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Pike Fishing Connecticut HOT

Pike Fishing Connecticut HOT

It has really heated up! Water temps increasing and post spawn fish eating equals multiple fish days! Joe, with his first pike and it was a doozie, we needed 5 fish in 5 hours, it was EPIC! I hope this continues as long as it can before these fish start spreading out and going into their summer haunts! Happy Fishing! I have dates available, if interested in a guided trip!

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.

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!

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! 

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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Late Summer Sizzle

Late Summer Sizzle

The smallmouth bass and northern pike bite continues to impress. With the consistent rain over the last few weeks has made for up and down conditions. However, it has done wonders for the fish. Keeping fresh water flowing as the water temps approach almost 80, it is for sure going to help the survival rate as fall is right around the corner. Top water is off the hook, pun intended. What a great time with clients and friends! Exciting! I have open dates for end of August and September! Come on out! 

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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Carp On The Fly

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Carp On The Fly

The journey continues.... 3 seasons ago I started site fishing for Carp on the fly. The desire to learn techniques and the most I can about such an amazing species has been burning inside me. Last weekend I was able to get out and do some exploring and June heats up, The water is on the low side, clear for the most part, and if you know where to find them in the river, they are doing their thing. Carp amaze me, to just sit and watch them act natural is special. They are so social with each other, very aware, and flat out smart, especially when you try to get too close to cast at them. That is a whole other can of worms. 

Next season I am going to start to offer guide trips for Carp on the fly. I am excited to share this passion with my friends and guests on the water. There are plenty of YouTube videos and groups online to join to learn as much as you can. However, there is nothing better than on the water experience, The fish in the picture, is very special. It took me over 30 minutes to get him to eat and 5 minutes to bring to the net and get the pleasure to have my photo taken with him, or her. 

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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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