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
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?

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.

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