Fly Fishing the Gunpowder and the (Tidal) Patuxent River

November is my favorite month in Maryland for fishing.  The weather is often perfect, and the fish are feeding actively, gearing up for the metabolic pause of winter. Over the last two weekends, I fished two very different places, each in its own late-fall pattern. In the middle of November, I did a solo afternoon…

Fly Fishing the Middle Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore

With low winds and pleasant weather forecast, I spent two days fishing this past weekend out of Solomons, MD. I woke up early Saturday, and took my boat out for a solo run.  I fished the shallows around Solomons with a popper as the sun rose, at the tail end of the outgoing tide.  I…

Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia

Over the last week, I’ve fished the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay three times:  Out of Machipongo, Virginia, out of Crisfield, Maryland, and out of Solomons, Maryland. Out of Machipongo, I and a friend hoped to target speckled trout and red drum, but with strong southerly winds, we struggled to catch anything other than…

Fishing out of Solomons and Kent Island

The last two weekends I fished out of Solomons, MD, hunting for all the great early fall fishing that comes this time of year. The first weekend I fished the Honga River with a crew of three.  With strong winds out of the north, we headed across the bay from Solomons, entering the Honga north…

Fly Fishing and Light Tackle on the ESVA

After having mixed success fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia (ESVA) this year, I and my buddy (a local) gave it another go.  The weather this past weekend was favorable, and so I made the drive from DC with fly rods and spinning rods in tow, as well as a new fly…a secret weapon in…

Eastern Shore of Virginia

In July and early August, I fished the Eastern Shore of Virginia with the hope of finding fly-rod cobia. For the first go-round, I traveled down by car to the Cape Charles area, and headed out with my friend on his boat.  We caught shark after shark while chumming for cobia, eventually changing strategies to…

Fishing Eastern Bay out of Kent Island, MD

While battling food poisoning, I was invited to go fishing with a friend on Eastern Bay, south of Kent Island.  Having never fished it before, I (of course) said yes. I met my friend at his house, and we trailered his new Carolina Skiff to the launch on Kent Island.  My goal was to find…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay

I enjoy fishing without other people around.  I think most people do. Because of this, I will happily burn fuel to get far away from the pack, often as not taking me across the bay to the Eastern shore of Maryland.  Sometimes, however, that doesn’t work out.  A few weeks ago, I had that kind…

Bahia Honda State Park – Florida Keys

Last Monday, after my other friends left Key West, I headed to Bahia Honda state park to hunt for bonefish.  This park is a gem – gorgeous sand, great amenities, and generally is not too crowded for fly fishers to hunt the sand and grass flats for hours.  I armed myself with my 8wt and…

Fly Fishing for Tarpon in Key Largo

Last Saturday I fished with guide Duane Baker out of Key Largo for ocean tarpon.  I have wanted to do the ocean-side tarpon fishing thing for a few years, and finally pulled the trigger.  I was very lucky to get Duane – he’s accomplished, a relaxed yet precise coach, and an all around nice guy. …