Fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia – September

I don’t fish alone, at least not often. Fishing alone is a purely selfish endeavor.  There is no sharing – not of the hunt, the wind and water, the smells, the fish themselves.  No sharing of disappointments, the cracking of natures’ puzzles, or (if you’re lucky) the joys of success. Fishing with good friends is…

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…

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…