Summer Fly Fishing on the Middle Chesapeake: Open Water

July and August on the Chesapeake bring an interesting mix of species and opportunities for middle-Chesapeake fly fishermen, as well as some challenges.  With the hot weather, most mid-sized game fish (2-5lb striped bass, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel) are in deeper water, following clouds of bay anchovies that dimple the surface like rain drops.  When…

Slow or Fast Action: Which Fly Rod is Best?

Fly rods are tools, and like any tool, the basic design can be tweaked for a desired outcome.  What does a fly rod do?  It stores energy, translating potential energy into kinetic energy with each stroke, then recapturing that energy before sending it rebounding again.  It’s the same basic function that tennis strings, a bow…

Fishing Report – Middle Chesapeake Bay

It’s July, it’s hot, and the fly fishing and light tackle action has slowed down out of Solomons Island, MD.  There are fish, but you have to be in the right place at the right time (or fishing out of Baltimore Harbor, where it seems a huge slug of striped bass has taken up residence…

Fishing Report – Eastern Shore of Virginia

I spent the past weekend fishing the lower Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, operating out of a tiny creek north of Fisherman’s Island.  The target was cobia on fly, and I had the flies, gear, and strategy to make it happen.  Unfortunately it was not to be, as the winds whipped up out of…

Fishing Report – Esopus Creek (Catskills)

When a wedding called me away to New York’s Catskill Mountains, I was justifiably excited – these were famous trout waters, home to the Beaverkill and the Delaware.  I fished neither of these, instead fishing Esopus Creek, a trout-filled trickle that becomes a large river within a few mile span.  Esopus flows from the peaks…