Fly Fishing the Gunpowder and the (Tidal) Patuxent River

November is my favorite month in Maryland for fishing.  The weather is often perfect, and the fish are feeding actively, gearing up for the metabolic pause of winter. Over the last two weekends, I fished two very different places, each in its own late-fall pattern. In the middle of November, I did a solo afternoon…

Fly Fishing the North Branch of the Potomac

At the end of October, I fished the North Branch of the Potomac at Barnum, West Virginia.  Three of us gave it a shot, fishing from sunrise through to early afternoon, and working downstream from the boat launch through multiple shoots, pools, and rapids. We all worked streamers, some big, some small, all heavily weighted. …

Fly Fishing the Middle Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore

With low winds and pleasant weather forecast, I spent two days fishing this past weekend out of Solomons, MD. I woke up early Saturday, and took my boat out for a solo run.  I fished the shallows around Solomons with a popper as the sun rose, at the tail end of the outgoing tide.  I…

Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia

Over the last week, I’ve fished the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay three times:  Out of Machipongo, Virginia, out of Crisfield, Maryland, and out of Solomons, Maryland. Out of Machipongo, I and a friend hoped to target speckled trout and red drum, but with strong southerly winds, we struggled to catch anything other than…

Fly Fishing the Seneca Creek Backcountry

For the third year in a row, I spent a weekend fishing and camping in the Seneca Creek Backcountry, part of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.  It takes just over 4 hours to get from Washington DC to the trail head, a distance I’ll gladly drive to experience some of the best small-stream…

Fishing out of Solomons and Kent Island

The last two weekends I fished out of Solomons, MD, hunting for all the great early fall fishing that comes this time of year. The first weekend I fished the Honga River with a crew of three.  With strong winds out of the north, we headed across the bay from Solomons, entering the Honga north…

Fly Fishing and Light Tackle on the ESVA

After having mixed success fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia (ESVA) this year, I and my buddy (a local) gave it another go.  The weather this past weekend was favorable, and so I made the drive from DC with fly rods and spinning rods in tow, as well as a new fly…a secret weapon in…

Alaska Day 3 – Fly Out for Silver Salmon

My last fishing day in Alaska was spent flying out across Cook Inlet to fish for Silver (Coho) Salmon in the foot of glacial mountains.  Not a bad way to cap things off. I met my guide near Soldotna, as well as my pilot, and was happy to hear that the weather conditions were good,…

Alaska Day 2 – Creek Fishing

Waking up on day two in Alaska, I met with guide James and headed out to a local creek to fish for rainbows and dolly vardens.  The weather was great – overcast with a little sun peaking through, and the mountains were visible around us as we made our way to the water. James rigged…

Alaska Day 1 – Kenai River

My sister moved to Alaska for the summer, something she had dreamed about since her days of mail-order wolf adoption as a little girl.  I’ve been dreaming about Alaska too, and with a sibling relocating to the wildest state in the union, I had to go visit, fly rod in tow. I booked three days…