Northeast Fishing Report: 5/17/19

Northeast Fishing Report: 5/17/19

by Patrick Fowler May 17, 2019

Well folks, the roundup this week is fairly similar to last weeks. All of the pieces are in place to usher in what is the best part of the fly fishing year. The migration is on, the saltwater action is in full swing, and in most places the rivers are in that “just right” zone with decent flows and fish-friendly temperatures. All we need now is for the weather to warm up and actually, you know, feel like spring! If it does - when it does - we expect the angling to be fantastic throughout the region. Already here in Connecticut and in the Catskills the fishing has been really really good on rivers where the flows have settled, and that trend should roll northward as the weather improves.

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Beginners Guide to Striped Bass Gear

Beginners Guide to Striped Bass Gear

by Patrick Fowler May 16, 2019

We’re in the heart of Striper season here in the Northeast with plenty of action from Long Island Sound up to Maine. Striped Bass is what we’re known for in these parts, at least to anglers, but for the uninitiated getting out there can be a little daunting. Not only are you looking for fish in lots of water, but the wind, weather, and salt can take its toll. Not surprisingly, the right gear makes a big difference. Here’s our guide to getting geared up for Striper season.
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Northeast Fishing Report: 5/9/19

Northeast Fishing Report: 5/9/19

by Patrick Fowler May 09, 2019

Well we’ve finally had a few nice weather days in the Northeast, which has given anglers a chance to get out there without braving rain and high flows. It’s about time! For trout fisherman, many rivers have settled into more reasonable flows and while the hatches aren’t quite in top form yet, we’re seeing some early hatches start to kick into gear. On the salt, stripers continue to make their way north with larger fish coming along behind them. The action should continue to pick up especially as water temps climb, so keep your eyes peeled.
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Northeast Fishing Report: 5/3/19

Northeast Fishing Report: 5/3/19

by Patrick Fowler May 03, 2019

Well the story this week in the Northeast was a combination of good and so-so, depending on what you fish for. Recent rain continued to make for high flows and fickle conditions for trout anglers in most areas of the Northeast. Conditions changed rapidly which made timing the name of the game. On the other hand, the striper bite is on! Schoolies have been prevalent from New Jersey up through Cape Cod, and migratory fish have been found throughout southern New England. If stripers are your thing, start heading for the beaches, birds, estuaries and flats.
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Len's Latest: Catskill Fishing Report for May 1, 2019

Len's Latest: Catskill Fishing Report for May 1, 2019

by Len Handler May 01, 2019

Well, we’ve had a temporary reprieve from the rain, and some cloudy weather to tempt the bugs up from the depths. Our Catskill rivers are still running high, but they are clear. We’re in that time of year where every day is different and from one day to the next on the same river, you can feel like you’ve somehow detoured to a different river.
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The Northeast Fly Fishing Report: 4/26/19

The Northeast Fly Fishing Report: 4/26/19

by Patrick Fowler April 26, 2019

Well the theme this week is that the fishing has generally improved despite another few blasts of rain and spiky water levels. Areas that were blown out and unfishable last week have been producing trout this week, as water levels subside the fishing should only get better. In the salt, signs of migratory fish are showing up in New Jersey, and we’ve seen good and growing schoolie action throughout southern New England. While the conditions looking better, the best is yet to come - keep an eye on those gauges and get ready for prime time!
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Len's Latest: 4/24/19 Fishing Report

Len's Latest: 4/24/19 Fishing Report

by Len Handler April 24, 2019

Greetings Compleat Anglers! Here is your fishing report for April 24th. The headline is: Rain, Rain, Go Away! Although almost all rivers in NY, Connecticut and around the Metro area are high, there are still trout to be found (if you can get to them!). Read below for the area breakdown:
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Gear Review: The Patagonia Danner Wading Boot

Gear Review: The Patagonia Danner Wading Boot

by Patrick Fowler April 19, 2019 1 Comment

When Patagonia announced their partnership with Danner to create a whole new line of wading boots I was excited. Danner is one of the most respected boot companies in the United States, and for good reason. They hand-make every pair of boots right here in the U.S. and have a reputation for some of the most durable and comfortable boots on the market. 
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Northeast Fishing Report: 4/19/19

Northeast Fishing Report: 4/19/19

by Patrick Fowler April 19, 2019 1 Comment

Rain Rain Rain! That’s been the story this week across the Northeast, and more is on its way in many watersheds this weekend. That’s all part of early season fishing, of course, but it can still make things tricky. Keep your eyes on the water gauges and if needed, look for small tributaries which can clear up a bit faster. That said, there have been a few bright spots in the action. Read below to learn more!
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Northeast Fishing Report: 4/12/19

Northeast Fishing Report: 4/12/19

by Patrick Fowler April 12, 2019

Welcome to our first Northeast Fly Fishing Report of the season! Over the course of the next 8 months we’ll be sending out weekly reports covering freshwater and saltwater fly fishing in New England and New York (and occasionally, a few parts just to the south). Check back in frequently to get the latest word on what’s hot and what’s not! 
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Gear Review: Fishpond Submersible Lumbar Pack

Gear Review: Fishpond Submersible Lumbar Pack

by Patrick Fowler April 11, 2019

Here we go again! Another great product from Fishpond. It seems like no matter what Fishpond dabbles in lately, their execution has been right on the money. And the new Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar Pack is no exception. Well appointed, practical, and simple to use, this pack has a lot to offer the serious angler.
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Len's Latest: Fishing Report 4/3/19

Len's Latest: Fishing Report 4/3/19

by Len Handler April 03, 2019

Whether you’re fishing local rivers or the bigger Catskill rivers, the story this week is similar. For the most part, decent river flows and clear and cold water. Water temperatures both in New York and Connecticut remain in the mid-high 30’s. That means fishing, in general, will be slow and tough - especially in those waters that mainly contain wild fish. Best bets in all rivers right now are streamers fished slowly and nymphs and “junk” wets (egg patterns, mops, worms and green weenies) fished deep and slow. 
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