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Guiding Reviews

What a great day on the Nissitissit! We caught a bunch of fish but, more important, I learned a huge amount! You also have a great sense of humor, which, frankly, is a requirement for dealing with me. So it goes. You are such a generous guide and coach. I feel like I am going forward with 100% more confidence than I had before.

You're the best, Charlie!

David Powelstock

May 8, 2017

Having fun and learning don’t always go together, but they did with a half day on the Nissitissit River with Charlie. He’s an excellent teacher who knows the subject of fly fishing – and a pleasure to spend the time with. The best guides are also kind and patient human beings, and Charlie is certainly that. Anyone who has ever hired a guide with an “attitude” can appreciate those qualities. He structures the time - focusing on what you tell him you’d like to learn, shows you a few tricks of the trade you wouldn’t have thought to ask, and generally provides an overall great experience. Many guides facilitate your catching fish when you are with them – and we did that - but far fewer put such effort into making sure you’ll be able to replicate the fish-catching experience the next time you go out on your own. Charlie does that. Also, he’s is a consumer’s-best-bet as far as value for the guided dollar. Thank you Charles.

Michael Magee

May 8, 2014

I was looking for an introduction to Massachusetts trout streams and their required fishing techniques after moving back to Massachusetts from thirty years living in the Caribbean and the last few years spent fishing for Tarpon and Bonefish. Fishing for Trout in a New England stream is the opposite end of the spectrum from fishing for Tarpon. Charlie would have his work cut out for him.

Charlie first asked about my fishing history, skills and expectations for the day's outing. It was obvious that Charlie wanted to make sure that he fit the day's activities to both my skill levels and expectations to ensure the best outcome from the day. On the stream he was a combination of scout, teacher, cheerleader and gun bearer. Because I am so used to fishing saltwater flats or from a boat with plenty of unencumbered casting room I spent an inordinate amount of time fishing for trout in the trees. Of course I was never successful but Charlie, with a level of humor and patience rarely found in a guide, repeatedly removed my fly from the trees which landed there either because of poor casting or because on more than one occasion I struck the fish so hard that after missing, the fly ended up in a tree. When this would happen Charlie would humorously remind me, "Trout Brad, not Tarpon". Charlie spent our day together explaining and teaching the art of reading a stream, using different fishing and casting techniques and took me to places to show me where in the future I could fish the stream on my own. In addition, and as a result of Charlie's guiding, I caught some great fish.

In my years fishing I have had the occasion to fish with a number of guides and have attended one of the best known fishing schools. In Charlie Shadan I was lucky enough to find the epitome of both, a world class guide and a patient and talented teacher. I would gratefully fish with Charlie at any opportunity and have left with him a standing request, "Charlie, when you get a guiding cancellation call me and take me fishing".

Brad Clark

May 20, 2013

"We had a terrific day for fishing when we ventured out with Charlie. Our objectives were simple enough - have Charlie teach us (my son and I) the proper technigues for roll casting and for nymphing. Well, in 4 hours he did that and a lot more!

Not only did he provide the instruction needed for us to be able to roll cast and effectively fish nymphs, he provided the support needed for me to navigate the river.

He passed on as much of his years of experience as we could absorb in the time allowed and we ended the day much more knowledgeable and proficient than when we began it. Along the way Charlie also gave us a whirl wind tour of the river so we would have a number of spots to try when we go back on our own time.

All in all being on the water with Charlie was an excellent, informative, enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Thank you Charlie for a fine experience."

Steve Mentzer

May 5, 2013


Charlie’s 46 year of fly-fishing knowledge was evident while we were on the water. I learned a TON about reading the water, fly placement and how to use the correct cast while working the water in a systematic manner. I would not have been able to attain this knowledge on my own by using the trial and error method that I have been using for the past two years. My only regret is not going out earlier in my fly-fishing career. I had a great time plus we were able to catch some fish with my new knowledge.

David Royal

June 6, 2011