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  • December 25, 2017 Open or Close

    At River Bay Outfitters in Oceanside, Paul said the cold weather has been slowing down the fishing effort for most of the island. The Conny will be open all year and because it is a spring creek like most of the stream on Long Island, it doesn't freeze up and is fishable. The ponds are starting to ice up but at this time the ice is too thin for the hard water crowd. If you can brave the cold, check out the tailwaters that are close to home and free of ice. Paul's favorite is the Farmington River in CT with and it is only 212 hours away from Long Island. The Salmon River is reporting good fishing if the temps warm up and the snow stops falling. You really have to be hard core but once you hook a chrome bullet, you will be counting the days to the next trip in the North Country. We are open our regular hours and having fly tying classes all winter long. Most of my costumers are busy tying flies with dreams of an early spring.

  • November 20, 2017 Open or Close

    At River Bay Outfitters in Oceanside, Paul said the winter is starting to begin and as the temperature drops, the fly fisherman are starting to dust off the fly-tying benches. Only the brave are hitting the water. Paul did take a day with TU Pete and headed up to the Farmington River to practice spey casting with a hope of hooking into one of the large browns that call that river home. His casting did improve and he hooked a 16-inch brown on the very last cast of the day. TU Pete was nymph fishing most of the time and he landed about five with the largest being about 16 inches. NYPD Greg spent his vacation fishing locally. Fishing the Conny was very good with a few very large rainbows brought to the net. The weeds on the ponds a dying down and there are still fish to be caught. The bass and pickerel are still active. The best thing about fishing this time of year is you don't have to get up early. You want the water to warm up. The Salmon River was high this past week but everyone I talked to, reported this has been the best year in the last three. The high water brought in a new wave of steelhead. Bundle up and get out fishing, it is a long winter, or you can just come into the shop and tie flies.

  • November 13, 2017 Open or Close

    At River Bay Outfitters in Oceanside, Paul said with the arrival of winter for a few days, the mood and efforts of his customers has been switching over to fly tying or saltwater fishing. Those that did brave the cold, found willing trout in most of the open streams. Project Healing Waters had two outings this past week. On Monday, with the help of the Long Island Flyrodders, twelve veterans had a slow pick of the many trout that are in the stream. I feel it was the sudden change in the temperature that gave the fish lock jaw. On Friday the West Point Cadets join the group and after the cold front passed the trout were in the mood to eat. Most of the trout were rainbows and some were very impressive. Joe B from Belmont Lake is reporting the lake now has a good population of trout since they stocked in the past few weeks. The Carlls River also was stocked and if everyone doesn't kill their limit, it should be a good option all winter. The northern stream's water levels have been dropping and have been fishing well. On the freestone streams think nymphs or streamers. The tailwaters still have BWO coming off on cloudy days and during the slow periods, Paul swings streamers. TU Pete and his crew went to the western streams on Lake Erie. 4 inches of rain on the first day really made for unfishable conditions. It took three days for the streams to clear but on the last day, many Steelhead where brought to the net, making it all worthwhile. The Salmon River is back to fishable water levels and the real sharpies are into the large steelhead and browns. If you really want to fish, you can all year or you stop in the shop, have a coffee and tie flies.

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    At River Bay Outfitters in Oceanside, Paul said high wind and rainy weather slowed the fishing effort. Paul did hear of trout fishing in the streams and ponds that have been newly stocked and fishing well. The South Pond in Hempstead Lake Park got a good shot of trout and with the bass, bluegills and pickerel, you should have a good day. Paul suggests you use a large flashy streamer. Superintended Joe B., out in Belmont State Lake Park reported a fresh stocking of trout, so come out, enjoy the park and maybe go home with dinner. All of the upstate and Connecticut Rivers were too high after last week's rain but are dropping nicely and should be fishing well this week. The Salmon River is also running high but that is helping bring in the steelhead. With high water it is best to take a guide and float the river. The Conny is, as always, is fishing well and being a spring creek it should be a good option on all but the coldest days.

River Bay Outfitters

River Bay Outfitters
980 Church St.
Baldwin, NY 11510
phone: 516-415-7748

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