Fly Fishing the Middle Chesapeake – Early June

After the successes of May, I honestly expected the fishing to stay solid through the end of June.  Looks like I was wrong. I spent last Wednesday and Thursday fishing the middle Chesapeake, ranging from Sharps Island Light to the mouth of the Honga River.  My friend and I fished back in amongst the islands…

Fly Fishing the Middle Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore

With low winds and pleasant weather forecast, I spent two days fishing this past weekend out of Solomons, MD. I woke up early Saturday, and took my boat out for a solo run.  I fished the shallows around Solomons with a popper as the sun rose, at the tail end of the outgoing tide.  I…

Fishing Eastern Bay out of Kent Island, MD

While battling food poisoning, I was invited to go fishing with a friend on Eastern Bay, south of Kent Island.  Having never fished it before, I (of course) said yes. I met my friend at his house, and we trailered his new Carolina Skiff to the launch on Kent Island.  My goal was to find…

Fishing Report – Middle Chesapeake Bay

Last weekend I fished the Middle Chesapeake Bay, heading out of Solomons searching for breaking fish.  The fall pattern has officially set in, and by the evening, multiple schools of breaking fish lined water from Little Choptank to Solomons.  Most of the fish we found were small, but a few pushed 18-19″.  Fly rods with…

Fishing Report – Eastern Shore of Virginia

Summer on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is what you make of it.  Want to float pin-fish for Tarpon?  Bottom fish for croaker?  Sight cast to cobia and red drum?  It’s all possible, and depending on the conditions, available to the angler with a little knowledge (hopefully of the local variety). I spent Thursday night…

Fishing Report – Middle Chesapeake Bay and Lower Patuxent River

I spent Saturday morning running the Patuxent River and Middle Chesapeake Bay, looking for Striped Bass, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel.  I was joined by my cousin, who is a solid fisherman himself, and just getting into the fly fishing game. We left the dock at 6:30AM, immediately finding a school of breaking young-of-the-year striped bass…

Fishing Report – Patuxent River and Lower Chesapeake Bay

Another weekend in the books fishing the Chesapeake Bay by boat.  Saturday saw myself, a coworker, and his 10 year old fishing the Patuxent River, bottom fishing for croaker and spot near St. Leonard Creek and the mouth of Cuckhold Creek.  Fishing was surprisingly poor compared to past years, with only one caught spot and…

Summer Fly Fishing on the Middle Chesapeake: Open Water

July and August on the Chesapeake bring an interesting mix of species and opportunities for middle-Chesapeake fly fishermen, as well as some challenges.  With the hot weather, most mid-sized game fish (2-5lb striped bass, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel) are in deeper water, following clouds of bay anchovies that dimple the surface like rain drops.  When…

Fishing Report – Middle Chesapeake Bay

It’s July, it’s hot, and the fly fishing and light tackle action has slowed down out of Solomons Island, MD.  There are fish, but you have to be in the right place at the right time (or fishing out of Baltimore Harbor, where it seems a huge slug of striped bass has taken up residence…

Fishing Report – Eastern Shore of Virginia

I spent the past weekend fishing the lower Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, operating out of a tiny creek north of Fisherman’s Island.  The target was cobia on fly, and I had the flies, gear, and strategy to make it happen.  Unfortunately it was not to be, as the winds whipped up out of…

Fishing Report – 10,000 Islands (Part 3)

The third and final day of fishing in the Everglades has come and gone, and while it was windy, and slow, it ended with a bang. The wind forecast was off, and a strong westerly/south-westerly breeze stirred up mud and made running the beaches impossible.  We headed inland, hitting a number of points, coves, and…

Fishing Report – 10,000 Islands (Part 2)

Another day in the books here in the 10,000 Islands.  The wind did not help our cause, but we still managed to catch some fish on fly and spin, and see some of the wildlife this area is known for. With 15 knot winds out of the southwest, the passes into the gulf were lumpy,…