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The Rivers We Guide 

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Lehigh River

 

 

The Lehigh River is a large tail-water by eastern standards that is best fished from drift boats and rafts.  It is arguably one of the best places to fly fish in Pennsylvania and one of the most scenic rivers on the east coast.  The Lehigh is one of Pennsylvania's best kept secrets due to the rugged landscape of the area and sheer size of the river.  Our target species on the Lehigh River are brown trout and rainbow trout.  The river has good populations of wild and stocked trout and offers an experience to catch large fish on dry flies on big water.  Our Lehigh guide season runs from March until late June until the waters warm and then picks up around the beginning of October.

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Susquehanna River

 

The Susquehanna is the second largest river system in the U.S and one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries in Pennsylvania and perhaps arguably in the country.  Smallmouth bass, an often overlooked quarry provide anglers with premium opportunities for streamer fishing and vicious top water action.  When PA's waters are too warm to fish the Susquehanna is in full swing and offers incredible fishing opportunities.  Join us on a float trip in one of our drift boats or rafts for some incredible fishing.  Our Susquehanna season runs from roughly mid June until November.  30-80 fish days are common give or take.

 

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Juniata River

 

The Juniata River or the "Big J" is one of the largest tributaries to the Susquehanna River.  Our main target species on the Juniata are smallmouth bass and musky.  The Juniata as a smallmouth bass fishery closely rivals that of the Susquehanna and the two rivers resemble each other in many ways.  The river is best fished from drift boats or rafts.  Fishing the Juniata is a much more intimate fly fishing experience as it is much smaller than the Susquehanna and it is wadable in many sections as well. It resembles the appearance of a big trout river in many locations and it is full of smallmouth bass.  Our Juniata season runs from roughly mid June until November.  30-80 fish days are common give or take.

 

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Rates

 

Half day wade 300.00

Full day wade 400.00

5 Hour float trip 400.00

Full day float trip 550.00

Full day gorge trips 600.00

 

Custom overnight and multi day package trips in Pennsylvania and destination trips to Montana and Patagonia available.

 

All trips include rods, reels, terminal tackle, non alcoholic beverages and full days include lunch.  All pricing is per 2 anglers. We use one guide for every 2 anglers.  Call 610-500-3147 or email us at

wildeastoutfitters@outlook.com  

for details

 

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Meet The Guides

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Nick Raftas
Owner & Lead Guide 

Nick Raftas is the owner of Orvis Endorsed Guide Service and Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business, Wild East Outfitters.  Nick's father introduced him to fly fishing at the age of 7 years old.  Fly fishing has been Nick's lifelong obsession.   Nick began guiding in 2011 and walked away from his teaching job and began guiding full time in 2015. Nick's guide season is generally split up by running trips on the Lehigh River, Susquehanna River, and Juniata Rivers.

 

Nick has written articles that have been published in Fly Fisherman Magazine and has also contributed to Field and Stream Magazine.  Nick has also been a featured guide in the Hook Shot's video series.  

Nick served as the President of Lehigh Cold Water Fishery Aliance in 2020 and is currently a board member for the organization.  Nick is a strong supporter of Trout Unlimited and supports their fundraising efforts and frequently attends their chapter meetings in the Tri-State area to give presentations.  

Matthew Marran
Guide

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Matthew Marran is a guide and a teacher in Pennsylvania since 2010. In the outdoors he has done subsistence hunting & fishing in Alaska, shuttled boats in Colorado, and worked at an Orvis fly shop in Pennsylvania.

 

His favorite thing about guiding is teaching the drag-free drift. “Not casting, but learning how to get a drag-free drift is the main skill of fly fishing that most people just don’t get from videos or books.”

 

He guides in eastern and central, Pennsylvania.

He lives on his family’s farm in Chester County.

Andy Ranieri
Guide

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Andy grew up in central PA as part of a family where no one fished or hunted.  In Jr. High, one of his classmates exposed him to fly fishing.  He was instantly hooked. For his 15th birthday, he received a fly tying kit and signed up for an introduction to fly tying class.  The instructor was Bob Clouser and his son. 

 

Once he was able to drive, he became a shop rat at Bob Clouser’s fly shop along the banks of the Susquehanna River.  Bob was kind enough to teach him different things during slow times in the shop.  Andy became a fixture at central PA streams like Clarks, Big Spring, Spring Creek, The Letort and others.  When he got out of the service in the late 80’s, he took a job at the largest private hatchery East of the Mississippi.  One of the owners exposed him to the Beaverkill and Catskills which started a new chapter in his love for fly fishing.  This is where Andy met Art Lee and was fortunate enough to fish with him several days a week for an entire season. 

 

Since the mid to late 80s, Andy fell in love with the challenge of chasing fish on larger waters like the Susquehanna River, the Lehigh River, The Upper Delaware and The Youghiogheny. 

 

Just as Bob and Art shared their knowledge with him to make him a better angler, Andy looks forward to paying it forward and sharing what he learned over his 36 years of fly fishing.

Mike Kerstetter
Guide

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Adam Nidoh
Guide

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Adam was born and raised in Scranton, Pa. He still lives there. He grew up spin fishing for bass, but got into fly fishing when I was 13. Adam has been fly fishing for the past 18 years. He and his father are co-owners of A&G Outfitters, in Dickson City, Pa, for 14 years. Adam has been guiding on the Lackawanna, Lackawaxen, Lehigh, Delaware & Susquehanna Rivers for 10 years. Licensed in PA & NY.

Adam has worked as the Fly Fishing Instructor/Guide at TLAW for 5 years, and been a part of the Orvis R&D team for 3 years. Adam also has taught Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Courses at Keystone College for 3 years, and been recently published in the guide book, Keystone Fly Fishing & Fly Fisherman magazine. Adam also works at Whitetail Country Fly Shop in Starlight, PA & for Cross Current Guide Service.

Michael Lohman
Guide

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In 1972 Michael's father developed an interest in fly fishing so Michael decided to join with his father in learning how to fly fish. Back then there was no internet or fly fishing classes. Michael learned a lot through books and trial and error.

 

Since then, Michael has fished in many places for many species. He has fished all over Canada and even Newfoundland. He has trout fished in countless Pennsylvania trout streams. He has fished for bonefish and permit in Mexico and several islands in the Bahamas.  He has caught more stripers and bluefish than he can count.

 

One of his greatest passions is FF for tarpon. Michael's passion is fly fishing for tarpon throughout the Florida Keys.

Michael enjoys teaching fly casting and fly tying.  One would be hard pressed to find a better casting instructor and fly tying instruction than Michael.

 

Contact Us

Nick Raftas 610-500-3147

wildeastoutfitters@outlook.com

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