August 2017

Saltwater/Tidal River Report

Striped bass fishing is slow as it typically is during the month of August, but the waters are cooling after the first week which is strange to say the least! We have had a very cool weather pattern to start the month so I expect our fall fishing pattern to light up sooner than later. Right now we are just seeing a push of decent sized bluefish into the western sound and ground fishing remains OK for now with some sea bass, fluke and tons of porgy in the mix. Early in the morning and later in the evening are the best chances at picking up bluefish and stripers rushing into the uber abundant bunker schools spread thoughout the entire LI Sound. Snappers and peaunuts are now in area so topwater lures and flies will start producing soon as stripers and blues hone in on them near estuaries and harbor mouths. No sign loclaly of bonito but that can change in just a tide, albies expected to arrive as usual in about a month around mid September. It would be nice to see the bonito and albies here together again, it has been 8 long years since I have witnessed that incredible fishery, and we are due to see it happen again.

Freshwater Report -

Trout fishing in the Farmington continues to be good, the Housatonic is a good shot at smallmouth fishing as the white fly hatch starts in early August and this is night fishing essentially but you can tie into some really nice smallies in the Cornwall area. Trout sanctuaries where small streams enter the river are closed until the middle of September as the Housy runs very warm compared to other streams in our area.

Don't overlook some great pike fishing to be had on Lillinonah and Bantam, both of these lakes hold monstrous pike as well as Zoar too!

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! He has all the tackle and can also incorporate a lesson into a trip out on the Sound.

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!

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.

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!

A vew off the stern with twin 250 HP 4 stroke power to get us to the fishing grounds comfortably and fast!

The new rig is finally home - well new to us anyway!
This boat is well kept 2005 26 foot Regulator that will get us to the fishing grounds safely in almost any conditions.

Always take the time to take a kid fishing, nothing like getting kids outdoors and away from all of the electronic distractions these days....enjoy the outdoors and please respect your environent!


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A 30+ lb. Striper taken near Stratford!

A 10 lb. fluke taken near Westport, CT

Zach caught this beauty on a tube and worm rig in less than 30 feet of water.

Above is what the 10lb. doormat coughed up when we got it in the boat! Go big or go home as they say!

A gorgeous wild brook trout from a small local stream, we landed over a dozen without even using a hook...just a worm with a knot around it, the ultimate way to not harm them :-)

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

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!

Hunter's first Sea bass!

July 2016 - Heather with another solid striper