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. …

Fishing Report – Upper Patuxent River

With a brief break in the nasty winter weather the DMV’s been having, I decided to fish the Upper Patuxent River off of Hipsley Mill Road.  The sun had been shining for most of the day, air temperatures had climbed into the 50’s, and my hope was the warmth, coupled with stained water, would make for good streamer…

Fishing Report: Savage River (Lower and Upper)

After striking out on the Gunpowder (0-2 for the year), I received an invite to fish the Savage River in western Maryland with a friend.  With unseasonably warm weather in the 60’s forecast, I hoped to throw big streamers for equally big browns in the Lower Savage, a tail-water river that is entirely catch and…

Fishing Report: Gunpowder River

Having not fished for a few weeks (with my last trip having been to North Carolina over the Christmas break), I was excited to see a couple nice weather weekends come through Maryland.  While the Chesapeake isn’t fishing great currently, and warm-water fisheries are still dormant, trout feed year round in Maryland tail-waters, one of…

Fishing Report: Neuse River, North Carolina Creek

On a mini-vacation, and enjoying a great Airbnb down here in Arapohoe, NC.  The place has kayaks and creek access, so I spent a couple hours together fishing and catching.  With the warm, sunny conditions, the fish were active, and I landed a half dozen largemouth bass and pickerel.  Yellow clouser minnows on a floating…

Fishing Report: Kern River and Sequoia National Forest

I traveled out to California a couple weeks ago with my girlfriend.  While we were visiting friends in LA and San Diego, I still found time to put some fishing on our schedule. We headed up into Sequoia National Forest, about 3 hours from our friends in Little Tokyo, and a totally different world from…