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 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…

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. …

Fishing Report – Esopus Creek (Catskills)

When a wedding called me away to New York’s Catskill Mountains, I was justifiably excited – these were famous trout waters, home to the Beaverkill and the Delaware.  I fished neither of these, instead fishing Esopus Creek, a trout-filled trickle that becomes a large river within a few mile span.  Esopus flows from the peaks…

Fishing Report – North Branch, Potomac River

In Cumberland, MD for a birthday party (for a 1 year old), I took Sunday morning to go fish the North Branch of the Potomac River at Barnum.  After my previous shot at fishing the river near the paper mill at Bloomington/Luke, I was pumped to try the trophy trout waters farther upstream.  The river…