New 2017 Guide Listing!
Greetings Compleat Anglers!
Looking for a guide for a specific trip, fish type or area? Here’s a listing of some of the best around. You may contact them directly or give us a call or e-mail here at the shop at 203-655-9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can hook you up to some amazing fishing.
The guides listed below are pros – they’re knowledgeable, on the water all the time (fresh or salt water), know what insects are hatching, which rivers are hot, where the fish are in the Sound and what bait they’re on. They’ll make sure your time on the water is well-spent, action-packed and eventful! They’ve worked with us for years and we can highly recommend them!
If you’re new to the sport, or a seasoned angler who just wants to broaden your knowledge of where the fish are, casting techniques, fly tips, best times to be on the water – fishing with a guide will enrich your experience and add to your knowledge.
East Branch Outfitters
Ben Rinker has spent a lifetime fishing the rivers of Pennsylvania and the Catskills. Ben founded East Branch Outfitters in 2008 fulfilling a lifetime dream. Located in his lovely Hancock river-front farmhouse B&B nestled right on the banks of the Delaware East Branch, Ben daily floats all three Delaware Branches and hooks his clients up with amazing, wild Delaware River trout.
But more than simply catching fish, a float with Ben is a day of fishing, instruction (be it casting or entomology) and an awareness and appreciation of the wildlife and ecology of the amazing Delaware River ecosystem. All levels of anglers, from beginner to professional, benefit from Ben’s expertise and love of our sport. Ben has always believed that understanding the mechanics of basic as well as advanced fly fishing methods is an essential part of an angler’s success and enjoyment. To this end, Ben has designed a program to give each angler an understanding and knowledge of equipment, techniques and environmental conditions that will ultimately contribute to their successful journey as a fly angler. As a fly-tier, you can find Ben’s amazingly effective “Wunderbug” pattern in the Orvis catalogue.
Ben has always fiercely believed that this iconic, wild fishery is a fragile ecosystem, and the more we understand how these wild fish respond and adapt to changing conditions the more we can be good stewards of the river, so in November of 2016 Ben, along with a few other stakeholders, met with DEC and during that meeting there was mention that DEC was going to conduct a 3 year tagging study on the Upper Delaware Wild trout. Ben suggested to DEC that they consider training him and a few guides to tag and scan fish in the field and on other parts of the river as they go about their daily excursions. All of this is currently being accomplished with the cooperation of NYDEC and local guides and anglers, and on each float, Ben’s clients now get the opportunity to be part of this fascinating and important program!
Whether you are a novice seeking to find out more or an avid fly angler with years of experience wanting to up your game, you will experience the passion of fly fishing through the knowledge gleaned from Ben’s years on the river!
Rob is a full time guide on the Housatonic and Farmington rivers, located in the Northwest corner of Connecticut, and has been operating Housatonic Anglers since 1993. Rob’s knowledge of the sport comes from 25 years of guiding but he also continues to learn more about angling for trout through extensive travel to Chile, Argenitna, New Zealand, Labrador, Kamchatka, the UK, and the American West. All the guides he has fished with in these areas have helped him grow as an angler, caster and fly tyer. Rob conducts his guiding mostly from drift boats but wade trips are also offered. He likes to mix it up when guiding, switching between 10’ nymphing rigs, streamers with sink tips, wet flies, and, of course, his favorite, dry fly fishing. All of these methods require different skill sets and Rob helps teach his clients how become more effective at catching trout on a consistent basis given current conditions.
In addition to guiding, Rob runs a booking agency called Angling in the Andes which focuses on the best outfitters & lodges in Argentina and Chile. The lodges and outfitters that he recommends he knows personally because he has fished with them many times, so there are no surprises. Unlike other booking agents and even the lodges themselves that promote and “dress up” the fishing in their respective areas, Rob will give you the real skinny on what to expect if you travel to Patagonia. By selecting lodges and outfitters in a variety of very different locations, Rob can assist you in finding the place that best fits your fishing preferences and budget. Some of these trips are hosted by Rob and he also offers group discounts to clubs that put their own group together. Over the years Rob and his clients have taken thousands of photographs and video of Chile and Argentina. To see these images and videos posted on YouTube have a look at Rob’s two websites. www.anglingintheandes.com and www.housatonicanglers.com
Capt. Roger Gendron,
CT Island Outfitters
Captain Roger Gendron has been actively guiding the waters of Western Long Island Sound since 1989. As a local who has spent his entire life in this area, he started fly fishing the coast of Fairfield County Connecticut over 30 years ago, and was one of the first guides in the area to specialize in fly fishing and light tackle fishing in shallow salt water.
As well as teaching his clients fishing and fly-casting technique over the last twenty seven seasons, he has also been an instructor of advanced navigation and seamanship at the American Marine Training school formerly based in Stratford, CT. He continues to offer new boat owners, and mariners new to the area, piloting and navigation instruction and speaks to various clubs and organizations on the topic of fly fishing and light tackle techniques during the off season.
Capt. Roger's focus is on his clients' enjoyment and safety, and offering a fun day on the water whether they are fly fishing, light tackle fishing, or a little of each!
Scott Loecher “The Fish Doctor”
203-246-4118; 203-220-9405 (Evenings)
Scott Loecher is equally adept in both fresh water, hunting trout in Connecticut’s Housatonic River, New York’s Delaware River system and other local waters, Steelhead in New York’s Salmon River, and Striped Bass and Bluefish in L.I. Sound in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Scott has spent a lifetime developing the knowledge, techniques and tips that allow him to guide and teach his clients into becoming successful anglers or improving key aspects of their fishing game. Scott is equally at home working with both beginners and seasoned anglers alike. He is a master-level fly caster and gives fly-casting instruction regularly though The Compleat Angler in Darien, Connecticut, as well as working with young people as well. Most importantly, Scott’s love of fishing is apparent in everything he does, and his clients always have a wonderful time!
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