Coral is Dying on a Changing Planet

A new study has shown that a massive bleaching event is occurring on the Great Barrier Reef in Western Australia.  While this has occurred to lesser extents in the 1990’s and 2000’s, this new summer bleaching has affected >90% of the reef. Clearly the planet is changing at a never before witnessed pace (at least…

DIY Fly Fishing for Dolphin

Spring and Summer in the Florida Keys is about dolphin fishing.  Sure…you can lobster, or fly fish for bonefish, tarpon, and permit on the flats, but spending a day chasing dolphin with a fly rod is the real deal.  And there is no fish that combines beauty, gameness, and flavor like these fish. Step #1: …

Fishing Report – North Branch, Potomac River

After fishing the Casselman River earlier in the day, I headed to the Potomac River in Luke, MD.  At the foot of the Verso paper mill where the Savage River and Potomac River meet, I and my friend threw streamers on sinking lines.  We saw very little life – a few small midges, but nothing…

Fishing Report – Casselman River

Blessed with fantastic weekend weather, I struck out Sunday with a friend to fish the Casselman and Potomac Rivers in Western Maryland.  The Casselman is well known for its Rainbow Trout, which Maryland DNR releases into the river by the thousands.  The Potomac, by contrast, is stocked, but most catches consist of hold-over or native…

Fly Tying – Rusty Punisher

I’m two months out from my Everglades fly fishing trip, and I’m beginning to stock my boxes with fly patterns for Snook, Tarpon, and Red Drum.  I’ve always loved Drew Chicone’s flies, and I tied up a handful of his “Peppermint Punishers” with one twist – I used a rust colored EP brush instead of…