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April 15, 2024 - 09:16:27

From Paul McCain at River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin I heard the second round of stocking happened this week so there should be plenty of trout for everyone. The water levels at the Connetquot River are still high but with a little work you will find fish. Fish close to the shore where the current is less. Using smaller flies and light 7x tippet worked best. Don’t overlook the still water as a lot of ponds have been stocked with trout. Or giver the panfish a try; they put up a good fight on a fly rod. Long Island is blessed with so many opportunities unlike upstate where all of their rivers are overflowing their banks from the rains. Our streams clear up fast and are fishable within a day.

April 15, 2024 - 09:16:20

Paul from River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin checked in to say that the high winds and rain slowed down the saltwater action. However, on good weather days fish are being caught. Most of the action is to the west and many captains are making their way to Raritan Bay where plenty of bass are being taken. This week Jamaica Bay should be providing good bass action. The weather caused the bay waters to be a little off color but they should clear up soon. Good numbers of bait fish are starting to gather up and everything should breakout soon. Bluefish should make an appearance in a few weeks, and with fluke season opening soon there is no excuse to stay home. (516) 415-7748.

April 08, 2024 - 09:05:06

From Paul McCain at River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin I heard the rain this past week slowed the freshwater fishing down a bit. Most of the rivers to the north are high but dropping to normal levels; still high but fishable. The Conny was flowing over the banks for most of the week, but that did not stop Paul from guiding. Most of the fish are moving to the softer water near the banks. On Saturday Paul and a fare tried everything from streamers to dries, but eventually found success with size 20-22 nymphs fished on a tight line so they would rise up like an emerging midge. The duo landed four and lost many more due to using a light tippet. The pond fishing is starting to wake up with the warmer weather but they are off color due to the rain. All the streams are stocked and open. With the predicted weather this coming week, we should have some good spring fishing. River Bay Outfitters will still have free instore and zoom presentations throughout the season and the next one will be this Thursday night with Captain John McMurray about Fishing the NY Bight. The presentation begins live 6:30 and there will be hot dogs for all in attendance.

April 08, 2024 - 09:04:59

Paul from River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin checked in to say that most of the reports coming in noted that the high winds caused problems. The bays have been dirty as everything was churned up combined with all the freshwater coming in due to the heavy rains. There were a few good reports coming in from the western bays that stripers are deep into the back areas and feeding on small shrimp and bait fish. In the bad news department, Bay Park is being closed for about three years for construction. It is close to Paul’s house and was his spring fishing spotso now he is looking for some new back bay access. River Bay Outfitters will continue its free in store and Zoom presentations throughout the season. The next one will be this Thursday night with Captain John McMurray discussing fishing the NY Bight. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and there will be hot dogs for all. (516) 415-7748.

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

River Bay Outfitters is a new shop specializing in the sport of fly fishing. Owner, Paul McCain stocks a full line of fly fishing and fly tying products and is there to inform and education for anglers of all levels. Paul has been active in fly fishing for over 30 years welcomes fellow anglers to stop in whether it be to learn how to tie a new fly, get details on local waters, or pick up some tips and techniques. River Bay Outfitters is more than just a fly shop, it is a place to talk about fresh and salt water fishing and make new friends.