Fly Fishing and Light Tackle on the ESVA

After having mixed success fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia (ESVA) this year, I and my buddy (a local) gave it another go.  The weather this past weekend was favorable, and so I made the drive from DC with fly rods and spinning rods in tow, as well as a new fly…a secret weapon in…

Alaska Day 2 – Creek Fishing

Waking up on day two in Alaska, I met with guide James and headed out to a local creek to fish for rainbows and dolly vardens.  The weather was great – overcast with a little sun peaking through, and the mountains were visible around us as we made our way to the water. James rigged…

Alaska Day 1 – Kenai River

My sister moved to Alaska for the summer, something she had dreamed about since her days of mail-order wolf adoption as a little girl.  I’ve been dreaming about Alaska too, and with a sibling relocating to the wildest state in the union, I had to go visit, fly rod in tow. I booked three days…

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. …

Eastern Shore of Virginia

In July and early August, I fished the Eastern Shore of Virginia with the hope of finding fly-rod cobia. For the first go-round, I traveled down by car to the Cape Charles area, and headed out with my friend on his boat.  We caught shark after shark while chumming for cobia, eventually changing strategies to…

River Bend State Park, Virginia

A month ago, I took a few hours to hit River Bend State Park.  I’ve fished it on and off over the last two years, and never done well.  As in before, my girlfriend joined me, and we rented a canoe. Flows were high, the water muddy, and the fishing was poor.  It turned into…

Fly Fishing the Shenandoah Valley

After my last trip out to fish the Shenandoah Valley, I was looking forward to getting back again.  I met up with my dad, uncle, and a friend to do three days based out of Luray. The first day, my friend and I fished a little portion of the South Fork of the Shenandoah near…

Fishing Report: Seneca Creek, West Virginia

I spent the last weekend in the Seneca Creek backcountry, fly fishing for native brook trout and rainbow trout.  This area is part of the Monongahela National Forest, an enormous stretch of wild mountains that includes Spruce Knob (West Virginia’s Highest Mountain), Seneca Rocks, and the Dolly Sods Wilderness.  This is some of the most…

Fishing Report: River Bend Park, Virginia

Several weeks back, in the height of summer, I fished River Bend Park in Virginia.  This park borders the Potomac River upstream from Great Falls, and has a walking path that winds along the river.  I brought along the 5 wt, my dog, and girlfriend, and after being turned down for a canoe (they don’t…

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…