It should come as no surprise that the fly fishing Long Island has to offer is unbeatable. New York is considered to be the USA’s unofficial birthplace of this technique, after all! Stretching east from the buzzing metropolis of NYC, all the way out onto the Atlantic, Long Island boasts direct access to a plethora of incredible salt, fresh, and brackish water fisheries. With a whole host of charters on offer throughout the county, Long Island may be small, but it’s fly fishing opportunities sure are mighty.
Which trip is right for me?
Freshwater fly fishing
Although it’s pretty safe to say that saltwater fishing wins the popularity contest in Long Island, anglers looking for a traditional freshwater fly fishing experience will find a handful of specialist charters run by dedicated freshwater fishing fanatics.
Perhaps the most famous freshwater fishery in Long Island is the Connetquot, which is home to a seriously enviable amount of Panfish and Trout species, as well as a Trout hatchery. If you’re an experienced anglers who want a peaceful, local-style trip that’ll get you some tasty table fare, look no further. Freshwater fly fishing here requires skill, knowledge, and most of all, patience, but the payoff is definitely worth it!
Saltwater fly fishing – Inshore
Whether you’re a brand new angler or are just new to this technique, your best bet for hooking fish on the fly is by exploring Long Island’s bays, flats, and coastal waters. If you’re still discovering your sea legs, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll spend hardly any time traveling to the hotspots, which means you can opt for a shorter trip and still get lots of fly fishing action in.
Generally, the majority of charters suited to newbies and families can be found around the tourist-friendly village of Montauk, especially south of the Point. These coastal waters lead into the Atlantic, and as well as the famous Striped Bass, you’ll also find Bluefish on offer. These are the perfect fish to test your newfound skills against!
Saltwater fly fishing – Offshore
More experienced angler who wants something to really brag about? You’ll be pleased to know that Long Island offers some of the east coast’s most incredible offshore fly fishing opportunities. When it comes to selecting a charter that’ll take you out to where the big beasts lurk, the best starting points are around Montauk and Fire Island, as they provide direct access to the Atlantic.
Your captain will usually take you at least 25 miles out to the waters around Block Island, where you’ll find False Albacore and the mighty Bluefin Tuna in abundance. In order to reach the most plentiful waters, a full day trip is a must. Testing your skills against these fish is no easy feat, and hooking one on the fly will really give you something to write home about!
Need to know
If you’re traveling with a licensed captain or charter guide, your fishing license will usually be included in your trip. Freshwater fishermen should be aware that the majority of lakes and rivers on Long Island require an entrance fee.
When it comes to fly fishing equipment, check with your captain when you book your trip to see if this is included, as it varies from charter to charter. Charters aimed at newbies will usually provide gear, but some captains may want you to bring your own. All that’s left is to visit Long Island and get ready for an incredible adventure “on the fly”!