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.

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We all worked streamers, some big, some small, all heavily weighted.  We managed…two rainbow trout.  Not great numbers of fish.  Both fish were 12″-14″.

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North Branch Rainbow Trout.

Conditions were ideal:  Moderate flows and overcast conditions.  And we covered a lot of water.

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A slow section of water, and a beaver dam, on the North Branch.
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Fog lifting from the river at the end of a run.

 

Both fish came from the same small stretch of water, between sections of faster moving water.  We also had a few hits each, which also came from the same area.

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Lunch break on the Potomac.

Maybe it was the recent stocking, maybe the cold weather the night before.  Regardless, I enjoyed the hike through some of Maryland/West Virginia’s prettiest water.

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