Our rates and other important information are listed below. If you have any further questions, please call or email us.
April - May
Five Hour Fishing Trip - $500
Note: During the striper season a $20 fee per person will be added for bait.
June - October
Half Day Fishing Trip (4 hours) - $400
A deposit of $200 is required within seven (7) days. The balance is due on the day of the trip. Please note, we accept cash or traveler's checks only.
Cancellations: Deposits are refunded only if you cancel your trip within fourteen (14) days of the scheduled trip. Reel Happy Charters reserves the right to cancel any trip for inclement or dangerous weather. In the event that Reel Happy Charters cancels a trip, you may reschedule the trip or receive a refund of the deposit.
What's Included in the Trip
A guided fishing trip with Reel Happy Fishing Charters includes the following:
Quality Level Wind Reels & Spinning Reels from Abu Garcia and Quantum
Quality Fly Rods from Scott and High Quality Reels from Abel as well as Rio and Airflo Lines
Quality Bait Casting Rods from Shakespeare & Shimano
A High Quality Boat - the boat is a 2013 Lund Alaskan 20 ft with a 115 Yamaha, VHF radio, cell phone, GPS, Fish finder, bow-mounted electric motor.
A Daily Network of up-to-date information about the best fishing spots on the Hudson River
What to Bring
All fishing equipment is supplied, as well as bait. In addition, the following items are suggested:
Camera and film
Foul weather gear
Boat shoes and sneakers
Food and beverage (no alcohol is allowed)
Directions to the Riverview Marina & Dutchman's Landing Boat Ramp
From the NYS Thruway: exit the thruway and at the red light take a left. Stay on this road for roughly 1.5 miles until you come to the only red light on the Main Street in Catskill. Go directly through the red light and approx. 500 yards on the right you will see the Riverview Marina (a large red building with boats near the street). Reel Happy Fishing Charters is located at this Marina.
(Note - these directions are to be used during the striper season only, April and May)
Directions from the east side of the Hudson (i.e. Hudson and Columbia county): cross the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. When you cross the bridge you will come to a red light, take a left on route 385 for approx. a half mile until you come to a stop sign. At this stop sign take a right, you will go down a steep hill and come to another red light, at this light take a left and travel 500 yards until you see the Riverview Marina (a large red building with boats near the street on your right) Reel Happy is located at this Marina.
(Note - these directions are to be used during the striper season only, April-May)
Directions to Dutchman's Landing Boat Ramp: use the same directions as above (depending upon where you are coming from), but continue on approx. one hundred yards after the Riverview Marina and take a left at the sign for Dutchman's Landing. Continue on this road for approx. another hundred yards and the ramp will be visible, as will parking spaces for you to park during the trip.
(Note - Reel Happy only uses the ramp from June - October)
Information about accommodations can be received from the Greene County Information Center located near the New York State Thruway (Exit 21) or by calling them directly at: 518-943-3223.
Specialty Outdoor Stores in the Area
River Basin Sports - A specialty outdoor store with a strong fishing emphasis, plus up-to-date fishing information. Please Visit 66 West Main Street, Catskill, NY
Swamp Angel Antiques - Antique tools, decoys and outdoor art at 349 Main St. Catskill, NY 12414. Contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 518-9432650.
Other Sites of Interest
Hudson River Boating Headquarters - an Evinrude and Johnson outboard dealer as well as a Hydra Sports dealership providing mechanical work on a variety of inboards as well as the previously mentioned outboards. Rigging for vessels is available as well as a host for mast work. Rentals, both motored and kayak are available during boating season. Visit the web site at: www.riverviewmarineservices.com
Abel Fly Reels - and products are in a class by themselves. These fly reels are crafted by Americans in America and the company provides world class service. Visit the web site at:www.abelreels.com
Rio Products - RIO designs and manufactures the world's most advanced fly lines, leaders and tippets. Visit the web site at: www.rioproducts.com
Greene County Tourism - 1-800-355-2287 - What to do and see in Greene County, NY. Visit the web site at: www.greenetourism.com
St. Croix Fishing Rods - Quality rods for freshwater and saltwater, Visit the web site at: www.stcroixrods.com.
Scott Fly Rods - Fresh water and salt, they lead the way on the water. Visit the web site at: www.scottflyrod.com.
Airflo Lines - Fly lines for all species that you can count on. Visit the web site at: www.rajeffsports.com.