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New England Pike - Being a Guide is Rewarding!

New England Pike - Being a Guide is Rewarding!

Dan with his first Pike on the fly! He worked is tail off and it paid off! Esox fishing is not always rewarding and has it’s ups and downs, keep casting and stay positive. Pike fishing here in New England is really heating up right now, water temps in the 60’s and days getting shorter! Hiring a guide to up your game and learn as much as you can pike fishing or musky fishing, can be worth it!

I am off to Wisconsin next week until Nov 1st 2019, it is going to be a fun fall! I still have open dates for early November here in CT for pike trips!

Pike Fishing Connecticut

Pike Fishing Connecticut

Fishing is on!! Water temps just under 70, days are getting shorter, pike fishing here in Connecticut and the northeast is on! September is going to be a great month on the water! I still have a few open dates before I leave for Wisconsin to Musky guide!

Jeff landed this beautiful pike recently! Whether fly fishing or spin fishing it is on! Always handle them with care, on my homepage is a link for all the tools necessary for a healthy catch and release for esox!

June 1st, Pike Great Bass Bite Getting Bettter

June 1st, Pike Great Bass Bite Getting Bettter

As the bass slowly coming off their spawn they are getting frisky and showing up more consistently each day! The pike, well, the pike are being cooperative and smashing flies left and right! We are only weeks, in my opinion from top water season!

Connecticut Smallmouth HOT!

Connecticut Smallmouth HOT!

April Smallmouth are on fire right now. As the water temps seem to be holding around 44 degrees here in Northern CT, the pre-spawn smallies are starting to show off. Small flies and a slower retrieve seems to be doing the trick.

Pike are post spawn for sure. We are seeing fish with commitment issues and smaller males right now on the regular. Water flows are up and down with snow run off and mother nature dropping rain a few times a week but the clarity has been holding strong! Have dates available if interested in a guided trip!

Officially a Captain - OUPV - Connecticut - Pogo Pike

Officially a Captain - OUPV - Connecticut - Pogo Pike

Over the last 10 days I took the Coast Guard Captains License course and was successful! It was an amazing journey. I learned so much, met some great people, and studied like my days in college. It was an awesome experience. I am very proud to have gone through and passed the course. Captain Joe our instructor, was a great mentor and teacher! My friend Pete was an inspiration and my rock through the process. Kate my girlfriend was a huge support system as well.

You now have to call me Captain Pogo, joking! To anyone interested and has questions, I would be more than happy to share my experience.

Fly Tying - Pike & Musky Flies - The Compleat Angler

Fly Tying - Pike & Musky Flies - The Compleat Angler

It was a fun day Saturday at the Compleat Angler Fly Shop in Darien, CT. Scott and Bob are great guys and the fly shop is second to none. Has everything you can ever need for gear and fly fishing. It was a fun day meeting new people, sharing my passion for big flies. I hope to come back next year and will definitely be a regular at the Compleat Angler in the upcoming season.

Pogo Pike in Florida - Barracuda

Pogo Pike in Florida - Barracuda

We had a great time in Florida fishing the flats for toothy critters. Water temps didn’t cooperate for bone fish and permit. but site fishing for Barracuda was a blast! Lightening fast and fought like salt water fish do, burn your drag and test your skills!

Happy Winter all! -Pogo Pike

Connecticut Northern Pike. On New Year's Eve!

Connecticut Northern Pike. On New Year's Eve!

Kate and I got on the water for one last hooray for 2018. Air temp was 39 so we took advantage of the day. We were able to land one Northern Pike on the Fly! Here is to an awesome 2018 and even better 2019! Can’t wait to see what the New Year Brings!

Thank you everyone and every fish making 2018 Special! Follow me on IG: Pogo_Pike

Pogo Pike!

Pike in Connecticut - Still Decent!

Pike in Connecticut - Still Decent!

We are still getting out there, picking days the air temps are decent and the river flow is fishable. The rain today wont help the flows but water temps for sure. We got this one yesterday, water temps were 32.5 degrees but flows were a little above average. We made the best of it! A slow retrieve is key!

Happy Holidays! -Pogo Pike

Why Knot Fishing & SVS Fishing Podcast

Why Knot Fishing & SVS Fishing Podcast

Last week I attended and sponsored a 1/2 day guided trip to support our Veterans at a Why Knot Fishing Event in CT. It was a great time for a great cause!

This Sunday, December 2nd, I will be a guest on the SVS Fishing Podcast, we will be talking musky, pike, and guiding topics. I can’t wait! Here is a link to their website: https://svsfishing.podbean.com/ They have had some great guests on over the years, a ton of info.

Now lets talk fishing quick, the Housy here locally has been fishing well for trout, despite the constant up and down flows. A friend got into 15 fish last week. There is a solid window this weekend through Monday. Going to get out and pike fish and guide. Air temps look good and flows should drop by then, no major rain in the forecast. As the kids say, Tight Lines!

Wisco '18 Fall was EPIC!

Wisco '18 Fall was EPIC!

Back from Northern Wisconsin after 6 weeks of fishing and guiding. We left it all on the table. It was an epic fall to say the least. I broke my personal best twice, clients got into fish everyday, and my GF landed 3 muskies in a few outings.

I dont know what else to say other than I can not wait until Sept ‘19 heading out there. I will be booking guided musky trips from mid Sept till the end of October in northern Wisco starting this winter

On a local note, these rains here in CT and New England are flooding the rivers. I was so excited to get back home and do some local pike fishing and guiding. Might have to wait a few weeks for the rivers to come down. The water temp is perfect for big fish, Lets all pray the rains stop for the rest of November.

Musky Boot Camp

Musky Boot Camp

Another fall in Wiso hunting musky on the fly is never boring, Hard work, discipline, and grinding everyday can pay off. Hence, the fish here. I got my personal best musky on the fly. It was an epic experience with a good friend Dan Daly.

Guiding has been hot as well. I spent the last two days with fishy dudes from Maine, we boated 5 muskies in 2 days. Water temps around 48 now, but under a cold snap and high water. I hoping the second half of October is just as fun and rewarding as the first half.

Tight lines to all!

Pogo

Pike Madness

Pike Madness

Right before heading out to Wisconsin musky hunting, The week of Sept 16th was epic. The pike bite was on, a few new clients getting their first pike on the fly, and multiple big girls in the same day fishing the major bite windows during the day. It was a blast.

Making memories with new clients having their first amazing pike eat boat side, there is nothing better!

Wisconsin Musky '18

Wisconsin Musky '18

It has been a week since I arrived in Wisco. It has been an epic first week of fishing. Fall is fully kicked in, the leaves are peaked and water temps are right around 55 degrees on Oct 1st. You couldn’t ask for more.

Brad Bohen and Dan Daly won the 3rd annual Fly Fishing World Championship this past week with over 14 muskies netted in 2 days. It was a great turnout at the Treeland Resort in Hayward WI.

The next 3 to 4 weeks should be just as good if not better, hunting the big girls before winter kicks in.

Check out pogo_pike on Instagram for picture updates. It is the 4th quarter / playoffs for toothy critters. Tight lines.

Trout Unlimited - Guest Speaker - Pike & Musky on the Fly

Trout Unlimited - Guest Speaker - Pike & Musky on the Fly

It was so much fun to share all things pike and musky on the fly during my hour presentation to the Croton Watershed Trout Unlimited Chapter. This is the second presentation I have done for TU over the last few years and it is always a blast! Seeing peoples feedback who have not fished for pike and musky on the fly is always fun!

It's Go Time!

It's Go Time!

It is game time my friends! The playoffs! Water temperature is dropping nicely, more cool weather in the forecast, shorter daylight hours, bigger pike are starting to get more active. Although I am going to miss the top water summer smallmouth action I am ready to hunt for big pike and musky.

This is my last full week in CT, 4 guided trips coming up, then driving 20 hours west to northern Wisconsin to guide and fish for musky with some amazing friends. I will try to blog a few times while out in Wisco. Happy fall everyone and remember, don’t fish where they aint ;)

Water Levels Back to Normal - Let Fall Begin!

Water Levels Back to Normal - Let Fall Begin!

After a few weeks of massive thunderstorms and heavy rains, the rivers shot way up and clarity was not good at all for weeks. I spent time wisely, and tied flies for a week, that and split fire wood for the winter, lucky me ;) 

Well, here we are, August 26th and flows are finally back to normal. Cool day and evening temps in Northern CT has brought the water temps down as well. This is a all a great recipe for the fall bite to start for larger fish, especially pike. 

The next 4 weeks should be excellent fishing!