May 2017

This 10lb. fluke inhailed an 8 inch skirt/squid strip offering in 25 feet of water near Westport on May 20th, these doormat's are feeding on big baits right now....see top right photo!

Saltwater/Tidal River Report

Our focus has now shifted completely to LI Sound for stripers, bluefish, fluke and seabass now. The Stratford to Bridgeport area should heat up solid by Memorial Day weekend as areas to the west like Stamford and Greenwich have had good action with big blues and bass up to 30+ pounds. We will be dialed into the action for the rest of the season so get a date booked now!

Typically the biggest fish of the season come through in May for our hot spots but this year it will be June thanks to the much cooler than normal water temps. We had temps in the 54 to 56 degree range off of Stratford this week and that is still chilly. Like I said I feel as though the big girls are coming home for the holiday weekend!

Freshwater Report -

The Hendrickson hatch is at it's tail end now in the Housy and Farmy but the Caddis are just turning on for both rivers. By the middle of June we will see the Alder fly hatch in it's prime on the upper Housy so keep that in the books for a visit to get into some of the best topwater fishing that river has to offer. The Farmy will see a decent sulfur hatch coming as well so plenty of dry fly action post the infamous Hendy's!

Don't overlook some great pike fishing to be had on Lillinonah and Bantam, both of these lakes hold monstrous pike as well as Zoar too!

We shift most of our attention to the salt starting in June but if you are interested in a river guided trip we can get you dialed into the best freshwater action as well.

A 20" survivor strain Farmington River brown trout hooked on a size 12 parachute Hendrickson dry fly!

Interested in Fly Casting instruction for fresh or salt water? Captain Chris Elser is a certified casting instructor and will be offering lessons and instruction throughout the season. Take advantage of one-on-one personalized instruction at any location that is convenient for you! He has all the tackle and can also incorporate a lesson into a trip out on the Sound.

Captain Chris Elser has been writing the Western Long Island Sound fishing reports since April of 2006, you will surely get detailed information on fishing for Stripers, Bluefish, False Albacore and more! Pick up the new isue for the latest info!

Tight Lines!

Heather above with a 52.5 inch striper taken on a red tube and gulp imitation sandworm trolled up on light tackle with a Lamiglas Tri-Flex conventional and Avet MXL reel!


A healthy 16" holdover rainbow trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph in a headwater riffle.

This false albacore was 6 oz. from being a state record at just over 14lbs. and was caught on Sept. 29, 2009 near Milford, CT. It was my personal best fat albert! Let's hope they stack in tight again!

Bonito can be expected in August, it was an epic year in 2009.



My big fly rod fish above was taken July of 2009 on a 15 inch all black spun deer hair pattern tied by Peter Viviano, Jr. - check out all of his selection at

A pristine wild brown trout that fell for a traditional wet fishing the Pomperaug River in early May!

A vew off the stern with twin 250 HP 4 stroke power to get us to the fishing grounds comfortably and fast!

June 1, 2016 - 30+ lb. Striper near Stratford!

The new rig is finally home - well new to us anyway!
This boat is well kept 2005 26 foot Regulator that will get us to the fishing grounds safely in almost any conditions.


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Above is what the 10lb. doormat coughed up when we got it in the boat! Go big or go home as they say!

A gorgeous wild brook trout from a small local stream, we landed over a dozen without even using a hook...just a worm with a knot around it, the ultimate way to not harm them :-)

October 2016 - Future "sharpie" or I could almost classify 3 year old Colton as a sharpie already! Proud of my little grand sons!

October 2016 - Captain Elser with one of many false albacore landed throughout the month in our local waters!

August 2016 - Captain Elser with a 58lb. LI Sound cow bass that inhaled a 2lb. bunker in 10 feet of water!

July 2016 - Heather with a chunky 47lb. linesider in some dense fog!

July 2016 - CJ with another big bass

July 2016 - Shawn Moore getting in on the striper madness!

July 2016 - Zach caught this beauty on a tube and worm rig in 30 feet of water.

Hunter's first Sea bass!

July 2016 - Heather with another solid striper

Always take the time to take a kid fishing, nothing like getting kids outdoors and away from all of the electronic distractions these days....enjoy the outdoors and please respect your environent!