About Us

About Us

Our Story

Welcome to Reel Adventure Outfitters LLC where passion, knowledge and expertise intertwine to bring you a one of a kind fishing experience. Reel Adventure Outfitters holds over 20 years of experience guiding individuals and corporate teams on some of the most beautiful and historic bodies of water in Connecticut. From fresh to saltwater, ponds and rivers to deep sea fishing, let us show you a Reel Adventure. Our team of registered and insured guides provide top of the line equipment and gear to make your experience an unforgettable one. With attention to detail, we offer white glove services to maximize your time fishing without all the packing and fuss. Our local partners provide a curated selection of products and delicacies to take your trip to the next level. Our Managing Partner & Lead Guide, Paul McConnell, and his team of expert anglers have local knowledge of some of the best kept secrets in Connecticut and Massachusetts. We offer float and wade guided fishing tours down CT’s beatific Housatonic River and Farmington River. We will customize and tailor your experience by pairing your group to the best guide for your trip. From experienced anglers, first time fly fishers, corporate events and family trips, Reel Adventure Outfitters will ensure you are hooked up!

Covid 19 Update

Reel Adventure outfitters understands the impact of Covid 19 on society. Preventing the spread of Covid 19 is taken very seriously and we have instituted several safety precautions to ensure you have a safe adventure. We have implemented several safety measures such as sanitizing equipment, social distancing, we require all guides to wear masks and equipment is never shared. Fishing is a great way to social distance and get out in nature. Reel Adventure Outfitters will do our part to keep you safe.

Expert Anglers

Lead Fishing Guide, Paul McConnell

Paul McConnell

Lead Fishing Guide
Paul grew up fishing in a local neighborhood stream with a fly rod given to him by his father. A family heirloom, the rod had been collecting dust for many years. At a young age Paul brushed off the dust taught himself how to catch sunfish, brook trout and bass under a large waterfall which led into a stream. As his passion and skill set broadened, he started to venture out to the Mill River in Hamden. His dad would drop him off at the Farmington and Housatonic Rivers for hours where one day he crossed paths with a guy in a cowboy hat. He tied the most amazing flies Paul had ever seen and generously offered helpful tips and tactics. Paul still admires “Cowboy Dave” as the legend who inspired his continuous quest for learning the sport. Eventually, Paul frequented the fly shop on the Farmington River where he met more fisherman, including Bruce Marino and Shawn Britton. They were both great fly tiers and guides who worked with Paul and eventually encouraged him to start guiding his own trips. After shadowing his mentors, along with the inspiration of Richard Strolis, Paul’s first guide trip was a true success. He gave a great casting lesson and walked into an epic hatch where fish were caught left and right. From that day forward he learned how to guide out of a drift boat and raft. Watching in from other great guides and honing in on the skills they taught, brought him the level of expertise to become the professional guide he is today. Paul’s passion and love for fly fishing has brought him across the country from the Delaware River to New York, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Colorado and beyond. He is grateful to return to his CT river roots to offer an amazing experience to anyone seeking the perfect outdoor adventure!