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  • January 28, 2019 Open or Close

    At River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin, Paul said most of the fly fishing this past month has been on the vise. All the rivers have been high but clear so if it isn't freezing the really dedicated fly fisherman have been out. Dr. Dan has been fishing the small streams in Connecticut and by working low and slow has been bringing some nice trout to the net. Fishing the same waters TU Pete also had some very nice days. On the warmer days the Conny has been filling up and the fishing has been good with nymphs fished deep. Streamers are also taking their share of quality fish. The shop's fly tying classes are still going strong .Freshwater classes are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and saltwater classes take place on Thursday mornings and evenings. Call the shop to reserve your spot at 516-415-7748 or go to the web site, for more information. Remember to save the date March16th for the 4th annual Long Island Fly Fishing Expo.

  • December 31, 2018 Open or Close

    At River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin, Paul said all of our open rivers and ponds have been reporting good fishing with the Conny take top honors. The Salmon River has the best run of steelhead in many years, with some very large fish in the mix. That river is fishable all winter as long as the temperatures stay high enough to keep it from looking like a Slurpee. There is always fly tying to keep the cabin fever away as well. The shop's winter fly tying classes are in full swing. Freshwater classes are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and saltwater classes take place on Thursday mornings and evenings. Call the shop to reserve your spot at 516-415-7748 or go to the web site, for more information.

  • November 19, 2018 Open or Close

    At River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin, Paul said, the season is ending much like the rest of the fall, high water, high winds and cold temperatures. All of the rivers to the north were coming down until this surprise early snow fall and now are unfishable. The place to be are the ponds and streams here on Long Island. On Veterans Day, the West Point Fishing Club Cadets spent the day out at the Conny. With the help of the local chapter of Project Healing Waters and Long Island Flyrodders, everyone had a great day. A special thank you to the staff at the park for making sure there was plenty of trout in the stream for all to enjoy. With this surprise snow fall most of the ponds have really cooled off and all of the weeds have died off. This is the time to be fishing the slower and deeper pools. Our kettle ponds are really doing well. My two favorite ponds are Deep Pond and Laurel Lake. Both have been stocked and they also have a good population of holdover trout. They both are best fishing from some sort of floating craft. I prefer a float tube. Paul's technique for fishing these ponds are deep water nymphing with a small midge pattern or a nice meaty streamer on a sinking line. A few brave souls made the trip up to the Salmon River and they reported waking up to 16 degree temperatures but hot fishing with the fresh chromers. Egg patterns are the ticket as the steelhead are in the river feeding on the salmon eggs. Winter fly fishing is never easy but it is better than staying indoors. River Bay Outfitters will be offering freshwater fly tying classes all winter on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Call the shop for information at 516 415 7748. River Bay Outfitters wants to thank his patrons for a great year and wish everyone a happy, safe holiday.

  • November 12, 2018 Open or Close

    At River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin, Paul said once again, it looks like Long Island is the place to be for trout. The heavy rains have been keeping the upstate rivers overflowing and unfishable. Our ponds and streams are all stocked. It may be cold but the plus is most of the weeds have died down and you probably have the place all to yourself. MacDonalds Pond is still giving up trout and I would be casting streamer as they view them as intruders, bringing out the kill instinct. Queens Jim, a MacDonalds regular, is sidelined for the rest of the year due to heath issues. Jim was our main reporter for that area and everyone here at River Bay Outfitters wishes him a swift recovery. TU Pete and Joey P. grabbed a few spots out in the Conny this past Friday and all they had to say was that that the fishing was fantastic. Joe P was high hook with 17 fish brought to the net. The bass and panfish are starting to move to deeper water as the temperature starts to drop but by slowing down your retrieve they are still more than willing. There is still room on our annual Steelhead trip but Paul will need to know this week if you want to attend. Call the shop or check out the web site for more information. Once again River Bay Outfitters will be starting our fly tying classes, both fresh and saltwater. Go to their web site for more information. It is a great way of getting through the winter.

River Bay Outfitters

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


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