Matthew Kowalchuk was raised in the heart of Central Pennsylvania. As a child Matt was drawn to the natural beauty of the outdoors. Hunting, fishing and trapping, were Matt’s favorite excuses to be outdoors. On his 15th Christmas Matt was gifted a fly rod, which he used to chase trout on his local Central Pennsylvania freestone streams. At the age of 16, Matt made the Youth USA Fly Fishing Team and competed in the 2007 FIPS-Mouche Youth World Fly Fishing Championship.
Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management with a minor in Environmental Studies from Lock Haven University. After college, he interned with a local outfitter, where he learned the ins & outs of guiding while providing a positive & personal experience day in and day out on the water.
Today, Matt manages The Feathered Hook Fly Shop on the banks of Penns Creek, just an hour drive from where he fell in love with the art of angling. He is also the Head Guide for the Feathered Hook Guide Service. Over the past four years he has enjoyed putting seasoned anglers, first time fly fishers, families and corporate groups on Pennsylvania’s beautiful wild brown trout.
If Matt is not chasing finned creatures or in the shop, you can find him in a tree with a bow or chasing ring necks with his trusty German Shorthaired Pointer, Leona.