Fly Fishing the Seneca Creek Backcountry

For the third year in a row, I spent a weekend fishing and camping in the Seneca Creek Backcountry, part of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.  It takes just over 4 hours to get from Washington DC to the trail head, a distance I’ll gladly drive to experience some of the best small-stream…

Alaska Day 3 – Fly Out for Silver Salmon

My last fishing day in Alaska was spent flying out across Cook Inlet to fish for Silver (Coho) Salmon in the foot of glacial mountains.  Not a bad way to cap things off. I met my guide near Soldotna, as well as my pilot, and was happy to hear that the weather conditions were good,…

Alaska Day 2 – Creek Fishing

Waking up on day two in Alaska, I met with guide James and headed out to a local creek to fish for rainbows and dolly vardens.  The weather was great – overcast with a little sun peaking through, and the mountains were visible around us as we made our way to the water. James rigged…

Alaska Day 1 – Kenai River

My sister moved to Alaska for the summer, something she had dreamed about since her days of mail-order wolf adoption as a little girl.  I’ve been dreaming about Alaska too, and with a sibling relocating to the wildest state in the union, I had to go visit, fly rod in tow. I booked three days…

Summer Morning on the Gunpowder River

The gunpowder is fishing well.  Water levels are low, but the fish are concentrated anywhere the water is knee deep. Fish are eating griffith’s gnats, swung pheasant tail nymphs, and terrestrials.  The gnat did the best for me during my late morning and early afternoon trip, and the fishing got silly good a few times. …

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…

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 – 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…

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…

Fishing Report – Rocky Gorge Reservoir

After the recent bad weather and lack of fishing on my part, I snuck out of work early this past Tuesday to fish Rocky Gorge Reservoir in Montgomery County.  My goal was to throw big streamers for pike and musky in the shallow portions of the reservoir, where water temperatures should be climbing into the 60’s. …