Fly Fishing for Potomac River Shad

For all the years I’ve lived around DC, I’ve never fished the shad run out of Fletchers Boathouse.  A few weeks back, three of us struck out from Fletchers in a row boat to chase American and Hickory Shad.  While we had planned to get there around 5:30AM to stand in line (these boats go…

Fly Fishing Lake Lanier for Striped and Spotted Bass

At the beginning of April, I was able to spend a few days on Lake Lanier fly fishing for striped bass and spotted bass.  The lake is famous for its fresh water striped bass fishery, popularized by guide Henry Cowen.  While Cowen is usually booked for most of the spring each year, he was kind…

Winter Fly Fishing on the Neuse River

With a coworker and a new fishing bud, I headed down to New Bern, NC with visions of speckled seatrout, striped bass, red drum, chain pickerel, and largemouth in my head.  All things considered, we did alright. We left DC at 7PM on a Friday, and arrived at our AirBNB by 2AM.  Along the way,…

Winter Fly Fishing on Gunpowder Falls

Despite the escape to Belize, it was hard to stay indoors over the last two months.  I made a point to find some unfrozen water and try my luck, and ended up fishing Gunpowder Falls near Monkton three times.  And three times I proved that winter trout fishing is a puzzle I can’t crack. The…

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. We all worked streamers, some big, some small, all heavily weighted. …

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…