Fishing Patuxent River and Middle Chesapeake Bay

I hadn’t fished my home waters since early June, and with the weather looking favorable, I, my dad, and his friend headed out of Solomons MD to hunt for fall striped bass. Maryland and Virginia have had the most rain in recorded history this year, and it showed.  The shallow waters of the Patuxent River…

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 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…

Fishing Report: Middle Chesapeake Bay

The weather was perfect as I left Solomons Saturday morning to head out into the Chesapeake Bay. I was joined by my friends, a pilot from key west and talented spear-fisherman, and another friend who is an expert spin fisherman.  My pilot friend had dropped in as a last minute visit, had only a t-shirt…