Fly Fishing the Everglades and West Palm Beach

After a long break from fishing, I kicked off my 2019 saltwater “campaign” with a trip to Florida.  It would be a quick trip:  Two days in Naples fishing the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades, and one day in West Palm Beach fly fishing for spinner sharks. The weather could not have…

Winter Fishing on the Chesapeake – Virginia

As the season wound down, I joined my friend on the Eastern Shore of Virginia to fly fish and jig for striped bass in early December. We fished two days, finding the shallow creeks of the Eastern Shore barren, but finding structure in 40-60 feet of water full of fish.  Saturday saw us in fish…

Chesapeake Stripers – Middle Bay

I went out a few times in early November on the Patuxent River hunting stripers.  Fishing (both shallow spots in the river’s creeks and in deep water) was poor – small pods of fish moving through and very hard to target with jigs in the deep, and the creeks were largely barren.  Why?  A rapid…

Fishing Patuxent River and Middle Chesapeake Bay

I hadn’t fished my home waters since early June, and with the weather looking favorable, I, my dad, and his friend headed out of Solomons MD to hunt for fall striped bass. Maryland and Virginia have had the most rain in recorded history this year, and it showed.  The shallow waters of the Patuxent River…

Fly Fishing for False Albacore – Cape Lookout, NC

I’ve read about and dreamed about fishing Cape Lookout for about as long as I’ve been fly fishing.  After many years of virtual spectating, I booked a trip with Captain Sarah Gardner.  Sarah is fly fishing royalty.  She and her husband, Brian Horsley, have been in the fly fishing game for a long time, and…

Fly Fishing for Juvenile Tarpon

I had a single fly-caught tarpon to my name…that is until a couple weeks ago.  While visiting some good friends in Key West, I managed to sight cast and land a couple sub-adult (baby) tarpon from my buddies dinghy. The plan had been to do a few days from a mother-ship (my buddy’s “house”) in…

Fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia – September

I don’t fish alone, at least not often. Fishing alone is a purely selfish endeavor.  There is no sharing – not of the hunt, the wind and water, the smells, the fish themselves.  No sharing of disappointments, the cracking of natures’ puzzles, or (if you’re lucky) the joys of success. Fishing with good friends is…

Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia – June

After more than half a year, I joined my friend down on the ESVA, with fingers crossed for cobia and big houndfish on fly.  As usual, things did not work out exactly as hoped, but plenty of fun was had. Day 1 saw light morning winds and an outgoing tide at the creek we were…

Fly Fishing the Middle Chesapeake – Early June

After the successes of May, I honestly expected the fishing to stay solid through the end of June.  Looks like I was wrong. I spent last Wednesday and Thursday fishing the middle Chesapeake, ranging from Sharps Island Light to the mouth of the Honga River.  My friend and I fished back in amongst the islands…

Fly Fishing Chesapeake Bay – May

I’ve managed to get out four times in May to fish on the Chesapeake.  Two of those trips were abbreviated:  Doing a sea test after boat repairs and fishing for an hour or two (and did very well), and later taking the family out to see the birds on Barren Island while wetting a line…

Fly Fishing the Bahamas for Bonefish and Barracuda

I love bonefish.  But I never thought I’d say that. As short as 6 months ago, I thought they were all hype – a fish to shake ungodly sums of money from the pockets of fishermen (through space age rods and travel agents). But…they are not all hype.  And after spending the last week in…

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…