Client Testimonials

Here's what fly fishers are saying about Tom's Fly Fishing Service

"My mom and dad gave me a day fishing with Tom and my dad for my twelfth birthday. It was awesome! Tom spent most of the day with me on the water catching fish. The best part was at the end of the day I could do everything that I needed to catch fish by myself. My dad and I have gone fishing many times since. Thanks Tom!”

Cole Whalen, 12

"Tom Brtalik runs a first class guide service and I strongly recommend him to anyone interested in fly fishing the classic trout streams of Pennsylvania. I am fairly new to the sport and found Tom's information to be invaluable. Through his careful instruction (and lots of patience) he helped me improve my skills ten fold in a single day! He has the expertise, experience and enthusiasm to make your trip a memorable one. If you are considering a guided trip in Pennsylvania, Tom's Fly-Fishing Service is the only way to go!"

Scott Nichols
Annapolis, Maryland

"Tom's Fly-Fishing Service provided me with a diverse, interesting fishing experience. I learned a lot of new skills and enjoyed applying them to catch some nice brown trout. Tom is an excellent person who makes the fishing both entertaining and informative. I would recommend this guide service to anyone, novice to experienced - who wants to take in the breath taking Pennsylvania trout fishing experience. He and his wife make a great streamside lunch!"

Mark Seremet
Ligonier, Pennsylvania

“I’ve had the pleasure of fishing with Tom on two occasions now and plan on making the pilgrimage to PA an annual event.  His knowledge of local waters, humor and patience all combine for truly unforgettable days you wish wouldn’t have to end due to fading light.”

John Hathaway
Bethesda, MD

"I had the distinct pleasure of engaging Tom Brtalik for a day of fishing this past September in Pennsylvania. Energetic and engaging, Tom kept my enthusiasm throughout the day. He literally gave me a full course on fishing small limestone streams, including every technique and situation. An "on the water" session such as I experienced is absolutely priceless - most fly fishers will never have such an opportunity no matter the price. That night when I returned to our hotel I made sure to make notes from memory on major points that he taught me, notes that I refer to often. Those who are of not open mind and know all that can be known about fly fishing will be equally pleased! Tom knows his home waters extremely well and his good humor and patience will be extended to all types."

Mark B. Borserine
Overland Park, Kansas


"My nine year old son and I went fishing the Susquehanna River last August with Tom, and we had a wonderful day. My son used his trusty push button Zebco while I fished a variety of flies. Tom is very generous in sharing his fishing knowledge and we caught smallmouth up to 15 inches in length! The Susquehanna River is one big food factory filled with hungry fish. We hope to get out with Tom again this summer. If you have never fished the Susquehanna River I can tell you it is a lot more fun than a good day out west!"

Pittsburgh, PA

"In late October last year I met Tom for a day of fly fishing.  I wasn’t keen on fishing in the late fall, but Tom assured me it would be both fun and productive.  He was right.  The wading was easy, casting upstream with plenty of room for the back cast and fish more than happy to take a chance on a dry fly.  After catching one 17” brown and a few smaller ones, I was convinced.  Dry flies in the morning, nymphs in the afternoon, fishing through riffles, fast deep runs and quiet pools, walking about a mile the whole day.  Tom knows the streams he guides on, instructs patiently and obviously really enjoys what he does so well.  I’m going back next summer!”

Chase Kneeland
Lansdale, PA

"It’s tough to beat the fishing where Tom has selected to host his clients.  I totally enjoyed the day I spent with Tom; it was more like spending the day with a good friend who knows a huge amount about fly fishing and is willing to share his knowledge.  As a novice fly fisher, I learned a great deal from Tom and his eagerness to share his knowledge about the area, flies, casting techniques, etc.  I’m already planning another trip with Tom but bringing my son along this time.”

Dan Craytor
Broadlands, VA