September 1, 2016

Saltwater/Tidal River Report

We had an incredible week of fishing to cow stripers and gator bluefish this past week, although we did have to take about a 1 hour boat ride to get into the heat of the action! Not a big deal now with our 26 Regulator which offers an incredibly comfortable ride to the fishing grounds. Big bass and blues are chowing on adult bunker just east of Branford and I think this action is heading west. We have had sightings and catch reports of bonito locally but they are still not a high percentage to locate. False albacore should be showing up very soon and if it is anything like last year we will all be happy! Right now our local action in the Stratford area consists of mostly bluefish with the occasional striped bass mixed in, but expect that all to change this week most likely. We will also be running east to areas like Branford, Clinton and Westbrook on good weather days until the fish get a little closer to home port! We had bass up to 58lbs. this past week and bluefish up to 14lbs. and several bonito sightings along the way....stay tuned it's going to be an exciting start to the fall run on the LI Sound!

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!

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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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August 28m 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!