Updated•••Winter fishing Forecast And Show Schedule Too!!!

Posted by Matt Broderick on

If you haven’t tried fly fishing before then this winter take advantage of the slower saltwater season and try a unique and fun fishing experience at a 3000 acre park on Long Island.,

Connetquot River State Park  is a great choice for those anglers looking to try out fly fishing. If you’re a beginner or pro, Connetquot is a place to experience  some of the best fly fishing on the east coast. 

This state park offers great opportunities to keep you fishing throughout the winter. The park has recently been stocked with some large rainbow trout. Most of the fish are between 16"-20"  . Also among the rainbows are hundreds of smaller brook trout that will keep things interesting. The fish have been responding well to artificial flies: “Woolly buggers, Bead-head Nymphs / Pink scud and Adams parachute Hi-Vis.”   All the beats (designated fishing areas) are producing great fishing. For more help or info on the park, stop down at the shop and speak with any of our staff . (631) 654-2311. They are all quite knowledgable when it comes to fishing the Connetquot park. 

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The park is open year round for fly fishing only and running two fishing sessions a day. The 8-12 session and the 12-4.  

Fishing for a fly rod and reel combo?  Here are a couple of suggestions that are ideal for the park or any of our local lakes.   A Maxxon II 5/6wt fly reel $99.99 paired with a Maxxon Gorge 8’6 5wt $99.99 Or How about a Maxxon Talon T-I 3/4wt reel $59.99, matched with a Maxxon Gorge 8’6 4wt rod $99.99

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The mild weather has given the locals good opportunity to target winter species such as White Perch and Trout at the local lakes. For targeting white perch use the same ultralight spinning rod and reel as you would for trout fishing. My personal favorite rig to use for the perch is a simple night crawler on a 1/16 or 1/8 oz jig head. Jig it close to the bottom and wait for the sharp taps. I found that 4 pound test is perfect for this type of fishing. Most of the local tidal creeks will hold White perch at any given time. The key is to fish certain tides and figure out when they will show up at certain points of the tide.

For trout fishing you can either try West Lake, fishing nightcrwalers under a float or you can try your luck at fly fishing at Connetquot River State Park . "Go to flies" at the park are Wolly buggers and bead headed nymphs.

Event Schedule

The next event that the shop will be participating in is Striper Day hosted by Surfcasters journal. This event takes place on 1/19/20 at Ward Melville high School  (380 Old Town Rd, Setauket) Doors open at 8:30am. Matt from the shop will also be conducting a seminar at this show.

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Just a reminder. You do need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE….
Stop down at  J & J Sports  and we'll sign you up or click HERE to register online. There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:
It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed. 16yrs and older are required to register.

Send your reports, photos or your favorite fish recipe to: REPORTS@JJSPORTSFISHING.COM 

Don't forget to include, names, location and details (when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….) comments or questions are welcome. Call (631) 654-2311



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  • could you e-mail a picture of what a Wooley bug fly looks like.

    Lou Kalkines on

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