Potomac River Shad and Gunpowder River Brown Trout

Back from a work trip to Michigan, I set the alarm for a far too early wake-up on Saturday: 4:00AM.  I quickly packed my gear, changed, and drove down 16th Street and into Georgetown, looking for the hidden side road that leads to Fletchers Boathouse.  After missing the exit once, I made it into the…

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 North Branch of the Potomac

At the end of October, I fished the North Branch of the Potomac at Barnum, West Virginia.  Three of us gave it a shot, fishing from sunrise through to early afternoon, and working downstream from the boat launch through multiple shoots, pools, and rapids. We all worked streamers, some big, some small, all heavily weighted. …

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…

Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia

Over the last week, I’ve fished the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay three times:  Out of Machipongo, Virginia, out of Crisfield, Maryland, and out of Solomons, Maryland. Out of Machipongo, I and a friend hoped to target speckled trout and red drum, but with strong southerly winds, we struggled to catch anything other than…

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: Savage River (Lower and Upper)

After striking out on the Gunpowder (0-2 for the year), I received an invite to fish the Savage River in western Maryland with a friend.  With unseasonably warm weather in the 60’s forecast, I hoped to throw big streamers for equally big browns in the Lower Savage, a tail-water river that is entirely catch and…

Fishing Report: Gunpowder River

Having not fished for a few weeks (with my last trip having been to North Carolina over the Christmas break), I was excited to see a couple nice weather weekends come through Maryland.  While the Chesapeake isn’t fishing great currently, and warm-water fisheries are still dormant, trout feed year round in Maryland tail-waters, one of…

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 – 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 – 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 – Gunpowder River Trout

I spent a few hours on the Gunpowder River catch-and-release section this weekend, hunting for wild brown trout.  It was a dual purpose trip:  Do a bit of summer-time dry fly fishing, and teach my sister how to fly fish.  While we didn’t knock it out of the park, we had some hungry fish, and…