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…

Fly Fishing the Eastern Shore of Virginia – June

After more than half a year, I joined my friend down on the ESVA, with fingers crossed for cobia and big houndfish on fly.  As usual, things did not work out exactly as hoped, but plenty of fun was had. Day 1 saw light morning winds and an outgoing tide at the creek we were…

Fly Fishing Shenandoah National Park – Early May

After coming back from the Bahamas, and with my boat in the shop, I went fishing out in Shenandoah National Park.  We were going to fish the Conway River, which holds a mix of brown and brook trout and runs up the Eastern portion of the mountains. Between the three of us, we caught one…

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…

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…

Chesapeake Cobia and Fly Design: What fly pattern works best?

I did not have a good year sight casting for cobia.  Over four days in July and August, I hunted these fish, armed with my 10 weight and a number of hand-tied flies.  I found small fish (24″-30″) on two of those days, and in those cases, I either could not get sighted fish to eat,…

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 – 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 – 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 – CBBT and Eastern Shore Barrier Islands

I spent last Thursday fishing around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) and the barrier islands of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  The target:  Jumbo sized striped bass and red drum.  And despite the massive fish in the cover photo (caught light tackle jigging a few years ago), we did not have any success. The water temperature…

Conservation Watch – Cobia

It seems the last few years have been hard on Cobia along the Eastern US.  In 2015 alone, recreational catches were more than double the allotted tonnage (for a total of 1,540,000 pounds!). The fish have become more popular, and in some areas, they are the premier inshore species (Virginia and North Carolina for example). …