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This blog is about my life as a fly fisherman, guide, and fly fishing instructor in and around Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

S01E84 Life History Of The Smallmouth Bass


These are my consolidated notes on the smallmouth bass that I feel are pertinent to the angler. Lots of info here, which turns into a why you should not purposely target male smallies while they are spawning and nesting.

 

Look for rocks in the water.


New Podcats Episode!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2016 Potomac Shad Run So Far

The 2016 shad run has been amazing so far. Loads of hickory shad in the river. Our first striped bass and white perch were caught yesterday. If you are having trouble finding and hooking the shad you are probably not fishing the right location (reading water) and are not stripping fast enough. Here is a quick video from yesterday.






River Herring in inside the cove

On the boat above Chain Bridge. Note the stripping guard on my finger.

Hickory after hickory after hickory


Per my last post on safe handling of shad, a new technique of holding them upside down. It seems to stop them from moving most of the time

Jason Reif aka Producer Jason with a big hickory

These fish are light up in the sun and are mirror like






Clients hooking fish after fish


His first time with a fly rod. Roll casting 40' to the high tide seams. Kid did good, real good.


Two fish at once. Shad Nunchuk




Stripers on the fly. Snowhite Damsel

9 our of 10 of these are caught on the Snowhite Damsel



White perch

Did this one gt hit by a cormorant?

Perch Nunchuk

So I told this guy he cant use a dip net for anything down here except gizzard shad. He had industrial sized soy sauce bucket. This stuff was headed to a restaurant. I told him that meant the herring in the creek. I told him it was illegal. So he ignores me and heads to the creek and proceeds to dip net fish and put them in his bucket. I call the US Park Police. As they probably won't show up I take it upon myself to go over to his buckets, I reminded him of what he was doing was illegal, and tell him to pound sand, and dumped his fish back in the river. He didn't like that.




I've got a pic of a guy that landed a cormorant. He was reeling in his lure and hooked it underwater. Never seen such a thing. Then Jason and I drive the boat back down river and as we near Georgetown I see a naked guy on his knees from behind. I think someone was with him.....We took the boat up Rock Creek which was full of herring, shad, and  perch. The stench of open sewer made us turn around and get out of there. These pics and more later.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

S0183 2016 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival


Inside the 2016 Fly Fishing & Wine Festival. There is a 27 minute audio of me tying flies with instruction (Reaper and Gutless Frog). You may want to skip that thus I'm giving you a heads up if you listen and want to skip ahead. Its 27 min long.

Shout out to Sam Looper for  his Masseuse assistant.


New Podcats Episode!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spring Break in Western NC Pics

There is a podcast to accompany this. The sound isn't great as I lost my recorder while fishing. It had all sorts of fun and interesting stuff. I purchased a new recorder to re tel the story. However, the new recorder didn't have a USB port to upload. I purchased another new recorder and used an AUX cable to transfer the audio.

Here are the pics uploaded out of order thanks to Picasa.






Is this supposed to be funny? If so I don't get it

Rockys Hot Chicken, first stop

Hot


Ashville Orvis Fly Selection


TPFR Mile's spoon fly







I see this and decide to go to the show that night

Always look at toy stores and drug stores when travellling


Hunter Banks shop

Gutless frog material



Schmungleland


Emerging cranefly


Cold, clear water. Lots of overhanging. Small stream fishing




A wild brown.




Hunter Banks put the fly tying materials in a bag. Last time this happened the wife threw it all out thinking it was trash


F3T





Raffle Items

Crooked Creek Holler




Best Burger In A Long Time





Foam and Fabric? I wanted to go in

Fly tying materials not at a fly shop....



We didn't get here due to a sick kid on vacation

This was during the road lane blockage during a funeral procession. One driver decided no one cold pass the funeral for 20 miles of two lane road. We went 50mph in 70mph and this added to our 11.5 hour drive home

Along 95 near Fredericksburg

This is the new bass worm



Emerging Cranefly























































 
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