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…

Cobia Fly Design: Hook Shape

Here’s a scenario:  You lay a beautiful cast in front of a cruising fish (snook, striper, cobia – the species doesn’t particularly matter).  Your fly lands in front of the fish, and as you strip once, then twice, the fish lights up and engulfs your fly.  You strip-strike (the sure fire way to sink a…

Redington Behemoth Fly Reel

After seeing a few demo videos and doing a little research, I was able to get my hands on Redington’s new fly reel, the Behemoth.  It’s a really unusual offering in the big-game fly reel market, with looks straight from a science-fiction movie, and a price point (around ~$100) far below similar reels.  How? This reel is die-cast – something that…

Chesapeake Cobia and Fly Design: What fly pattern works best?

I did not have a good year sight casting for cobia.  Over four days in July and August, I hunted these fish, armed with my 10 weight and a number of hand-tied flies.  I found small fish (24″-30″) on two of those days, and in those cases, I either could not get sighted fish to eat,…

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: Middle Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River

Last Saturday, I headed out with a friend to fish the Patuxent River one final time before pulling my boat for the year.  We were fortunate to have low winds and calm waters, and we quickly found large schools of juvenile striped bass at the mouth of the river and out into the bay.  Terns,…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River

Thanksgiving Weekend has usually represented the last and best fishing of the year in the Patuxent River and Middle Chesapeake Bay for striped bass.  And although temperatures have been higher this year, the cold front that blew through last Saturday dropped temperatures to their normal fall levels. Thanksgiving night, I took what may be my…

Fishing Report: Tangier Sound Striped Bass

Back in Maryland, it was time for the annual pilgrimage to Crisfield, MD to fish with guide Kevin Josenhans.  Kevin is the first fishing guide I ever hired, and still one of the best 15 years later.  November is peak-time to fish these islands near Crisfield, and I was excited to throw flies at 3-5 pound striped…

Fishing Report: Fly Fishing for Mako Sharks in San Diego

Fly fishing for mako sharks is bananas:  The sharks are fast (45 mph for a top speed), large (50 to 300lb regularly), and they jump multiple times when hooked.   As a former elementary school shark nerd, it’s something I’ve wanted to try for a long time.  And when I was in San Diego with friends two weeks…

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…

Fishing Report: Patuxent River

Late report here. A few weeks back, I and a friend set out of Solomons MD to chase striped bass on the fly and light tackle.  We found a massive school of dink (10″-14″) stripers spread out across  the river entrance.  Fishing large jigs and flies for a few drifts didn’t provide any action, but…