August 8, 2016

Saltwater/Tidal River Report

Well the Block Island trip has come and gone and as usual the fishing did not disappoint anyone! We had several stripers over 40lbs. with the largest coming in at about 47lbs. The sea bass and fluke fishing was also great. We never got offshore unfortunately to sample the tuna grounds in the Regulator....September that happens!

Our local fishing has slowed down as it typically does at this time of year but we have a good amount of small and larger bluefish in the area to keep the lines tight! Bait is everywhere and of all sizes which bodes well for the next several months of fishing. We are setting up for another great fall fishery anywhere between the CT River and Norwalk or everywhere in that zone like it was last year! Now is when we start our hunt for the elusive bonito which on a good year will be in our waters any day and stay into September. We will be running these trips starting this week, so if interested in the chance at these fish give a shout out! Of course if we do not come across these tasty little tuna in our travels we can fall back on some sea bass and fluke fishing nearby, as well as bluefish and striped bass action that should be picking up by next week again. In about 3-4 weeks we should see the arrival of false albacore again and last season was one of the very best on record so try to get n the books for one of these September and October trips for albies, big bass and gator blues!

Freshwater Report -

We are in full blown summer mode and the only river that will produce well at this time of year is the Farmington as it is a tailwater with cold water being released from below a very deep reservoir/dam. Early morning nymphing with stoneflies in the riffles is deadly right now as well as streamers in moderate riffles. Evenings can produce well with sulfurs and also large baitfish and mouse patterns into can pick up some really big browns doing this!

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, even your own home! He has all the tackle and can also incorporate a lesson into a trip out on the Sound or inland lakes for trout and smallmouth bass.

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! daughter and I found these beautiful wild brook trout right on our property in a tiny trickle where they continue to survive through floods and drought conditions.

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.


"IP" Gregory with a fine wild brown trout he caught on our outing near my home in Southbury, CT...what a great day of catching and catching up!

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!

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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!

The new rig at it's slip in Stratford, CT!

July 2016 - Heather with another solid striper

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!