Saltwater and Tidal River Report
We are starting to get a good mix of larger stripers and the occasional big bluefish in the western sound, and false albacore continue to have a strong showing in much of LI Sound. The first week of October yielded bass to 36lbs. on our local trips and several albies were caught along the way. Lots of small bluefish to keep the kids happy and of course porgies. Sea bass and blackfish are the prime targets right now for table fare but we are mostly focusing on the cows coming to graze in our waters over the next month or so. Topwater lures as well as live bait and tube and worm trolling are some of our go to methods to put you on the fish of a lifetime!
Freshwater Report -
About the only good trout fishing right now is the Farmington River as it is a tailwater that has cooler temps due to a bottom release dam. Right now you can catch fish on streamers, nymphs and dries and the best hatches are coming off late afternoon into dark, with March Browns, ISOs and Sulfurs being the only ones you won't need a magnifying glass to tie on!
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
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