Fly Fishing the Hughes River – Shenandoah National Park

Early April came, and I again set off on a solo trip into Shenandoah, brook trout redemption on my mind.  This time I headed to the Old Rag parking lot, donned my waders, and walked the couple miles into the park and up the trail to the Hughes River.  No more goofing around with the…

Fly Fishing the Conway River – March (Shenandoah National Park)

After departing New Bern and the Neuse River after St. Patrick’s Day, we headed into Shenandoah National Park for brook trout redemption.  Humbled by the Neuse, our hope was that the Conway River would yield hungry April trout on dry flies.  As usual with fishing, the conditions looks excellent, but the fishing wasn’t. Between the…

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 Fishing on the Chesapeake – Virginia

As the season wound down, I joined my friend on the Eastern Shore of Virginia to fly fish and jig for striped bass in early December. We fished two days, finding the shallow creeks of the Eastern Shore barren, but finding structure in 40-60 feet of water full of fish.  Saturday saw us in fish…

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…