Our select group of professional guides are on staff with years of experience to make your day on the water as productive as possible.  


Jeff Church 

Jeff Church with a nice brown from the choppy water.

Jeff Church with a nice brown from the choppy water.

After guiding for 13 years at Al Caucci's Delaware River Club, Jeff came to work for WBA in 2008. Prior to discovering the Upper Delaware system, Jeff guided out in Alaska on the Alagnak River and led many remote float trips throughout Western Alaska and Katmai park. He has also guided anglers for salmon and steelhead, fall and winter throughout the Great Lakes tributaries, and in Connecticut on the Housatonic and Farmington Rivers for trout. When he is not matching the hatch here on the Upper Delaware, he enjoys chasing bonefish on the flats of Andros in the Bahamas or doing an annual fall float on some remote Alaskan River. He is a member of The Henry's Fork Foundation and is very active in FUDR, having won the Top Guide in the One Bug in 2012 and placing 2nd in 2013.

NYS Guide License # 2126


Kevin Corser

Kevin Corser with a slab on the West Branch

Kevin Corser with a slab on the West Branch

Kevin Corser has been guiding for several years now for West Branch Angler and is a true student of the sport.  Kevin grew up in the Rochester, NY area and is currently attending SUNY Brockport working on his master's degree in freshwater ecology.  With Kevin's expert knowledge of entomology along with his skills as a fly tier you will be in good hands when the evening hatch rolls around.  When Kevin isn't guiding clients he is usually out on the river testing his own skills against the Delaware's finest.   


Matt Ertzinger

Matt with a nice West Branch brown on top.

Matt with a nice West Branch brown on top.

Matt spent his teen years chasing trout around the cascades mountains of the pacific northwest. It wasn't long until he found a special place in his heart and was consumed by Oregon's coastal rivers and the winter steelhead they hold. In 2006 matt left the west coast and moved to central New York.  Over the past ten years he has explored hundreds of waters across New York and New England and has become very fond of the buttery colors of the wild browns of the northeast.  As a guide Matt would like to share his knowledge, success and experiences with his clients so they may have a chance to do the same with their family and friends.

NYS Guide #7669


John Fabian

John Fabian (left) with a beautiful Delaware brown and happy client.

John Fabian (left) with a beautiful Delaware brown and happy client.

John Fabian has been guiding for the last 6 years and in 2012 become part of the West Branch Angler team. "I cut my teeth in the fly fishing industry chasing migratory fish and warm water species around the Great Lakes. During steelhead season I work with Steelhead Alley Outfitters and spend my summer months in Wyoming working for Rock Creek Anglers. My philosophy for fishing is simple, always a student. There is always something else to learn or improve upon. When you're in my boat I am very confident that you will not only enjoy our time on the water, but you will leave as a more proficient angler. It is my goal to provide you with an enjoyable, fulfilling day whether you're a beginner or an accomplished angler. The Delaware River system is an amazing resource and I take pride in showing it to others."

NYS Guide License #6795


Adam Franceschini

Adam Franceschini enjoying the still water.

Adam Franceschini enjoying the still water.

Adam grew up in the Berkshire Mountains of northwest Connecticut where he learned how to fish at an early age.  Instilling in him a passion for fishing, water, and the outdoors, his both of his grandfathers made Adam his first fishing rod at a young age.  Adam began guiding on the famed rivers of western Montana, where he quickly learned how to navigate a drift boat on big water.  Since then, he has guided on the San Juan River in New Mexico, the Amazon River Basin of Brazil, and the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY, and served as head guide for Housatonic River Outfitters in Connecticut for five years.

Along with being a commercial fly designer and an Ambassador to the American Museum of Fly Fishing, he is a popular guest speaker and a Sage Pro Staff member.  Adam is a year-round professional guide holding guide licenses in six states working on the water eleven mouths of the year.  He spend his spring guiding for the West Branch Angler in Hancock, NY, the fall guiding for Lake Erie steelhead for Chagrin River Outfitters in Chagrin Falls, OH, the winter guiding on the South Holston River in Bristol, TN, and the summer guiding for Tikchik Narrows Lodge in Bristol Bay, AK.  

NYS Guide License #6936


Matthew Ippoliti

Matt began guiding just out of college and made the transition from Boulder to Basalt in 2000, when he started working for the Taylor Creek Fly Shop.  Industry legend Tim Heng, and his cast of senior guides created the type of learning environment where ability alone was not enough.  Stewardship, grace, and professionalism were requirements to ensure the impeccable reputation that the shop was built on.  These values are evident when fishing with Matt, as well as is his desire to build a guide service the same way in the East.  Having lived the guide life for over eighteen years, and operating out of his mobile fish camp in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Tennessee, he has no shortage of expertise or local knowledge.  In his spare time, Matt builds non-toxic steel anchors for drift boats and rafts, goes mountain biking, and runs fishes for fun. 


Jennifer Kakusian

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Jennifer has been fly fishing for 40 years, catching her first trout on the Genegantslet Creek when she was 8 years old. She has been guiding since 2008. She has been an active board member of the #031 Al Hazzard Trout Unlimited for 20 years and has been the President for of the Chapter for 8 years. Jennifer is a graduate of Wells College and University of Scranton. Her home water is the Main Stem of the Delaware River, but she loves fishing smaller creeks both in New York and Pennsylvania for brook trout. She is a licensed NYS DEC guide as well as with the National Park Service.

NYS Guide License 5159


Mark Malenovsky

Mark Malenovsky with a fatty rainbow.

Mark Malenovsky with a fatty rainbow.

Mark Malenovsky is a licensed New York State, Pennsylvania and National Park Service Fishing Guide. He has over 35 years experience pursuing fish on the waters of the Catskills, Delaware system and Long Island. Mark enjoys teaching young and old the techniques needed to catch fish in the waters he guides on. He especially enjoys head hunting big wild trout on dries on the Big D. Mark encourages catch and release and supports the conservation of our natural resources. He is a life member of Trout Unlimited and a member of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association.

NYS Guide License #2736


Joe Marinzel

Joe Marinzel with a nice mainstem brown.

Joe Marinzel with a nice mainstem brown.

Joe has been involved in the outdoors since his early childhood. He got his feet wet Musky fishing in Canada with his father and grandfather at the age of 10. After years of annual outings Musky fishing the excitement of the outdoors led him down a path of hunting and fishing all over the world. Joe has fly fished the great lakes for Steelhead from Lake Huron to Ontario. His love of trout fishing eventually led him out West to Jackson Hole where he started guiding on the Snake and South Fork for a couple seasons. In 1998 Joe moved back East to guide on the Delaware and met a fisherman from Sweden that taught him how to Spey cast. Joe was instantly hooked on double handed casting styles and began to use these techniques to catch trout, steelhead, and anything that was receptive to a swung fly. Joe soon found himself flying to Sweden to fish for Atlantic Salmon. After a few Atlantic's under his belt he began spending a month each year fishing the Skeena system for ocean run Steelhead in British Columbia. Now Joe spends his time guiding the Delaware system full time in Spring and Summer and doing double handed trips up north on the Salmon river. With 14 seasons the the Delaware and experience guiding in MT, WY, CO, PA and NY. Joe is a wealth of knowledge.

NYS Guide License #4869


Dustin Mason

Dustin Mason (right) with two happy clients.

Dustin Mason (right) with two happy clients.

Practically raised with a rod in hand, Dustin has been fly-fishing for the better part of his life. He grew up fishing the Pennsylvania tributaries to Lake Erie for Fall and Spring run Steelhead, where he has also been guiding for the past several years. While pursuing a degree with a focus in Outdoor Leadership from the Parks & Resource Management program at Slippery Rock University, he was first introduced to the Upper Delaware River System in 2006, working for another fly-fishing outfitter in the area. Returning every Spring, he has logged over 150 days a year on the water each season, both as a fisherman and guide, sharing his experiences and passion for the sport with his fellow fly-fishermen. Technically self-taught, he gives all credit to careful observation and a passionate determination to learn and understand the many different rhythms of the natural environment in which our targeted species thrive.

NYS Guide License #5281


Scott McClintock

Scott McClintock hoisting a beauty.

Scott McClintock hoisting a beauty.

Scott developed an interest in the outdoors at a young age growing up fishing, hunting, and backpacking in Pennsylvania. He started fishing when he was around 8 years old when it became an ever growing passion. Although Scott’s primary fish target is trout, he has fished for muskie, pike, walleye and bass with fly rod providing him with experiences that has honed is ability to find stock and present flies to fish. Fishing Pennsylvania, Ohio, Montana, Idaho, Michigan, Alaska, North Carolina, and New York waters has given him diverse experiences and enabled him to develop key techniques over the years. The last 15 years Scott has taken many people to southwest Montana, Idaho and Yellowstone country providing them with educational, successful, and enjoyable experiences on the many well known and not so well known streams of that region. The Henry’s Fork in Idaho is one of his favorite western destinations. In the fall and winter he guides for Steelhead on Steelhead Alley, late spring and early summer with us on the Delaware, then he guides in Montana, Yellowstone country, until late summer.

NYS Guide License #6464


John Miller

John Miller with another great brown.

John Miller with another great brown.

John grew up in the Catskill Mtns. in upstate New York. He began tying flies and fly-fishing at an early age, perfecting his skills on the Esopus, Kaaterskill, Plattekill, Beaverkill and Schoharie Rivers. His knowledge of aquatic entomology and proper photographic techniques have enabled him to capture stunning photos that have appeared in various articles and books. John has been a guide and fly-fishing instructor for over 15 years. He mastered his skill of Entomology at the Delaware River Club with colleagues Al Caucci and Bob Nastasi. He also guided in West Michigan for Matt Supinski at The Gray Drake Lodge. In late spring and summer you’ll find him as a guide for the West Branch Angler on the Upper Delaware River System and in the fall, winter and early spring on The Lake Erie Tributaries guiding for Steelhead Alley Outfitters. He has also been an Orvis endorsed guide since 2002.

NYS Guide License #3400


Wiley Paul

Wiley Paul with a nice rainbow.

Wiley Paul with a nice rainbow.

NYS Guide License #4818


Kevan Smaracko

Kevan with a nice Delaware Brown

Kevan with a nice Delaware Brown

As a youth, Kevan grew up in Tannersville, PA where his father introduced him to the Bushkill, Broadhead and other nearby freestone streams in the Poconos. In his teens Kevan attended a conservation camp sponsored by the local Trout Unlimited Chapter. This experience influenced Kevan to pursue a curriculum at Slippery Rock universitythat would combine business, stream management and ecology whichprepared him to be on the river as a professional guide.  Not long after his graduation from college in 2007, Kevan found himself a guide position on the Upper Delaware River where he has worked for the last nine years. Montana was Kevan’s first venture west during the summer and fall. He further developed his skills in the Missoula area where he took his clients on the Bitterroot, Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Rock Creek . Three years later he was off again from June to October working in Alaska for the Newhalen Lodge where led trips via jet boat and float plane to lakes and rivers nearby.

Presently Kevan lives with his wife Tanya, an avid fly fisherwoman, and his two dogs. Kevan and his family live outside of Callicoon, NY on the main Stem of the Delaware. When he is not floating the river, you can find him in a deer stand or behind his English setter hunting upland game.


Rick Watson

Rick started his fly fishing career in 1991 at the Valley Angler on the Chagrin River and went on to graduate from the Orvis Western Rivers Guide School with the famed Bressler Outfitters in Jackson Hole Wyoming in 1993. Since then Rick has spent over two decades guiding for trout and steelhead throughout the West, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. For the past eight years, Rick has fished the Upper Delaware system and now guides the entire season for West Branch Angler. In the offseason Rick guides grouse hunting trips and hosts saltwater trips to Guatemala, Belize and Florida.