South Holston River – Tennessee

*Catching up on a bunch of late posts after a busy summer (and before a busy winter).  This trip was back in middle-June. I flew directly from California to Bristol Virginia, invited by a friend to join him, his dad, and uncle on the South Holston.  Among eastern rivers, the South Holston (or Soho) is…

Potomac River Shad and Gunpowder River Brown Trout

Back from a work trip to Michigan, I set the alarm for a far too early wake-up on Saturday: 4:00AM.  I quickly packed my gear, changed, and drove down 16th Street and into Georgetown, looking for the hidden side road that leads to Fletchers Boathouse.  After missing the exit once, I made it into the…

Fly Fishing the Conway River – March (Shenandoah National Park)

After departing New Bern and the Neuse River after St. Patrick’s Day, we headed into Shenandoah National Park for brook trout redemption.  Humbled by the Neuse, our hope was that the Conway River would yield hungry April trout on dry flies.  As usual with fishing, the conditions looks excellent, but the fishing wasn’t. Between the…

Winter Trout Fishing – Gunpowder River and Upper Patuxent River

I’ve made it out for a few hours the last couple weekends, throwing streamers for brown trout on Maryland’s few trout rivers. I enjoyed a mud slog at the upper Patuxent River in the rolling hills of rural Montgomery County with my girlfriend and dog, but the conditions were unfishable.  The rain the previous day…

Fly Fishing Shenandoah National Park – Early May

After coming back from the Bahamas, and with my boat in the shop, I went fishing out in Shenandoah National Park.  We were going to fish the Conway River, which holds a mix of brown and brook trout and runs up the Eastern portion of the mountains. Between the three of us, we caught one…

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…

Summer Morning on the Gunpowder River

The gunpowder is fishing well.  Water levels are low, but the fish are concentrated anywhere the water is knee deep. Fish are eating griffith’s gnats, swung pheasant tail nymphs, and terrestrials.  The gnat did the best for me during my late morning and early afternoon trip, and the fishing got silly good a few times. …

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 – 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 – 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…