January 2017

Saltwater/Tidal River Report

Well the open water season is behind us now but there are plenty of striped bass in the Housatonic River and a few other estuaries in the region. We are currently not operating charters until April 2017 but give Captain Ian Devlin a call at 203-451-9400 if you want to get into some excellent action on flies and light spinning tackle on the Housatonic River, he assured me he will be available until ice locks the river up!

Freshwater Report -

The Farmington River is about the only worthy game in the area for trout fishing throughout the winter months as it is a tailwater, which means the water closest to the bottom release dam will run warmer all winter. Fish will remain active upstream of Riverton and although slowly fished streamers, egg flies and nymphs are your best shot don't rule out a chance at some dry fly action on a sunny mid day outing!

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!

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!




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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 is finally home!

July 2016 - Heather with another solid striper