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Captain Ernie French

Guide at a Glance

  • Locations

    Hampton, New York, United States

  • Activities


  • Guiding Experience

    19 years

  • Languages


  • Favorite Trip

    The Fall Run

Guide Bio

Captain Ernie French is a professional fishing guide and the owner of Fly Fish Montauk, which is based out of Hampton, New York. He is a very knowledgeable guide who has been providing high quality fishing excursions for over 12 years. Ernie is a very friendly guide who has been endorsed by Orvis. He can teach you many new fishing skills and techniques during his tours. Ernie really looks forward to having you out for an awesome fishing excursion in Hampton. Book in advance to guarantee your spot on a tour.

Captain Ernie French's Reviews

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    We booked a number of days with Captain French in August 2020. We paid a deposit and were ready to fish. Leading up to our trip NY state announced new regulationsthat required travelers from 35 states to quarantine for 14 days upon entering the states. With less than a week to go we were informed by NY State health authorities that rules were being strictly enforced including roadside checkpoints. Captan French was willing to overlook those rules. One week out were informed our trip was bing cancelled. We let Captain French know and would have readily accepted a future credit but none was offered. We willingly forfeited the credit that had been paid and apologized for the inconvenience. All we got in return was veiled threats, unsubstantiated claims of loss, and the following response from Captain French:

    “You have all now been entered on the Orvis website Dead Beat List along with all the other guide services I have worked with over my twenty five years in the business all over the USA, Bahama, South America etc. We know how to deal with dead beats like you. It’s a small world out there and your names are out there.”

    We have had multiple trips cancelled this year including a week in Florida and two weeks in Scotland. In EVERY case we’ve been offered a chance to re-book with a two year window and full credit. We have successfully fished with Orvis endorsed guides since the program started in 1984. We have successfully fished around the world for 40+ years. This is the first time we’ve ever encountered unprofessional behavior like this, in ANY country. We plan to take this up with the Orvis corporate team since Captain French does not embody the spirit of this program. I can fully guarantee that his website claim (below) of professionalism is patently untrue:

    “As a 12 year member of the Orvis Endorsed program; you can feel comfortable knowing that when you fly fish with Ernie French, you are fishing with a professional in every sense of the word.”

    These are the facts. We are not getting emotional as Captain French did very quickly. Judge for yourself.

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