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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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116 of 116(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
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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Best guide ever,
December 8, 2014
By: Speckledtroutrt
from Essex, MA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Kalil is most definitely worthy of being an Orvis guide of the year
"I have hunted and fished on five continents and have never had a guide that works as hard or is as personable as Kalil. He is a perfect guide and deserving of the designation of Orvis guide of the year. I have never had a more honest guide or one that is more fun. We left MA thinking of Kakil as a very close friend that would do anything to help us."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Another Fabulous Year,
December 5, 2014
By: Loulou1
from Beverly, MA
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"Every year Kalil brings new experiences to the trip. Nothing is ever the same. It just keeps getting better, more fun, exciting yet relaxing."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Great Striper Trip,
November 25, 2014
By: BTork
from MA
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"Capt. Kalil is the best. He's not only an experienced captain he's a knowledgeable fisherman and a great host. Thanks Kalil for a great 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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Great guide,
November 22, 2014
By: matty25
from Essex, MA, USA
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"Capt Kalil is the best! I've been going with my dad for a number of years and have recently started booking my own trips. I (and whoever I've brought) always have a great time and we've been pretty lucky catching fish. Kalil knows the area better than anybody and it makes for a great day. And you're never wanting for a thing! I would recommend Kalil to anybody and everybody. It's always a blast!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Fishing Ipswich & Essex,
November 18, 2014
By: ScottIpswich
from ScottG
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"I have been trying to fish with Capt.Kalil for a few years now. Finally this year I booked in time and had a couple great experiences! He has been lots of fun, on time, plenty of food and drink.
Always the gentleman.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Outstanding!!!,
November 18, 2014
By: BSDC
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"What a truely incredable experience!! To fly fish, the salt air and with family/friends, there's no better place for a lasting memory. Looking forward to next year!!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Great Guide,
November 11, 2014
By: SamHowe
from Andover, MA, USA
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"I have fished with Kalil for several years and only wish he weren't so popular and therefore difficult to schedule. When you're this good, people find and retain you! He knows the water well and is generous with his time. He is also not in it for the income as much as for the quality experience, and he will discourage a booking if the fishing looks unproductive. I will do my best to book him again next year and otherwise keep in touch with him as a friend."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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2014 trip,
November 4, 2014
By: MarkM1
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"I am a repeat customer, having booked charters with Capt. Kalil on several occasions. On this trip I took a good friend, who was a first time angler with Capt. Kalil. We had a great day on the river. Capt. Kalil kept us moving to where the fish were. We covered a lot of water, as the fish were very picky on this day. Kalil also kept us laughing with good humor, and engaged with good conversation. Overall another fantastic trip!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Fishing,
November 4, 2014
By: mrp1
from Essex River
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"Kalil was awesome. He was very knowledgeable about the river, the surrounding area and the fishing and told many stories that were very interesting.
I am planning on taking my 2 sons out with Kalil next summer."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Another Great Trip,
November 3, 2014
By: BobM4570
from Southington, CT, USA
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"Fishing with Kalil is always a great experience. His knowledge of the area, what to use, and how to present it always yields fish or strikes. He is always searching to put his customers on the fish. I have chartered Kalil many times, never have been disapointed, and have always returned the following year. His charters are a total experience, not just catching fish. I'm looking forward to many additional trips with Kalil."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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"Great Guy",
November 2, 2014
By: cubalibre
from Fredonia, NY, USA
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"Anyone who has fished with Kalil will soon understand why he was Orvis's Guide of the Year. He is a pleasure to spend time with and it doesn't take look before you feel as though he has become a good friend.
I love having my young son fish with Kalil. He is a great role model."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Great Guy and Guide,
October 31, 2014
By: OnTheOtherLine
from Reading, MA
"I've been fishing Kalil for many years and keep going back because he is not only a great guide but a great person to spend time with. Regardless of how the fishing is, I can always count on having a great day with Kalil. He is very generous with his time. A half day for Kalil is from about 6:00am to mid afternoon. Even then he always gives the option to stay out longer. He is very enthusiastic, has a great sense of humor and passionate about what he does. You won't find a better guide, period."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Tops!,
October 24, 2014
By: taugher
from Sacramento, CA, USA
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"We have fished with Kalil for four seasons now. We not only have had a great time, but he has managed to get us into good fish even through all the ups and downs of fishing. He is always punctual and prepared, is very knowledgeable about his craft, has great Orvis equipment on board as backup or to try out, presents the most tempting food and is just the best company you could want. We fish a lot of different locales, here and in other countries and Kalil certainly ranks at the top!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Fishing with the Grandsons,
October 23, 2014
By: RichPio
from Berkeley Heights, NJ
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"My son and I have fished with Kalil five times and this year we brought my two grandsons. A few days before the scheduled trip Kalil called us to say that the fishing has been poor and he would understand if we wanted to cancel. We decided to go anyway and the fishing was actually not bad. Each of the boys caught several stripers up to 22 inches in length. In between catching fish, Kalil was great in keeping the boys engaged and enthusiastic. It turned out to be a great trip."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Fabulous Time,
October 23, 2014
By: LipSticker
from Lawrenceville, GA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Great guide, great personailty, very safety conscious
"I fished with my brother from Maine, and my local buddy from GA, and we had a great time. Kalil was very enthusiastic, put us on the fish, had a great sense of humor, and didn't want to stop fishing. He had a great attitude, and couldn't have been more upbeat."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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Essex River,
October 23, 2014
By: Wilson01
from Essex River, Essex, MA, USA
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"I have fished with Capt. Kalil for the past three summers. I love it. The area is beautiful. Kalil is the “Best” guide. It is easily understood why he was the 2012 Orvis Endorsed Guide of the Year.
Kalil is all about, “safety first”. He makes sure everyone on board understands the boat, the waters and the safety rules.
The salt marshes, beaches and sand flats of the Essex River are amazing. Each time you go out it is a new experience. It is so much fun to go out and enjoy the area with such a knowledgeable and personable captain. He knows the waters, the area and all its history. He loves what he does and it shows.
Capt Kalil is the “best” and you have to try his chicken salad sandwich
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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First time with Kalil,
October 22, 2014
By: AugustF
from Cambridge, MA, USA
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"I have heard a lot of great things about fishing with Kalil and they are all true. We didn't have the best weather conditions out there but it was still a great time to be out on the water. He is an expert on the area and an excellent teacher. I will definitely be back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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A Day of Fun,
October 21, 2014
By: ultraroger
from Topsfield Ma
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"A great day with Captain Kalil was had by my son and myself. We were treated to a great day of food,fishing and good weather. The boat was well stocked with Orvis rods and reels. I would highly recommend Captain Kalil to anyone."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Downriver Charters (Capt. Kalil Boghdan), MA
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The Best There Is,
October 20, 2014
By: ejfceo
from Lexington, MA, USA
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"I have fished with many, many guides over many, many years and in my opinion, Kalil is the best there is - He earns this praise not only for working as hard as he can to get you into fish, but also by virtue of his hospitality, his in depth knowledge of the fishery, his sincerity and his uncanny sense of humor. I've fished 4 times with Kalil and on some trips have caught more fish than others, but despite the size or number of fish I've caught, - the fishing has been outstanding every time."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes