November 17, 2014

Saltwater/Tidal River Report

It is mostly a schoolie bass game right now and the blackfish action has been excellent for those fishing wrecks and local breakwalls. The Housatonic River is stacking up nicely with resident wintering stripers and they will stay and continue to grow throughout the winter in the deeper sections near Shelton. Always fun to drop a tin can in the water and fish the schools of fish for numbers in the 100s but if you want to find some larger resident fish you will need to increase the size of your offering and slow the retrieve way down. Look for warmer days as the water cools into the low 40s over the next few weeks.

Freshwater Report -

Streamers are still producing on the Farmington and Housatonic River systems but a sink tip line and slow retrieve are in order to get in the action as water temps dip into the low 40s. The primary hatches that will be strong throughout the winter are Olives...BUT bring the 4x reader glasses as you will need to fish size 22-24 dries to get into the action.

We will be targeting Pike the next several weeks on Lake Lillinonah, once they fill the lake again as the water has been dropped about 10 feet in order for residents to remove their docks for the winter. I personally hope the ice stays away as I prefer open water fishing but pike feed aggressively throughout the winter under the ice too. Large live and dead suckers are the best choice for the real deal!

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 winter months. 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.
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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!

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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.

Another late September father and son team fish in the 30lb. range.

These 3 boys had the time of their life catching Gorilla blues near shore on a very sporty day of seas!

CJ Elser, with a personal best 50+ pound striper!

July - Curt Gowdy, Jr., above, with a sweet 25 lb. striper taken near mid day on July 6th. He also landed many 10+ lb. bluefish using grain lines and a 10 wt. fly rod...great fishing to end the day today Curt!

May - This was an epic day on the western LI Sound folks...we had 8 fish over 30lbs. in less than 3 hours live lining bunker in the Bridgeport area. The fish in the photo was by far not the largest but did not survive so I had a nice photo op before making dinner for 8 from her fillets! The largest fish was 48 inches and well over 40lbs. and I did not see a fish under 30....VERY memorable for this neck of the woods my friends.

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!

My son CJ with a fat 44lb. striper taken on July 18, 2009...we had about 10 this size in less than 3 hours!

Heather Elser shows off a sweet 43 inch striper taken in shallow water the first week of September, there were many more keepers and big bluefish as well and all within a stone's throw from shore!

July 23 - Heather with another 40+ lb. striper.

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May 8, 2012 – A healthy 16" holdover rainbow trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph in a headwater riffle.

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"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!

July 28, I actually took the liberty to land one myself on that epic day...but we had over 30 bass between 35-62lbs. in 5 days!!

October 24, 2011- A 2nd 30lb. b'day cow...wtg Shane

September 25, 2011- Shane with a 10 lb. false albacore off of Milford, CT.

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.

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October 24, 2011- Shane treated himself to a cow hunt for his birthday and succeeded witha fat 44" bass at 30+ lbs. taken at spot X near Stratford!

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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

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October 2014 - Mike and his dad had great action in
the Stratford area last week, fish busting on top and down deep.

October 2014 - Mike booked 2 consecutive trips and
once again some memories were made as he had
his fiance along for some Albie action! Congrats to
the happy couple!

August 2014 - A 50lb. class bass taken on a bright sunny day near Clinton, CT!

August 2014 - A 35lb. bass landed by Phil Stein that got the boat off to a quick start!

July 2014 - Rick with a nice 30+ lb. bass taken off of Clinton, CT

June 2014 - Captain Elser with a 27lb. bass

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My son CJ with a nice shallow water striper taken on the Housy in early May!

June, 2013 - Haas with brace of nice bass taken on live eels in very close to shore.

June 2014 - Rick with a nice 25lb. bass

June, 2013 - Pete Viviano with a really nice striper taken within a stone's throw of shore.

June 5, 2013 - Evan and his Dad Ryan above with a few fat stripers caught on live bunker off of Milford, CT.

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The Captain with a 44 inch Block Island Striper.

April 2013 - Peter Viviano Sr. with a sweet fly rod caught Housy striper and the best part his clouser was tied by his favorite tyer...the one and only Pete V. Jr :-)

April 27, 2013 - Steve with a 30" striper taken on an Xrap in less than 8 feet of water 5 miles up the Housatonic River.

April 27, 2013 - Peter Viviano, Sr. sticking it to a Housatonic River striper near the mouth of the river.

Pete V with a nice Housy spring bass on one of his signature "Yak" herring patterns - check out his fly selection at FishFlyes!

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October 30, 2013 - Mike and his Dad got to experience some of the finest Western Sound fishing all year with several 35+ inch bass and bluefish as well as some light tackle action.

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October 30, 2013 - Mike with a sweet 22lb. bass taken off of Milford, CT live lining bunker!

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October 30, 2013 - Mike and his Dad with a pair of fat Stripers on a beautiful late October afternoon.

April 2013 - This 24 inch rainbow fell for a size 16 emerger!

November 2012 - Curt Gowdy with a 34" inch striper taken off of Stratford CT.

July, a Block Island Cow caught by Heather Elser in tight to shore, we had several stripers between 40-58lbs. during our annual family trip!

40lb. bass like the one above stacked up nicely in the Milford and Stratford area in October and early November....the fall run! Congrats to Lewis on this 47" Cow!

Alec and Lewis with another Cow - October 23

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