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 Belize (Week in Review)

I just got back from a week in Belize.  While it was a spur of the moment trip (a friend had already paid for lodging and the guide service and gave me a last-minute invite), I had the opportunity to chase the big three (tarpon, permit, and bonefish) as well as barracuda and snook. My…

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 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 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…

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…

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…