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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!

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

Smallmouth Bass Connecticut!

Smallmouth Bass Connecticut!

Water temps are ranging between 71 and 75 this week, fishing has been good at certain parts of the day. Top water is exploding, pun intended! Please handle fish with care as the water temps rise this summer! Keep them wet! Looking for a top water guided 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!

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!

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

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

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.

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!

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!