May 2017

It's been a crazy couple of weeks for us, whew, but we are back in action for the charter season so call to book your trips NOW to get in on the best fishing of the season the next few months and then again in September through November! We expect the big bass to arrive in the area within the next week so get on board!

Right now we have several great fishing opportunities available, Check out the latest fishing report!

The Hendrickson's are coming off good right now on the Farmington River and Housatonic River, now is your best opportunity to catch an epic wild brown trout on a dry fly close to home, the hatch will continue until early June and then the Caddis hatch takes over but nymphing remains productive throughout the season...Enjoy if you are dialed in but call us if you need a fly fishing lesson or a guided trip out on the river - 203-216-7907 - Captain Chris!
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With over 35 years experience Captain Chris Elser specializes in connecting anglers with big striped bass whether you prefer casting large herring and bunker flies, drift live eels or live line adult menhaden! This is an addictive pursuit and our success rate on stripers over 30lbs. is second to none in the Western Long Island Sound with fish up to 58 lbs. locally in the past several seasons. But, if you want to get more adventurous the Captain is also dialed into the Block Island fishery in which many stripers well over 60lbs. have been landed – rest assured that Captain Chris Elser will give you the best shot at a fish of a lifetime and you are certain to enjoy the hunt!

This one below was released quickly and measured 54" with a girth of 33" which according to the IGFA formula puts this fish at over 70lbs., and what makes this fish extra special is that it was caught in local CT waters in less than 10 feet of water!

The 62.5 lb. striped bass above was weighed in at the Block Island Boat Basin and caught by Heather Elser in less than 20 feet of water. Should have made it official as it could have been a women's world record!

Trout Fishing can be experienced at it's finest with world class trout fishing right here in CT! Contact Derrick Kirkpatrick who specializes in targeting trophy trout on the Farmington River - check out his info at CTfishguides.com. There are very few anglers tuned into the Farmington River trout fishery like Derrick, he will ensure you come away with a valuable lesson!

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After fishing with Captain Elser you will appreciate his intensity and passion for fishing whether stalking trophy striped bass casting a fly or drifting live menhaden over a deep water rip. When you fish with Capt. Chris you will be guaranteed a world class angling adventure for certain! CaptElser@Charter.net

Check out the collages of previous year catches on our photos page. A huge Thank You goes out to all that support us and the ongoing support we receive from SIMMS, Lamiglas Rods, Sage, and Reddington. Please visit the links above to check out their new and innovative rods, reels, lines and apparel for 2017!



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Captain Chris Elser has recently been published in Fly Fishing Saltwaters Magazine, Outdoor Life magazine with quotes related to tactics for big fall stripers and was also published in Saltwater Sportsman Magazine demonstrating live bait tactics for trophy striped bass and bluefish! • Captain Elser has been invited to speak on the Saltwater Sportsman Guide panel hosted by George Poveromo in Fairfield, CT • Read On The Water Magazine and get detailed Western Long Island Sound Reports written by Captain Chris Elser - STARTING again APRIL 2017!

Fish the Legendary Norwalk Islands, Long Island’s North Shore, the Housatonic River and Estuary, the CT River area and other eastern CT waters! Block Island trips can be arranged given sufficient notice.

Specializing in Fly Fishing, Live Bait, Spin & Sight Casting to Striped Bass, Bonito, False Albacore, Fluke, Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Pike. Experience the thrill of trophy striped bass fishing with Captain Chris Elser who has had over 40 years of angling passion guiding you to the fish!

As a USCG licensed captain and fully-insured guide, Captain Elser uses his cumulative experience to put anglers on fish. Chris is a natural teacher with a winning personality who will make you feel comfortable even before you step onboard.