Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide Ray Ottulich, a native New Yorker, has been fishing since he was 12, getting his first line wet in the salt waters around Long Island and New Jersey. He caught his first trout on a grasshopper in the Adirondacks. While living in Montana for 24 years, Ray fine-tuned his fly-fishing savvy as a float-fishing guide on the Kootenai River, Montana's largest blue-ribbon trout water.
Returning to New York, Ray continued guiding in the Catskills and on the Delaware for trout and smallmouth. Ray also targets Hudson Tributary species, stripers, black bass, carp, and other species that are available seasonally.
"Have rods will travel." Wildfish Angler covers the Delaware, Catskills, Neversink Gorge, and the Hudson River with some fly fishing and surf casting 4WD beach adventures in the fall.
April through November.
Freshwater: Brown, rainbow, brook trout, smallmouth, shad, carp.
Hudson River Salt/Brackish Water: Bass, stripers.
Wade-fish small Catskill streams and larger kills. Float-fish Catskill rivers. Hike into the relatively remote Neversink Gorge. Float-fish Hudson River tributaries. 4WD trips on Long Island barrier beaches.
Spring: 40s to 70s
Summer: 70s to 90s and humid
Fall: 70s daytime, 40s evenings
$200 for instruction.
$300 for guiding.
$425 for floating.
Call for detailed pricing information.
Full-day guides and floats provide flies, rods, lunch, and beverages. Half-day guides provide flies, rods, and beverages.
I can also arrange Metro North and or Amtrak station pickups for those without vehicles for an additional fee.
Freshwater: Polarized sunglasses, 5-6 wt 8-9' rods, waders for spring and fall, wading shoes for summer, raingear.
Hudson Stripers: 7-10 wt. rods, waders, raingear.
Camera & binoculars.
Behaved dogs are welcome, people with limited mobility can be accommodated with advanced notification.