October 2016

Saltwater/Tidal River Report

There are bass and bluefish anywhere from the CT River to Norwalk now and it is only going to get better for the month of November! Topwater action has been on the past week and we expect it to improve daily as more and bigger fish pass through our area on their fall migration. Peanut bunker are still holding strong in some estuaries all along the coast and adult bunker are locked up in several harbors so get out and enjoy the best time of year to fish...even if Mother Nature is being difficult!

Freshwater Report -

Many rivers are still at a very low flow in our area but the Farmington River is still the best bet with several thousand stocked trout added in the past few weeks along with the numerous resident holdover and wild trout that inhabit the river year round! Isonychia are the big fly hatch right now but tan caddis in sizes 16-18 are more prevelant from late morning until late afternoon. Streamers are always a good bet at this time of year as well so whatever your pleasure it is a great time to wet a line on this world class trout stream!

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!

Sweet....my 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 www.fishflyes.co

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



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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 28, 2016 - Captain Elser with a 58lb. LI Sound cow bass that inhaled a 2lb. bunker in 10 feet of water!

August 2016 - Gator blues are in town!

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!