New York Saltwater Fly Fishing

Reel'm In with a New York Saltwater Fly-Fishing Adventure

New York Fly Fishing Full Day (optional):
  • New York Fly Fishing Full Day Spend a full day out on the water and enjoy a six hour adventure on the coast of New York reel'n in the fish!

    + $220 Total: $798

About This Experience

General Information hide

Spend a beautiful day out Fishin’ on the waters of Jamaica Bay, East Hampton or Montauk during this relaxing Fishing Trip off of the coast of New York.  During April thru June, you may choose Jamaica Bay.  Then, June  thru August, East Hampton or Mantauk.  In the last months, choose either Montauk in September or October or Jamaica Bay in November or December.

During this New York Saltwater Fly-Fishing Trip, an expert guide and Captain will lead you to the best spots in the New York. Learn everything you need to know about fly and light tackle fishing as your Captain shares the tricks of his tackle box and a few fishing secrets with you and your guest. You may choose your fishing destination based on the time of year and the fish you’re interested in catching.

No matter which location you choose or time of year you fish, you are sure to sure to create lasting memories reeling 'em in.

Where It's Located hide

  • Jamaica Bay (Brooklyn), New York
  • East Hampton, New York
  • Montauk, New York

Who Is Included hide

The New York Saltwater Fly Fishing Xperience Certificate® is for one participant. This is a private experience for you and your guest.

You may invite a guest to join you on your fishing trip for a total of two participants.

When It Is Offered hide

The NY Saltwater Fly Fishing is offered seven days a week, April thru December, subject to availability. Trips typically begin at 6:00 AM.

How Long Is It hide

The New York Fly Fishing has a fishing time of 4 hours and a total duration of approximately 4½ hours, unless the Full Day Fishing Option is Selected.

Weather hide

The NYC Saltwater Fishing Adventure may be cancelled by the Guide due to inclement weather.

What To Wear hide

Dress comfortably for this wading trip in clothing you don't mind getting dirty or wet. Optional suggestions include waterproof sunblock, sunglasses with straps, a hat or visor, quick drying longsleeve shirt and pants for sun protection, a wool or fleece, sweater or jacket in cooler months and a waterproof jacket or suit.

Additional Information hide

Your experience will be guided by Captain Brendan McCarthy of Urban Fly-Guides. Urban Fly-Guides has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, SaltWater Sportsman and SaltWater Fly Fishing.

Urban Fly-Guide Captains use premium equipment supplied in part by the renowned NYC fly-shop Urban Angler. Your experience will take place on one of the following boats depending upon location and time of year:

  • 2003 SteigerCraft Superfly
  • 2000 Mako 17 Flats
  • 2006 Mickee Craft 24

    Price includes equipment and refreshments. Trips are subject to a fuel surcharge of $2.00 per gallon, up to $40.00 per trip.


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  • Reservation Information hide

    All changes to reservations for the New York Saltwater Fly Fishing Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

    Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

    New York Saltwater Fly Fishing Interview 1

    We’ve been lucky enough to interview Capt. Brendan McCarthy, expert at Urban Fly Guides this week! Urban Fly Guides offer fantastic salt water fly fishing experiences in New York. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an expert at this relaxing and rewarding sport, Brendan is there to ensure you have the best day possible out on the open waters. Have a read to find out more.

    Please could you tell us a bit about the history of Urban Fly Guides and how your experiences began? 

    Well, I moved to NYC from the West Coast in 1991 to be an actor. The urban environment was great to a point but I needed some outdoor stimuli, so I took at trip to Yellowstone Park and was riveted by all the fly-fishing going on. I decided to put a small boat in Jamaica Bay, about 12 miles from the city, and spent practically every day for a year learning everything I could about fly fishing. Urban Angler, the fly-shop, asked me to guide their clients and I have been lucky to do so ever since.

    Have you always had a passion for fishing? How did this begin? 

    That is a funny question because I didn’t really! I grew up sailing around the Cape and did some surf-casting but it wasn’t until I moved to NYC, ironically, that I really dove into Fly-Fishing.

    New York Saltwater Fly Fishing Interview 2

    What would you say is the best thing about the fishing experiences you offer?

    I have to say it is the juxtaposition of the cool clean water (and big fish!) and very few people, to the 8 or 9 million humans packed into an area as big as the space you are sharing with 4 or 5 boats.

    New York Saltwater Fly Fishing Interview3

    What makes your fishing experiences different to others?

    In my experience, the difference is that I tend to treat fishing days as I would treat time with family and friends. No pressure, lots of joking and relaxing and teaching if people want, or not. I have found that most fishing charters are high pressure with lots of yelling and competing to make the captain look good to other captains (and Facebook!). I feel fortunate to be able to make a living on the water and tend to try and respect the elements and nature as much as possible. I don’t think Mother Nature is a big fan of Alpha Male behavior.

    Are your experiences suitable for everyone?

    I’d say that is mostly up to Mother Nature and the time of year. We fish in all kinds of weather but as it gets more sporty, younger and older people might struggle. All things being equal, yes, I fish with 4 years old and up.

    New York Saltwater Fly Fishing Interview 4

    Have you got any exciting news to share with us?

    Most exciting! The NY state DEC has just imposed new Striped Bass limits and have cut the limits by 50%! That is very good news. Also I have just upgraded my fleet to include 2 new boats. A flats boat for summer sight-fishing and a larger 23 footer for deep water stuff. Come and check them out!!

    Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to add?

    I would like to say “thank you” to Experience Days. I have been lucky to be affiliated with them from the very beginning and always have had the nicest customers! NY State Saltwater is a widely varied and super exciting fishery from NYC to Montauk and Orient Points, there is definitely something for everyone! Thanks!

    Thanks for speaking with us! 

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