What we do

CT Fish Guides offers the opportunity to both novice and longtime anglers to strengthen their fly fishing skills. We pride ourselves on angler’s accomplishments of their own, by giving you the tools and information to land and identify high-quality fish. CT Fish Guides offers lessons on nymphing, dry fly, wet fly, streamer and night fishing. There’s a time and techniquefor everything and to ignore one method or another is only a way to limit yourself. Our philosophy is simple; there is never any one way to do anything and a successful angler should never stop learning. Open mindedness and thinking outside the box can help develop new and deadly skills. Learn what techniques are best suited for certain applications and make them work for you. Let us bring you to the next level.

Recent Fish

Farmington River Trout
Salt Water

We can show you where to fish


Wether it’s Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York or Rhode Island, CT Fish Guides can point you in the right direction. We have connections on rivers throughout the Northeast.


There are plenty of lakes that provide many opportunities here in the Nutmeg State. Wether it’s walking on water, pulling your target species through an ice hole or plying open water from shore, we know when and where you need to be.

The Ocean

CT Fish Guides can put you on fish weather it’s open ocean surf, the Long Island Sound or Cape Cod. We provide one on one seminars or on the water lessons.

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What Client’s Say

About Derrick and CT Fish Guides.

  • I can say without a doubt that Derrick Kirkpatrick is one of the most technical and passionate guides on the planet. Not only does he have the ability to find and put you on big fish, he understands fooling fish on an incredibly deep and intricate level. From Streamers, European style nymphing and technical dry fly presentations to entomology, stream ecology and trout behavior Derrick is an enthusiastic and gifted teacher. I highly recommend a day on the water with Derrick. I guarantee you will be a better angler the day after than you were the day before.

    Paul Schneider

  • I am an experienced saltwater fly fisherman but have only very limited experience fishing for trout. I have been out on the river twice with Derrick now. I have been on guided trips before but never before with someone who was so patient and willing to teach a virtual beginner. I recall his pleasant company, his answering my many, probably stupid, questions and a crash course in trout knowledge and fresh water techniques like none other. I also remember some terrific trout brought to the net and Derrick trying to convince me that catching that real-non stretched 20” brown trout was a very big deal. I think the big deal is a guide putting a rookie client in the right spot with the right technique to catch a 20” brown trout! I absolutely and without qualification recommend Derrick for his excellent guide service. Just don’t book him when I next go up to the Farmington!

    Peter McDonald  

  • I have been very successful striper fishing from a boat for many years. A few years ago, I unfortunately sold my boat and needed to learn how to fish from the surf. I realized very quickly that I needed some serious guidance. This past winter, I went to one of the workshops that Derrick gave and was blown away. I then booked a 1 on 1 surf lesson with him at which I took over 8 pages of notes! With what I learned, I am happy to say that I have caught more large bass this spring alone than I did the last 3 years combined! There is no doubt in my mind that I owe this success to what I learned from you Derrick, so I thank you greatly.

    Mike Dillon 

  • Derrick runs an incredible operation at CT Fish Guides. I grew up fishing the Farmington, but had been away from the sport for 5 years before running into Derrick. Since then I have spent the last 2 years fishing and learning from him during all seasons, on all water types. Each trip provides a new way to catch trout and feel more confident about your angling ability. If you're a beginner or looking to hone your skills, CT Fish Guides should be the first and last stop in your search.

    Jed Drake