Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia – June

After more than half a year, I joined my friend down on the ESVA, with fingers crossed for cobia and big houndfish on fly.  As usual, things did not work out exactly as hoped, but plenty of fun was had. Day 1 saw light morning winds and an outgoing tide at the creek we were…

Fly Fishing the Middle Chesapeake – Early June

After the successes of May, I honestly expected the fishing to stay solid through the end of June.  Looks like I was wrong. I spent last Wednesday and Thursday fishing the middle Chesapeake, ranging from Sharps Island Light to the mouth of the Honga River.  My friend and I fished back in amongst the islands…

Fly Fishing Chesapeake Bay – May

I’ve managed to get out four times in May to fish on the Chesapeake.  Two of those trips were abbreviated:  Doing a sea test after boat repairs and fishing for an hour or two (and did very well), and later taking the family out to see the birds on Barren Island while wetting a line…

Fly Fishing Shenandoah National Park – Early May

After coming back from the Bahamas, and with my boat in the shop, I went fishing out in Shenandoah National Park.  We were going to fish the Conway River, which holds a mix of brown and brook trout and runs up the Eastern portion of the mountains. Between the three of us, we caught one…

Fly Fishing the Bahamas for Bonefish and Barracuda

I love bonefish.  But I never thought I’d say that. As short as 6 months ago, I thought they were all hype – a fish to shake ungodly sums of money from the pockets of fishermen (through space age rods and travel agents). But…they are not all hype.  And after spending the last week in…

Fly Fishing for Potomac River Shad

For all the years I’ve lived around DC, I’ve never fished the shad run out of Fletchers Boathouse.  A few weeks back, three of us struck out from Fletchers in a row boat to chase American and Hickory Shad.  While we had planned to get there around 5:30AM to stand in line (these boats go…

Fly Fishing Lake Lanier for Striped and Spotted Bass

At the beginning of April, I was able to spend a few days on Lake Lanier fly fishing for striped bass and spotted bass.  The lake is famous for its fresh water striped bass fishery, popularized by guide Henry Cowen.  While Cowen is usually booked for most of the spring each year, he was kind…

Winter Fly Fishing on the Neuse River

With a coworker and a new fishing bud, I headed down to New Bern, NC with visions of speckled seatrout, striped bass, red drum, chain pickerel, and largemouth in my head.  All things considered, we did alright. We left DC at 7PM on a Friday, and arrived at our AirBNB by 2AM.  Along the way,…

Winter Fly Fishing on Gunpowder Falls

Despite the escape to Belize, it was hard to stay indoors over the last two months.  I made a point to find some unfrozen water and try my luck, and ended up fishing Gunpowder Falls near Monkton three times.  And three times I proved that winter trout fishing is a puzzle I can’t crack. The…

Fly Fishing Belize (Week in Review)

I just got back from a week in Belize.  While it was a spur of the moment trip (a friend had already paid for lodging and the guide service and gave me a last-minute invite), I had the opportunity to chase the big three (tarpon, permit, and bonefish) as well as barracuda and snook. My…

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…