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!
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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.
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
Podcast button below. At minute 25-ish I start being interviewed by the awesome fun crew from Shenango Valley Shenanigans Podcast. It is long, but may be worth the entertainment and education around Pike and Musky on the fly! I hope you enjoy if you feel inspired to give a listen!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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 ;)
Winter 2018 - Tying Flies and Planning the 2018 Fishing Season