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ELITE PRO PROFILE: TIM O'ROURKE

SAGE FLY FISH

Tim has been living and fishing in Montauk for over 30 years. He started guiding twenty plus years ago after earning his 100 Ton Masters license. In 1998 he opened North Bar Adventures fly fishing and light tackle guide service. In 2005 he took a break from guiding to buy a house in Montauk and start a family. In 2010 he returned to guiding, opening up Montauk Point Fly Fishing. When not out fishing with clients, he can be found with his two sons teaching them about the benefits of living and fishing in Montauk, and the incredible environment of the East End.

Hometown

Montauk, NY

Home Waters

Block Island Sound, Gardiners Bay, Montauk NY (AKA, The East End)

Local Fly Shop

River Bay Outfitters, Baldwin NY, the owner Paul McCain has great local knowledge and knows his gear.

Target Species

Striped Bass, False Albacore, Bluefish, Tuna

Perfect Setups

For sight fishing the flats at Gardiners Island, 8wt Salt HD with an Evoke Series, loaded with Rio Direct Core Flats Pro Stealth line. Fishing the Montauk Fall Run and targeting large Stripers I use a 10wt Salt HD with a Spectrum Max reel loaded with Rio General Purpose Saltwater line.

Career Highlights

A high point of my fishing career was taking Lefty Kreh on a fly fishing charter to the flats of Gardiners Island. Lefty’s style of casting and presence on the boat were inspirational and the experience has stayed with me since.

Conservation Work

Teaching my two sons about the fragility and special qualities of living in and fishing on the East End, this is a responsibility I take very seriously. I try to teach them an awareness of how lucky we are to have such beautiful resources to enjoy.

Philosophy on Fly Fishing

The experience of spending time with people you care for, in places you want to be, are more important than the fish you land.

One Tip To Improve ones Fishing

Never stop practicing!

Perfect Day

Light North West wind, heading around Montauk Point. Breaking false albacore as far as the eye can see. Hot fried chicken from Herb’s Deli Montauk with great fishing both sides of the point. After the boat is tied up and rinsed off, a cold pint at the Dock Bar and Restaurant, Montauk Harbor.

Photo by Sam Talarico in 1999

A Good Fishing Story

That’s a tough one, I am lucky enough to have several to choose from. I think it has to be a day in Montauk in October of 1999. I was asked to be second mate on Robert Abplanalp’s boat the Sea Lion II for an offshore fishing trip. Some of the names on the boat that day included John Abplanalp, Alex Rossitch, Greg Weatherby, Jeffrey Cardenas, Sam Talarico, Jim Carey, Jack Noll and me. This trip was a dry run for a potential Walkers Cay Chronicles Show. We rounded Montauk Point hoping to encounter the schools of bluefin tuna that had been feeding south of Montauk. We arrived at our spot about fifteen miles south of Montauk. Jack and I started tossing chunks of squid, butterfish and whiting off the stern of The Sea Lion II. Hitting the water, the chunks were quickly consumed by the speeding tuna. The whole day was spent placing flies into tossed piles of bait. Watching 30 to 40 bluefin charge the bait, someone would cast a fly into the crashing tuna. Two or three strips of line and the reel would be screaming as the fish started its run. The cockpit of the Sea Lion II was like a dance floor, as two or three anglers moved around trying to keep up with the running tuna. Riding the wave of that legendary trip home, the eight of us onboard started to tally the days conquests, seven or eight fish per angler for a total of over 50 bluefin caught and released in the 20 to 40 pound range. We also had five broken rods and two busted reels from the speed and power of the tuna. Pulling into the slip at The Montauk Lake Club the call was made to organize the film crew of the Chronicles Show. Unfortunately, being late October in the northeast, the weather window quickly slammed shut. This left the television show unmade, but the memories of that successful trip stay with me.

Contact Info

Website:       www.montaukpointflyfishing.com
Facebook:     Montauk Point Fly Fishing
IG:                @mtkpointflyfishing