Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Portsmouth, NH

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Capt. Zak Robinson

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon603-828-8290 Email iconzak@risingtideanglers.com Link iconrisingtideanglers.com
1474 Islington Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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The Story

Capt. Zak Robinson offers guided fly fishing and light tackle trips from Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Rhode Island on an 18 foot Action Craft and 25 foot Contender. Capt. Zak Robinson has a passion for sharing the ocean with new and experienced anglers alike. The local waters offer excellent fly fishing and light tackle opportunities for Striped Bass and Bluefish. Rhode Island has a great late summer/fall Bonito and False Albacore fishery.

Date Range

New Hampshire - June 1st to September 30th
Rhode Island - September 1st to Early October

Rate Range

4hr - $350-$400
6hr - $475-$575
8hr - $600-$675
See website for boat capacity.

What is Provided to Customer

All necessary fishing gear including flies
Fishing license
Beverages
On-board icebox/cooler
Digital photo

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Piscataqua River, Southern Maine, Northern Mass, and Rhode Island.

Typical Weather by Season

June/July - 50° to 80°F average temperatures
Typically pleasant weather with the occasional Nor'easter that can bring rain and wind

August/September - 60° to 85°F average temperatures
Can be hot and humid but temps are often more comfortable on the water

October - 35° to 60°F average temperatures
Dress warm and bring rain gear

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Do you provide safety gear?
A. Yes, the boat is outfitted to USCG standards and in accordance with local laws. Please inform Capt. Zak upon booking if anyone included in the trip is under the age of 12 or bring a comfortable PFD.

Q. What is the best time of year and time of day to catch my first Striper on a fly rod?
A. June 1st to July 15th is the most consistent time to find Stripers blitzing (feeding on the surface). When Stripers feed on top they are the most accessible to fly fishers and often take a fly readily. First light is often the best time of the day, first light can be as early as 4:30 AM.

Q. What is your sight fishing on the flats like and what time of year is best?
A. Sight fishing in New Hampshire is exciting and technical. Clear water and a mix of sand and mud bottom provide the opportunity to spot fish at a distance and get a cast off before they see the boat. This is the most challenging way to catch Stripers but also the most rewarding. An accurate cast with good distance is helpful when trying to convince smart fish to eat flies in shallow water. New Hampshire sight fishing is weather dependent. The flats begin to fill with stripers in early July, and the best time to target them is mid July to mid August.

Q. What is the preferred amount of time for a trip?
A. Four to six hours is a pleasant amount of time to spend on my 18 foot Action Craft. Four to eight hours is comfortable on the 25 foot Contender. Eight hours is great for anglers who want to cover a whole tide and fish several different ways (morning blitz, late morning casting sinking lines into the rocks, and mid-day sight fishing the flats).

Species You Fish for by Season

Summer: Stripers, Bluefish
Fall: Albies, Bonito, Stripers, Bluefish

What Should Customers Bring?

Hat
Sunglasses
Snacks
Sun Protection
Wind/rain shell
Warm layer (even in July and August*)
A comfortable PFD for anyone under the age of 12 (note this upon booking and one can be provided)

*Air temperatures can be 10 to 15 degrees cooler on the water

Sample of Typical Itinerary

A typical morning trip starts by meeting at first light on the dock followed by a short run (5 to 15 minutes) up or down river to look for fish feeding on the surface. A day can include casting to blitzing fish, blind casting along the rocks and beaches, sight fishing if weather permits, teasing up fish with a hookless plug, or running the coast in search of large schools of migratory fish.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Captain & good guy Captain Zak was great with our small group. Easy to talk to and knew where to find fish. Didn't waste time fishing non productive areas. If they weren't hitting, we were off to find ones that were. Awesome experience for our first time striper fishing.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best time ever One of the best on the water, Captain Zak does not give up, If the fish are there he will find them. I would recommend Captain Zak if you are looking for a great morning or full of fishing. Ron Sowa, Executive Director New Hampshire Wildlife Federation Tell us how you use the product. We want to hear about why you love it, or why you don’t!
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down, best Capt. Can’t. Zak was amazing from start to finish. He was knowledgeable, so fun and we had such a great trip. We took a 4 hour charter and caught no less than 10 stripers. Highly recommend and can’t wait to go out again.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zak is a great guide! I fished with Zak on June 16, 2018. He put me on lots of stripers in the back bay on his 18 foot flats boat. Great experience. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended We had a spectacular morning of fishing with Zak. He put us on fish from the first moment and they kept hitting for almost four hours. I don’t know how we ever had time for talking with all the fish, but Zak is a great guy to be out in a boat with – knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly. His boat and what gear we used were clean and in great shape. We will definitely go out with him again and soon.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't regret it I have been out with Zak twice now and have had excellent experiences both outings. He is easy to be around, very knowledgeable of the water system, smooth behind the controls of his boat. He also provides a fantastic array of nice equipment to use for whatever biting conditions may be happening. Each time I was out I lost count of how many fish we got to the boat. He was great at helping me adjust my technique from freshwater fly fishing to heavier tackle saltwater fishing. Whatever kind of fishing you enjoy he will make sure you have the best chance at success doing it the way you want. I will definitely be using his services again. Zak comes highly recommended from me.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll be glad you went I have been out with Zak twice now and have had excellent experiences both outings. He is easy to be around, very knowledgeable of the water system, smooth behind the controls of his boat. He also provides a fantastic array of nice equipment to use for whatever biting conditions may be happening. Each time I was out I lost count of how many fish we got to the boat. He was great at helping me adjust my technique from freshwater fly fishing to heavier tackle saltwater fishing. Whatever kind of fishing you enjoy he will make sure you have the best chance at success doing it the way you want. I will definitely be using his services again. Zak comes highly recommended from me.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome guide I have fished with Zak from Rising Tide Anglers and I was very impressed with his knowledge, ability to track down fish and his instruction. He has a great flats boat and works hard to find fish. He has it down to a science and I would give him the highest recommendation. Make sure to book with him early because his time fills up fast. Tight lines!!
Date published: 2017-06-20
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