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 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: Middle Chesapeake Bay

I enjoy fishing without other people around.  I think most people do. Because of this, I will happily burn fuel to get far away from the pack, often as not taking me across the bay to the Eastern shore of Maryland.  Sometimes, however, that doesn’t work out.  A few weeks ago, I had that kind…

Fishing Report: Patuxent River

Water temperatures are still high in the Chesapeake and its tributaries (63-65 degrees), and the fish are behaving much as they would in early October.  Breaking fish are available everywhere you go, with calm weather days the best for spotting and catching these fish.   I took part of my Saturday to give it a shot…

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…

Fishing Report: Indian River Inlet and Burton Island, Delaware

I spent two weekends ago in Bethany Beach, Delaware, with friends.  Great fun, but having been vacationing in the area for years, I was excited to climb on the jetty and throw my 10wt for big bluefish in the mornings.  I brought all of the needed gear, but forgot my korkers (studded boots for climbing…

Fishing Report: River Bend Park, Virginia

Several weeks back, in the height of summer, I fished River Bend Park in Virginia.  This park borders the Potomac River upstream from Great Falls, and has a walking path that winds along the river.  I brought along the 5 wt, my dog, and girlfriend, and after being turned down for a canoe (they don’t…