Midsummer Days Yield Qualilty Bite for Much of the Region


Nice flats bass from Bailey Hallingby

This crazy weather continues and with it we have had some unpredictable yet, at times, excellent fly fishing. The flats fishing on the east end has been productive wehen sunlight has been available. Crabs and sand eels abound and fish are feeding opportunistically as they will at this time of year with many forage choices available to the. The western sound has been harassed by now famous schools of dolphin. Shinny flats have been productive with fish in the 12# range for fly anglers there. This weeks full moon provided some quality nightime worm hatches in likely spots, which yielded some fine fishing thoughout the region. Anglers who caught it were well rewarded. Send me your photos and thoughts. Until next time, tight lines. Go get ‘um. -Capt. A.L. Derr lionthefly@optonline.net

North Fork/Peconic Bay/Gardiners

Capt. Andrew Derr reports:

The fish have moved further east but there are great water temps and mounds of fish that are eating the fly really well. Not suprisingly, weather has been a bit of an issue with what seems like 3 inches of rain per week. That, in addition to the extremely high tides we had this week, lead decreased water clarity. But we have had good bass fishing daily despite it. We have also been finding bass eating at the surface in some deeper water spots aound the North Fork that can produce well at this time of year. There is a lot of variety to the different fishing situations we have found ourselves fishing through the course of just a day recently. Good things yet to come. Flats fishing friday, saturday, monday and tuesday. Can’t wait. Sunday open.dana-moon-4

May your rod be bent…

Capt. Andrew Derr

Eastern Long Island Sound

catalano6-10-09Well it was a great week to throw the fly rod! There was nice worm hatch over the weekend due to the full moon which made very good fishing from friday night into sunday morning with most fish in the 25 to 32 inch range! Then off to the flats for the rest of the week which were smothered with bass and sandeels. Even though we finally got some sun this week conditions for sightfishing was still a little off due to tides next week i’m expecting the bite to be on fire tides and weather should be perfect!!!
thanks Andrew
Capt Vinny Catalano

Western Long Island Sound

Captain Robin Calitri of LongIslandFlyFishing.com reports:

dana-moon-4Just returned from some work and play in Tahoe, Napa and Sonoma. Between the wet weather and Dophins scaring up the fish I guess there wasn’t too much to Miss. Emory Butts and Mitch Bernstein did some scouting and found small blues all over the sound and some real slammers under the Bunker in Huntington Bay. Tins, poppers and sluggoes were effective. Tres Amigos, Joel Weiss, Don Vogel and Dana Thompson slammed the small blues off of LILCO on Monday night.

Jime DelGsosso reports bass to 25 inches and blues around the South end of Gardiner’s. Captain Scot Calitri reports Bas and Blues mixed with Bluefin Tuna off Jefferies and Stelweggen. He fishes out of Portsmouth NH and will launch at Glouchester Mass to get to these beasts. One report had a 300 pounder taken on a spinning rod.

Gerry Mceneaney and Gerry Muro joined Captain Robin’s Csicagain on Wednesday for a quick trip . There were cocktail blues all over, some small fluke, sea robins and some 2 pound porgies willing to jump on the fly or Hopkins. Now is the time when we begin to start scouting the Sound for the wily Bonito.

Stay Tuned!


Bailey Hallingby reports:

july-4-bass3Derr – How goes it?

July 4th weekend marked the end of wedding season for me and the start of the prime flats fishing on Shinnecock. Amazing what a few weeks and a couple extra degrees on the mercury stick can do for us – bass and bait everywhere out there. Lots of cookie cutters but managed to find a few larger fish – biggest boga’d out at 12lbs (attached). Have not logged much time on the ocean side but plan on doing so this weekend. I’ve got skippies on my mind… -BH

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