Bay Colony Guides is a FULLY INSURED, LICENSED, catch & release, INDEPENDENT Fly Fishing Guide Service operating year-round in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts. We cater to both novice & experienced fly anglers alike, providing an elevated angling experience while in pursuit of Trout, Steelhead, and Salmon.
Our Singular Passion: Fooling Salmonids [Trout, Steelhead & Salmon] with a Fly [Fleye].
Our Mission: Sharing that experience in the outdoors WITH YOU and others from ALL walks of life through custom guided fishing trips, and personalized hands-on instruction.
Chris is from southwestern PA, and lives in southern Vermont; the Catskill region of NY is exactly half-way in between. He's been exploring this corridor for over thirty years, and feels equally at home in all three locations. Guiding in four states, and centering his business & visual content work around the destination-fisheries in New York has been a natural progression, and the answer for growing his business sustainably for the future.
We fish in some really beautiful places.
Pennsylvania and New York: New England is slow to warm with months of snowfall after the new year, so we head a few hours west/southwest early for plentiful bug hatches to pacify our trouting addiction. Seasonally, beginning in the Spring, we start chasing trout in earnest through central and northeast Pennsylvania in April, eventually landing in the Catskill region of New York from mid-to-late April through mid-October, making excursions elsewhere as needed. Yes, the fishing is THAT GOOD. Yes, there's a good chance you will forget all about your home river[s]. Don't say we didn't warn you. ;0)
Steelhead Alley "Proper Fishing:" Erie, PA; Gowanda, NY; Rochester, NY; Altmar, NY. In the Fall our attention will turn to the PA & NY sections of Steelhead Alley, on lakes Erie and Ontario, and swinging flies for migrating Great Lakes Steelhead & Salmon. As Halloween approaches we begin our own annual migration for these ghost-like fish; checking weather & flows thoroughly, and picking our days wisely. These fish are nothing like you'll find in freshwater anywhere else east of the Rocky Mountains, pushing anglers and their gear to extremes. The Winter months from December through February are also harsh here, so we see most of our prime weather, swing-water and fish between late-October and early-December, then again after March 15th through April for "Drop-Back" season. Again, these fish ruin fly-tackle AND your dreams, plan your life [and booked fishing days!] accordingly.
Vermont and Massachusetts: We love our trouting excursions in southern Vermont, it's where we call "Home." The southern Green Mountains & NY border region, The Connecticut River Valley, The Berkshires, and central MA Hilltown area all host several great trout fisheries with wild/naturalized and stocked trout to include "the big three;" Rainbow, Brown and Eastern Brook Trout. Lots of tributary and small river Native Brook Trout fishing to explore with us here as well [Ssssshhhh!!!! Don't tell anyone!!!]. ;0)