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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!

Connecticut Pike

Connecticut Pike

Pike fishing and post spawn pike are still hot. The water temps are holding in the 50’s, making Pike in Connecticut spunky and eating well. We are working for them but they are showing up everyday! Here is a picture of Tyler with his first Pike on the Fly!

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

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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

Pike Pike Pike

Pike Pike Pike

38 degree water temps and the fish were active during bite window. A slow retrieve seems to do the trick. Water levels are still high in the rivers, the ground just can’t absorb any more water. Hopefully mother nature gives us a few more weeks. Tight lines!

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.

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!

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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! 

Another Boat As An Option - Stealthcraft Hooligan

Another Boat As An Option - Stealthcraft Hooligan

Follow me on IG at Pogo_Pike It is always an exciting time when your new boat arrives! Last month I added another Stealthcraft to our repertoire, the Stealthcraft Hooligan! https://www.stealthcraftboats.com/?page_id=1108

After a month of using the Hooligan, I am completely in awe of how it performs. A good friend and fellow guide said, "for a small boat if fishes big". I have taken it down the skinniest of water with 3 people, loaded it in the bed of my truck, brought up and down river banks, with the little effort. 

We now have two Stealthcraft boats, the 16 foot Power Drifter Jet Sled, and the Hooligan regular. If you have any questions or in the Northeast and would like to test of our my boats, feel free to reach out. 

The Stealthcraft Hooligan opens up so much water most people can't float or get into areas a typical drift boat can. I am excited to have this as an option for new water and old water! 

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Top Water Mayhem!

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Top Water Mayhem!

Top water action is in full affect! Been having stellar days on top water. The smallmouth, and good size ones, have been smashing top water, seems to be an early morning and evening steady bite. This cool off we are having locally, low to mid 50's at night and high 70's low 80's during the day, I believe is cooling off the water and helping the fish become more active and happy! 

This typically happens in late August and the fishing skyrockets, luckily it is happening now and hopefully again in late August. Happy Fishing! - Pogo Pike

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Musky / Bass Exploration

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Musky / Bass Exploration

As the waters warm up and summer is starting to really settle in, we did a Tiger Musky / Largemouth Bass mission recently. We had success, boated three tigers and a few nice size Largemouth on big files. 

It was exciting to say the least. We focused our efforts on deeper water structure, weed lines, and drop offs with heavy sinking lines. It paid off! Hope your summer is getting fishy! 

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Great Weekend in Vermont- Pike Madnees

This past weekend was a pike frenzy fishing in Vermont and the tribs of Lake Champlain. Kate and I fished two half days and boated 8 pike, had follows, and lost a few. Yes, that happens, single hook debarb flies do shake loose. 

Needless to say we had a blast, gained even more experience, and appreciated all the pike gods had to offer. As I know so well, every predator fish you get to interact with is a blessing. It is not everyday fish show up while on the water, each experience is a gift. I am excited to continue to explore new water! 

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