Fly Fishing the Hughes River – Shenandoah National Park

Early April came, and I again set off on a solo trip into Shenandoah, brook trout redemption on my mind.  This time I headed to the Old Rag parking lot, donned my waders, and walked the couple miles into the park and up the trail to the Hughes River.  No more goofing around with 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…

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. …

Fishing Report: Seneca Creek, West Virginia

I spent the last weekend in the Seneca Creek backcountry, fly fishing for native brook trout and rainbow trout.  This area is part of the Monongahela National Forest, an enormous stretch of wild mountains that includes Spruce Knob (West Virginia’s Highest Mountain), Seneca Rocks, and the Dolly Sods Wilderness.  This is some of the most…

Trout and Grayling in the UK

I have been fly fishing for a long time, but only recently began fishing for trout. And when a business trip took me overseas this fall, I spent my Halloween fishing the historic Itchen River with local guide Andrew. Andrew had fished and guided all over the UK, and had a particular fondness for Grayling,…