Eastern Shore of Virginia

In July and early August, I fished the Eastern Shore of Virginia with the hope of finding fly-rod cobia. For the first go-round, I traveled down by car to the Cape Charles area, and headed out with my friend on his boat.  We caught shark after shark while chumming for cobia, eventually changing strategies to…

River Bend State Park, Virginia

A month ago, I took a few hours to hit River Bend State Park.  I’ve fished it on and off over the last two years, and never done well.  As in before, my girlfriend joined me, and we rented a canoe. Flows were high, the water muddy, and the fishing was poor.  It turned into…

Fly Fishing the Shenandoah Valley

After my last trip out to fish the Shenandoah Valley, I was looking forward to getting back again.  I met up with my dad, uncle, and a friend to do three days based out of Luray. The first day, my friend and I fished a little portion of the South Fork of the Shenandoah near…

Fishing Eastern Bay out of Kent Island, MD

While battling food poisoning, I was invited to go fishing with a friend on Eastern Bay, south of Kent Island.  Having never fished it before, I (of course) said yes. I met my friend at his house, and we trailered his new Carolina Skiff to the launch on Kent Island.  My goal was to find…

Fly Fishing the Shenandoah Valley – Mossy Creek and the South Fork

When I was at the Harrisburg Fly Fishing Show this winter, I listened to a talk by Colby Trow of Mossy Creek Outfitters.  Colby spoke at length about the Shenandoah River Valley, and the great fishing that exists there.  He flashed pictures of massive smallmouth bass, brown and rainbow trout, beautiful brook trout, and enough…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay

I enjoy fishing without other people around.  I think most people do. Because of this, I will happily burn fuel to get far away from the pack, often as not taking me across the bay to the Eastern shore of Maryland.  Sometimes, however, that doesn’t work out.  A few weeks ago, I had that kind…

Fishing Report – Shenandoah National Park

Back from the Keys, I did a much anticipated solo trip to Shenandoah National Park.  With all of the rain and wind expected to make fishing tough on the Chesapeake, I expected to find some willing fish on the cold, mountain streams of the park. I drove the two hours from Washington DC to the…

Bahia Honda State Park – Florida Keys

Last Monday, after my other friends left Key West, I headed to Bahia Honda state park to hunt for bonefish.  This park is a gem – gorgeous sand, great amenities, and generally is not too crowded for fly fishers to hunt the sand and grass flats for hours.  I armed myself with my 8wt and…

Fly Fishing for Tarpon in Key Largo

Last Saturday I fished with guide Duane Baker out of Key Largo for ocean tarpon.  I have wanted to do the ocean-side tarpon fishing thing for a few years, and finally pulled the trigger.  I was very lucky to get Duane – he’s accomplished, a relaxed yet precise coach, and an all around nice guy. …

Fishing Report – Middle Chesapeake Bay (Skinny Water)

A couple weeks ago, with what looked like decent weather, my dad and I fished the Eastern Shore of the middle Chesapeake for striped bass.  From late April to early June, there is good fishing to be had around the islands, rivers, and creeks off the Honga River, Little Choptank, and Choptank Rivers. The weather…

Fishing Report – Gunpowder River

I love the Gunpowder River.  It’s an hour from DC, is full of wild brown trout, and it’s a challenging river.  Every day is different, with fish that can be happy (even stupid) at times, and at other times invisible and discerning. My Easter morning brought both experiences.  The fish were happy and hungry, with splashy…

Fishing Report – Rocky Gorge Reservoir

After my skunk earlier in the week, I headed back to Rocky Gorge Reservoir on Sunday afternoon, walking in from the Supplee Lane parking lot.  The area was fairly crowded, with multiple fishermen on the shore and in kayaks and electric-powered canoes.  The water seemed warm, and the sun was high and bright.  Not the…