Essex River - Crane Beach, Plum Island Sound, & Ipswich Bay

Tip of the week 

The Monomoy Flatwing and olive over white Clouser have proven to be very effective. I have been using Helios - Saltwater 6 and 7 weight rods which are very appropriate for the smaller bass. If the occasional larger fish in the upper twenty inch range takes your fly on these rods, they are more than able to handle these fish.

Seven-day forecast 

"The beat goes on" - We have seen limited bird activity and limited surface activity during this season and I do not see much of a change from last week. I will update this report during the week if things change dramatically.


Fishing in the Essex River and in Plum Island Sound continues to be somewhat good. Surface activity has been scarce and just about non-existent with the majority of fish that are caught being in the 16 inch range. Some mid twenty inch fish are being caught, but these are few and far between. The reports from Plum Island Sound echo the Essex River.

Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow Olive/White 2 and 2/0 Buy from
Clouser Minnow Chartreuse/White 2 and 2/0 Buy from
Capt. Kalil Boghdan

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