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A great new store and staff with a LOT of gear. They are genuinely interested in where I fished and what I caught. A minimum of three guys are working all the time- usually Scott the owner, Bob, and Forrest. They provide personal assistance and unlimited time and attention every time I am there. Forrest and Scott (the owner) provide intel on the local waters and will sit with me at their desks and pull up Google earth to map out the best fishing spots. What a great resource less than 15 minutes from my home.
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Top notch customer service. My husband asked for a set of Simms waders like I got last year for our first wedding anniversary. I had the hardest time finding his size. I found it through Compleat Angler but unfortunately sold out before my order was completed. Scott called me and told me he was sending me this years versions instead. A big company would have just cancelled my order. There really is something to be said for shopping at small business. They earned a customer for life. He got to use his waders today and he’s beyond thrilled. Can’t recommend enough.
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For our freshwater anglers Fall has officially arrived, and with that Fall/Winter state stockings. Stockings begin with select ponds and lakes, so we will keep you posted on updates to our local rivers. In addition, the state will be stocking Seeforellan Brown Trout and Atlantic Salmon. With the amount of water we’ve had this season and some pretty good temperatures there will still be some holdovers from Spring as well. Bug activity has increased, namely Blue Winged Olives (especially on the Housatonic). Saltwater reports have been relatively quiet due to storms and high winds, however conditions are shaping up to be a great week for our local saltwater anglers. Albies have been seen infrequently in our area, while Rhode Island and Long Island have seen great fishing for hardtails with rafting Stripers mixed in close to the beaches and inlets. Silversides, Bay Anchovies, Peanut Bunker (especially), and Sand Eels are all a part of the menu. Read on for more…
Hello Compleat Angler friends! We have better news on the freshwater side of things, as colder evenings and mornings have pushed water temperatures down to more fishable levels, and there is plenty of water to set us up nicely for a good Fall season. However, no Fall stockings have occurred locally yet, so be sure to check back. In the next few weeks our trout fishing will see an improvement, especially in the streamer game as trout approach pre-spawn and look for larger meals to bulk up. Flows and clarity will be good for wading on all of our rivers with the exception being the Housatonic, which ideally has to drop below 1000 CFS. Saltwater has started to improve nicely around Connecticut, with some lucky anglers finding Albies mixed in with Bluefish, however the fall run is still relatively early in our area. Rhode Island continues to be the most consistent spot for Hardtails, with Long Island being a close second, however it has still been hit-or-miss. Keep an eye on forecasts for this weekend when the wind will increase Friday night and reach 20 mph on Saturday with rain. Read on for more…
Hello Compleat Angler Friends! Cooler evenings during these upcoming weeks should prove useful for Fall freshwater fishing, so look for improvements in Trout and bug activity soon. Due to rain, our local rivers received quite a bit of water, and the Housatonic currently has poor wading and clarity. Flow cuts at the dam have the Farmington lower than average, so be mindful of your water temperatures. Early mornings have been safe, however you should consider fishing closer towards the dam once the late morning hits as temperatures in Riverton are still reaching 70 degrees. In upstate New York the Salmon River continues to see a push of fresh Kings and Cohos daily, and the middle sections of the river are becoming more active. Meanwhile, the Delaware flows have increased which hasn’t helped the lackluster hatches this month, so consider streamer fishing until flows are more normal. Rhode Island saltwater continues to be the most productive for Albies and Bonito, and the Bass and Bluefish bite has remained consistent towards the Western Sound. The furthest West Albies were reported was off Old Saybrook, so we should see them more westerly in a couple of weeks. This weekend we are going to experience high winds from the hurricane offshore, so please use caution and pay attention to weather reports! Read on for more…