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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!

Summer Fishing in Connecticut

Summer Fishing in Connecticut

Water temps still on the rise, high 70’s, the early morning or late evening bite has been most productive. Largemouth and smallmouth seem to be most active. Again, handle with care, keep the fish in the water, remove hook carefully, and take a quick pic and release safely!

With the heat wave this weekend, be careful out there, drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen! Next week air temps will return to normal!

Carp on the Fly! Mid Summer!

Carp on the Fly! Mid Summer!

Here we are in the heat of July, and boy is it hot some days. Water temps are well over 75 and a little dangerous for the fish. PLEASE HANDLE WITH CARE! Get them in the water asap and handle quickly. Flows on the rivers have come way down and starting to fish for Carp on the Fly. If you have any questions or want to chat, reach out anytime! Happy Summer! - Pogo

Been Busy Filming and Guiding Connecticut

Been Busy Filming and Guiding Connecticut

It has been an amazing month of June, here were are on the 2019 Summer Solstice, and it would be hard to put into words what the amazing month June has been!

From Filming, ‘For The Love of Fishing, What Ties Us Together’ with some of the most amazing people, to guiding new friends and old friends, I am so grateful.

Fishing has been incredible, smallmouth bass and pike are both blowing up on Top Water! Pogo Pike and the gang has been knocking it out of the park. Water temps are around 68 degrees and fish are happy! To book a trip reach out anytime!

Catch & Release! Water Temps Perfect for Pike!

Catch & Release! Water Temps Perfect for Pike!

Pike are fighting super strong as water temps are holding in the mid 60’s! , Do you debarb your hooks? It is a great practice for a healthy fish release and safety for yourself! Here is a quality fish and release with a debarb fly! Guide trip yesterday, we boated 4 pike and 5 beautiful smallies!

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!

Connecticut Pike - Post Spawn

Connecticut Pike - Post Spawn

After being on the water the last few days, and a few friends who fished as well, we are starting to see some post spawn activity for pike here in CT. I believe they are just wrapping up or about to be wrapped up. We have been seeing smaller males being active, and even landed a nice female outside of the spawning area.

The warm temps this weekend should really help water temps and post spawn pike. Kate landed her first pike on the fly! It was a very exciting moment for Kate and myself watching here skills improve every time out.

Spring is starting to book up, if you are interested in a guided trip, reach out, would love to fish with you! Happy Fishing 2019!

Pogo Pike

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.

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!

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!

Rain Go Away - Connecticut Fishing Guide

Rain Go Away - Connecticut Fishing Guide

After being back in CT from musky hunting in Wisconsin, we are just waiting for the flows to get back to somewhat normal levels. CT seems like Seattle this fall. The rain forecast for the next 14 days seem manageable.

The water temps are still good, high 40’s low 50’s. We are going to get some chilly weather next week however, it seems to creep back up the following week. If levels recede it should be good for the last few weeks of November. As long as you can dress warm and deal with low 40 degree air temps.

Stay tuned for some November fish pics.

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

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!