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Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA

Fly fish with Capt. Kalil Boghdan, 2012 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year, for striped bass from May through September on the Essex River, originating in Essex, Massachusetts. Fish the beautiful tidal salt marshes and the sand flats of the Essex River, Crane Beach, and Plum Island Sound.
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Customer Reviews for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
Review 1 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Exciting,
July 8, 2012
By: Loulou1
from Beverly, MA
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Additional Thoughts:Kind, patient, knowlegeable, happy
"I gave my husband a fishing trip as a Christmas present many years ago. The guide was Kalil Boghdan. My husband raved about the fishing and how much fun he had so I decided to go. As a young girl I summered in Maine and would go deep sea fishing with my dad and I loved it (in between getting sea sick).
The first thing that I enjoyed was the calmness of the river and open ocean around Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA. The next was the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that Kalil pointed out. He has an incredible appreciation and respect for the beauty of the area we fish in and the environment.
Last but not least is the fishing. He's an excellent teacher. I understood his direction. He's also very patient. As a guide Kalil treats us like we're the most important customers. He's always happy and upbeat. One more thing; the trips are so much fun. I went with my best friend and in between casting and catching we laughed. It's a wonderful release from work and stress. We have recommended Kalil to many friends and family.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Fishing with an old friend,
October 17, 2014
By: EvilFrank
from Grantham, NH, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Capt. Kalil Boghdan
"I have been fishing with Captain Kalil for over 6 years and it always feels like I'm fishing with an old friend. He knows the Essex Bay/Cranes Beach area like the back of his hand and almost always finds fish. His sense of humor makes the slow fishing periods enjoyable. His fishing tackle is top grade and he will give you fly casting lessons if you want. If you are interested in fishing the North Shore of Massachusetts, Captain Kalil is your man."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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As good as it gets,
October 17, 2014
By: Larryc75
from Littleton, MA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:looking forward to next year
"Capt. Boghdan experience,local knowledge and personality makes for a great outing--never mind the food! This year was a tough one for consistently finding fish. Whereas his goal is to provide a satisfying fishing experience for the customer,he suggested that we postpone our scheduled date to a later time when the fishing was more predictable. A pleasurable boat ride,friendly banter and more food than you need would have made for a nice day,but the prospect of catching a fish would have rounded it off. We did reschedule and were rewarded by his judgement. That makes for a great captain."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Tops,
October 17, 2014
By: PondDr
from Boston, MA, USA
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"Kalil, is one of a kind - guide, teacher, biologist who knows every inch of the fishery. Combine that with an outgoing, friendly disposition and you can't ask for a better day on the water."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Another great trip,
October 17, 2014
By: JCHs
from New York, NY
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"As they say, the fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad. We worked hard to put 5 fish in the boat, but as with every trip with Kalil, it was a great day nonetheless. There's a reason he's known all over - he's a great guy and a great guide."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Top Quality Outing,
October 17, 2014
By: blackdogs2
from North Shore, MA
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Additional Thoughts:the best of what Orvis has to offer.
"Fishing the Essex River Estuary with Captain Kalil is an experience not to be missed. The beauty of the fishery is only surpassed by Kalil's knowledge , service and complete attention to making sure his anglers maximize their day on the water."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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5 trips with Kalil Boghdan,
September 8, 2014
By: farr50
from New Hampshire
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"We covered most of the summer months fishing with Kalil and Downriver Charters. The fishing was wonderful. The catching not so much. No matter as the sights in the Essex River, Cranes Beach area are outstanding as is Kalil's knowledge of the history of the area. We were able to take 2 new fishing folks with us this year who really got into the work at hand. Wonderful times on the water but I must say I have some concerns for the Stripper fishing stocks as there seems to be something wrong going on with the low numbers of fish. Having fished thru the 70's, 80's and 90's I have seen ups and downs but the last few years have not been good for numbers of fish in our area's. Sorry to go off of my review. Kalil, as always works very hard to get you on fish."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Trip of a lifetime,
January 30, 2014
By: GarrettK
from Leominster, MA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Best in his class
"My father had given me a fishing trip with Captain Kalil for my 21st birthday over the summer. Kalil is a 1st class fishing guide and captain. He had brought our party to elite fishing spots where we were pulling in 6-7 good size striped bass per hour. His knowledge on using lures was second to none. Kalil also brings an excellent personality to the boat, making your day of fishing much more enjoyable. Lunch and breakfast were provided. For a great memorable experience Kalil is the guide for you."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Greatest Fishing Experience,
January 11, 2014
By: bcpierce11
from Marblehead, MA, USA
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"I was fortunate enough to fish with Capt. Kalil and my Dad twice last season. We had a wonderful experience. Seeing that I hadn't been fishing much in the last few years because of school and military service, Capt. Kalil was kind enough to give me expert pointers on how to fish for stripers. After a little practice I got the knack of casting back. Capt. Kalil took us to numerous hotspots in and around the Essex River and we got many fish. He was very knowledgeable about the area and all the wildlife. And on top of the wonderful fishing he provided great sandwiches, hot and cold drinks, fruit and snacks. I was quite impressed, to say the least! Can't wait for the Spring to get here so we can get back out there again. I highly recommend a day on the water with Capt. Kalil."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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2013,
January 6, 2014
By: MM50
from Mass
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"For the third year in a row I had the pleasure of spending at least two days with Capt. Kalil Boghdan. As always, the trips were successful and fun. Not only did we catch beautiful striped bass, we also saw wonderful scenery. Kalil did a great job of getting to fish and getting us hooked up. He also made the trip enjoyable with his banter and knowledge of the local environment. I would recommend Kalil to any angler looking for a great day fishing for striped bass!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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The hihglight of my season for, many season!,
December 26, 2013
By: EsquireJMac
from Essex, MA, USA
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"I spend several days a season fishing with Kalil. They are by far my most favorite days. I take my dad and on other select days I take a close friend. The memories I have built with my dad over the years are some of my most cherished. All of us look forward to these dates as the highlights of our season.
Kalil is the best, he really gets it! He is fun personable and professional. Over the years he has far surpassed his obvious role of guide and has become a friend and part of my family.
These are by far the best trips of our season. The fishing is always good and Kalil puts great efforts to ensure the refreshments are great and he always hits the mark.
I can't stress enough, everyone needs to go fishing with Kalil. The location is top notch and very beautiful.
I'm already looking forward to my next trip.
John McAuley, Esq."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Fishing Derby,
December 19, 2013
By: SoftTouch
from Beverly, MA
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"Captain Kalil's reputation as an expert on the Essex River was evident on our trip. It didn't take him long to guide us to a quiet grassy spot where we got into a lively school of striped bass. It turned out to be a bit of a fishing derby. It truly was a memorable event. Captain Kalil's hospitality is legendary and on this trip it was as you'd expect, plenty of hot coffee and sandwiches. The Essex River is my favorite waterway in New England and I can't think of a better person to guide it than Captain Kalil. I highly recommend Downriver Charters."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Once again,
December 11, 2013
By: Wjduncan
from Essex Ma.
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"There was no surprise when Captain Boghdan won the 2012 “Orvis Guide of the Year” award, he is an outstanding guide! I have gone out with him at least twice a year for the past four years, each and every time I had a fantastic time on the water. He has a real knack for finding the fish and at the same time making it feel like you are out on the water with a close friend of 30 years or family. I will book trips with him as long as he continues to charters."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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another fine day,
December 6, 2013
By: 4444144442444434444
from Marblehead, MA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:a joy to fish with
"The Essex River/Crane beach area is beutiful,and the fishing can be spectacular.The best part of the trip is being with Kalil.Kalil's knowlage as a guide is second to non.I have fished with many guides through the years,and can say Kalil is the BEST guide i've ever fished with.Kalil as a person is even better,a great man and friend."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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GREAT Fishing Trip,
December 6, 2013
By: Irish8881
from Essex, MA
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"Capt. Kalil is an excellent Capt and host. Extremely knowledgeable and very personable. GREAT overall experience!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Another great trip,
December 5, 2013
By: Nathaniel
from Newburyport, MA
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"This was my second season going out with Kalil, and this time I brought along two friends. One was an experienced fly fisherman and one with little experience. Kalil kept us in fish all day, with hookups at several different places. Kalil's knowledge of the waters is so extensive that every trip is a new adventure! He has a great presence in the boat, and makes it a fun challenge for exprienced fisherman and a great learning experience for newer anglers."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Coming Home,
December 3, 2013
By: EvilFrank
from Grantham, NH, USA
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"Fishing with Kalil is like coming home to a comfortable place. I've been fishing with Kalil for the past five years and each new trip is like visiting an old friend. His warmth and friendship make the day a pleasure independent of the fishing action. On the fishing front, he knows where to find them and he works very hard to find the fish on slow days. My only problem is with my fishing buddy, "The Good Frank", who always manages to leave his checkbook home."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Capt Kalil Boghdan,
December 2, 2013
By: Carl1234
from Burlington, MA
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"Once again Captain Kalil has provided us with yet another very memorable charter that we will never forget. We are already looking forward to our 2014 dates with him. Thank you Kalil! Carl"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Two of my best summer days,
November 29, 2013
By: GoodFrank
from Winchester, MA
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"Fishing with Captain Kalil is full of adventure and laughs. I've never ran across a more experienced guide, whether knowledge about the fish areas, about species, about fish behavior, about tackle gear, as well as a keen knowledge and concern about the environment. He tracks fish by watching bird behavior, radio contacting fellow guides, or just instinct. Most enjoyable is his sense of humor. He offsets my boring fish buddy, the Evil Frank. This is a top notch operation and Captain Kalil is a topnotch gentleman."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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gentleman, scholar and wonderful guide,
November 27, 2013
By: cubalibre
from Fredonia, NY, USA
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"As a fly fishing guide myself, I was very careful selecting a professional to guide my 12 year old son and me. Kalil is a rare individual in that he is truly wonderful person who is also a great guide. I have not reservation about having him guide us again in the near future and look forward to spending another day together."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes