Fishing the ESVA and Great Falls

*Catching up on a bunch of late posts after a busy summer (and before a busy winter).  These trips happened in July. I spent a weekend on the eastern shore of Virginia in July, sight fishing (and bait fishing) for cobia.  Some fish were there, catching one on cut bait in the morning (along with…

Fly Fishing the Shenandoah Valley

*Catching up on a bunch of late posts after a busy summer (and before a busy winter).  These trips occurred in July throughout Shenandoah Valley. With the water too hot for fishing in the Chesapeake, and my boat in the shop, I, my dog, and girlfriend headed into the Jefferson National Forest to camp.  Pleasant…

Nork Fork of the Shenandoah

*Catching up on a bunch of late posts after a busy summer (and before a busy winter).  This trip happened at the end of June. I had never fished the North Fork of the Shenandoah, but reports of high muddy water on the South Fork, along with a sidelined boat (engine troubles, again) had me…

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…

Turneffe Atoll (Part 3) – Tarpon

*Catching up on a bunch of late posts after a busy summer (and before a busy winter).  Enjoy! The main reason I booked a week at Turneffe in late May was for tarpon.  I’m obsessed.  I’ve only landed a few, but hooked, fought, and leadered a 60lb fish in the Everglades that was life altering….

Turneffe Atoll (Part 2) – Bonefish

When I booked a week at Turneffe Flats for the end of May, I did it for one reason:  Variety.  Summer in Belize means spending a full day on the water and having dozens of shots at everything that swims.  Tarpon, permit, and bonefish, all available on most every stage of tide and time of…

Turneffe Atoll (Part 1) – Permit

When I booked a week at Turneffe Flats for the end of May, I did it for one reason:  Variety.  Summer in Belize means spending a full day on the water and having dozens of shots at everything that swims.  Tarpon, permit, and bonefish, all available on most every stage of tide and time of…

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…

Winter Fishing on the Neuse River

Catching up on some late trips (Instagram is much easier than committing to writing a blog post). Back in the middle of March, I and a collection of other Washington DC natives (representing a variety of eco-focused organizations that I’ve been able to connect with over the last year through a mutual friend) traveled down…

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 George Washington National Forest (Dry River)

My first freshwater trip of the year was with my sister, heading to George Washington National Forest (and the Dry River).  With air temperatures hovering around 50 degrees, we fished streamers (small olive woolly buggers), and dry/dropper combinations (foam and a bead-head nymph) and hooked a few brook trout.  The water was clear, cold, and…