Ray Ottulich

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Stone Ridge, New York

Ray Ottulich


Ray Ottulich, a New York native, has been fishing since he was 12. Living for 24 years in Montana, he was senior guide at Dave Blackburn's Kootenai Angler situated on the blue-ribbon Kootenai River in northwest Montana. He helped to pioneer float fishing on British Columbia's Elk River and guided trips on the Flathead, Clark Fork, and Big Hole Rivers. He has written for Fly Fishing the West, the, and the outdoors column for the New York Times. He served on the Montana Fish Wildlife and Park's Kootenai River Management Committee, and as Kid's Day Fishing Program Fly-Fishing Instructor, and was president of the American Fishery Societies award-winning Kootenai Fly Fishers FFF.

Ray's clients include Sports Illustrated's former editor, Nick Nicholas; Fly Fisherman magazine's former western editor, Dave Engerbretson; author Peter Kaminsky; film director Fred Schepisi; and actors Aidan Quinn and Liam Neeson.

Date Range

April 1 to November 30.

What is Provided to Customer

Lunch, beverages, flies, and rods if needed (no waders).

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Catskill adventure fly fishing, Delaware drifts, trout-smallmouth, wade the Neversink Gorge, float the Hudson for stripers, fall beach blitz trips South Shore-Montauk. Beginners always welcome.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring: cool to hot; waders a good idea.
Summer: hot and humid; waters are easily wet wadeable.
Fall: cool to cold; waders needed.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Wade trips: 8 hours; locations vary.

Float trips (trout) on the Delaware: 10 hours; meet at Roscoe or Hancock, New York.

Float trips (stripers) on the Hudson tributaries: locations vary; 6 hours.


Species You Fish for by Season

Trout, smallmouth, striped bass, "golden bonefish" carp


What Should Customers Bring?

6-7 wt rod (for Stripers and Carp), waders or water shorts (summer), sunscreen, camera, day pack, and rain gear.


Ray Ottulich
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
PO Box 264
Stone Ridge, NY, 12484

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