Saltwater and Tidal River Report
There have been birds and schoolie stripers everywhere when we can get outside the river mouth but that has not happened often over the past 3 weeks, cold, wind, rain and now snow! Unfortunately it looks like the resident Housy fish are running late to the party as they usually set up their winter pattern by the first week of November, so far they are scarce. This is about the only fishery left for stripers as the rough sea and wind conditions have been consistently brutal and it has been much colder than normal as well. Stay tuned for any updated but I think the fat lady is getting ready to test her vocal cords :-)
Freshwater Report -
Flooding conditions have also made freshwater trout and smallmouth fishing near impossible over the past few weeks but I expect a dry spell toward the end of November and we should be able to get into some excellent trout fishing in the Farmington River as well as some local wild trout streams. Pike fishing will pick up soon as well!
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!
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 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!
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!
Hunter's first Sea bass!
July - CJ with another big bass
All images and text - Copyright 2019 - Elser Guide Services, LLC