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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.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

217 | Fly Fishing Guide Life In Montana With John McKinnie

Rob catches up with John McKinnie of McKinnie Fly Fishing Outfitters of Montana. Rob and John fished together a few years ago during the spring Potomac shad run. John learned about fly fishing on an eastern tidal river. Now its his turn to talk about where he lives and fishes. They discuss local food, water levels, driving time to local rivers, getting out in the wilderness, and a mischievous elk met on the river.

Produced by Freestone Productions

New Podcats Episode!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

216 | Christmas Island With Jonathan Kiley Of Fly Skinz

Episode 216

Jonathan Kiley (Fly Skinz) recently returned from a trip to Christmas Island. Rob got called Jonathan almost as soon as he returned home. In this adrenaline filled episode we learn all about fly fishing for bonefish, trigger fish, and giant trevally. Jonathan discusses how and what he prepared for his journey which had a 50lb weight limit to his luggage. And yes, that is the real name for a tropical bird.

Produced by Freestone Productions

New Podcats Episode!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

215 | Greg Liu | Salmon River NY Steelhead Guide

Rob met up with Salmon River steelhead guide Greg Liu on his recent trip to New York. Greg has guided clients for steelhead for several decades. In this episode we learn about salmon eggs at different stages, how to fish water at different levels, when to be on the move for fish vs. staying in one spot all day. Greg has years of experience under his wader belt and these are just a few of his words of wisdom.

Produced By Freestone Media

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New Podcats Episode!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

214 | Salmon River New York Steelhead 2018

Rob hosted a group of friends on the Salmon River of New York in November 2018. Listen as they search for lake run fish up and down the river. Rob discusses the methods and techniques used to catch steelhead, camaraderie, fly tying, reading water, and how to boost your spirits with a really good shore lunch. Please visit Rob's Youtube site for the accompanying video.

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Produced by Jason Reif

New Podcats Episode!

Monday, November 5, 2018

213 | John Montana Carp

Rob interviews John Montana Carp. They discuss the development of the Hybrid Carp Fly, how to choose the best fly for your local carp, how to stealthily approach these wary fish, sight casting to sturgeon, and lots more.

Produced by Freestone Media

Sponsored by Speedwell Law

New Podcats Episode!

Monday, October 22, 2018

212 | Pumpkin Spice Fishing | Fall Turnover In D.C.

Episode 212. Rob talks about the changing season after a rainy summer. The sights and smells of autumn, tactics for targeting different species, preparing for fall steelhed, and more.

Produced by Freestone Media.

New Podcats Episode!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Prepping To Guide After Month Off From Rains

Got a MacBook and I can now type from the couch. More blogging to come hopefully.

We've had a seriously messed up year with rain and floods. I have not worked since August. Today is the 5th of October. I have clients lined up all of the long holiday weekend. I had a lot to get ready and waited until today to do so. Just so happens that my kid is home with Strep throat and wanted to be waited on all day.

This is a list of what I had to do to prep for a long weekend.

First up was cleaning and organizing flies in three boxes in my day pack. Tossing out melted worms or cutting off material to re-use hook, putting flies back in the right spot, cutting off tippet and dropper knots. Most of this was done on the kitchen counter. Don't tell.

I tied a dozen purple wormies, dozen HNIC, half a dozen Clousers, and fixed up some poppers. The flies then had to be organized back into the three boxes.

I prepped three five weights, two six weights, and one eight weight. One six weight was hiding in the laundry room. I tore apart my car, boat, office, laundry room, and garage looking for an eight weight. After half an hour or so I realized it was in the shop being repaired after it came apart in Cape Cod. I received a call today from Orvis Tysons that my rod had arrived today. I feel like I was a dog chasing its tail. Switch rod packed for two-handed casting in afternoon.

Tippets were cut off and replaced, new leaders tied from scratch. Flies tied to tippets.

Fly Line
An eight weight reel needed new line. I nail knotted a loop on the backing end and on the end. Its from the bulk of spare lines I have in my closet. Some from pre-welded loop technology. The line then had to be spooled up. Sink tips prepared for Sunday and Monday's clients.

I picked up an eyeglass repair kit at CVS today. Repaired a pair of polarized glasses. Put them and kit in bag. Cleaned out old tippet, broken worm pieces, wrappers, and a used bandage. Fly boxes, tippet spool box, and a box of Triscuits were packed. Bag in boat.

Boat was cleaned with leaf blower and shop vac. Battery charged. Wiring checked as I may be riding home in the dark tomorrow.

I started wearing a fanny pack while gardening this summer so my phone is clean and doesn't get crushed. I put my bluetooth head phones in the pack so I can listen while I ride around the airport tomorrow. I'll keep my phone in the bag tomorrow too. The pack was a prop from our tourist costumes from last halloween.

Water bottles filled with ice and water. Cooler jug dug out for extra water.

Friday, September 21, 2018

211 | Sam Looper Visits Fairfax

Sam Looper is talented fly tier using multiple techniques to create world class flies for big fish. He was in town recently and dropped in for dinner and to tie some flies. We recorded live during his tying session. In this episode you will learn some of Sam's tying tips for poppers, his favorite brand of tying scissors, and how to use an airbrush system with Copic pens.

Produced by Jason Reif

Sam says this podcast is brought to you by Dry Fly Distilling.

New Podcats Episode!

Friday, August 31, 2018

210 | Fly Fishing Cape Cod Part 2

The second in a two-part series on fly fishing Cape Cod. Rob begins to understand how the physical geography of the Cape dictates water temperatures, winds, currents, and where the fish feed. A visit to the Goose Humomck, amazing potato salad, and a bass pond in Upstate New York.

New Podcats Episode!

Monday, August 27, 2018

209 | Fly Fishing Cape Cod Part 1

Rob's family visited Cape Cod, Massachusetts this summer for his mother in law's 7oth birthday. This is part one of a two part travelogue documenting Rob's first time fishing the Cape and in doing he discovers there is a major learning curve to finding fish. We start at Bear's Den fly shop.

New Podcats Episode!

Monday, August 6, 2018

208 | Fly Fishing Cape Cod 101 With Anthony Lombardo of Bear's Den

Rob wanted to learn more about fly fishing up on Cape Cod where his family is vacationing this summer. Rob interviews Anthony Lombardo of Bear's Den Fly Fishing Co. In this episode we learn about the Cape's location, what to bring, seasonality of bait, local patterns and so much more. Be sure to follow Anthony on Instagram.

Produced by Freestone Media.

Bears Den

New Podcats Episode!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

207 | Urban Fishing In The Buckeye State Over July 4 Holiday Week

The Snowhite's annual visit to Columbus, Ohio for the Independence Day week festivities. A road trip full of new fishing spots, bulgogi tacos, rain, craft beer discoveries, and a major lack of bourbon choices and new pants.

Produced by Freestone Media

New Podcats Episode!

Monday, July 16, 2018

206 | Fly Fishing Virginia's Marsh To Mountains In A Day With Chris Siess

Rob interviews Capt. Chris Siess about his passion for all things fly fishing, tying, and traveling. In a single day Chris can take clients out for redfish, smallmouth bass, and brook char. Chris chooses his super power to make him a better angler and shares his recipe for a post fishing sandwich!

Knot The Reel World

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New Podcats Episode!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

205 | Drew Chicone - Fly Tier, Author, & Much More

Episode 205. Rob interviews Florida's Drew Chicone. We learn how to organize a fly tying room, what happens when you collide your SUP with a snook, fly tying hacks, protection from the sun and all about E6000. Please visit his site and purchase his books!

Salty Fly Tying

Sponsored by Filison

Produced By Freestone Media


New Podcats Episode!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

204 | How Fish Hear + Fly Fishing Muddy Water

Episode 204. The DC Metro area has had a LOT of rain this year. Fishing has not been easy with constant floods. In this episode Rob breaks down the science behind how fish hear and how to adjust your fishing techniques to pursue fish in muddy water.

New Podcats Episode!

Monday, June 11, 2018

203 | Tony Friedrich | The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

Episode 203. Rob interviews Tony Friedrich. You may know Tony as the founder of Lefty Kreh's Tie Fest. Tony discusses the health of the east coast fishery with regards to The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. We learn about the history of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, how to pull off the perfect heist, and the problems with harvesting menhaden.

Produced by Freestone Media.

New Podcats Episode!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

202 | Alex Binsted - Fishing Washington DC's Fletcher's Cove

This episode features Alex Binsted of Fletcher's Cove. Alex was born and raised within walking distance of the Potomac River in Washington, DC. Much of his youth was spent fishing at Fletcher’s Boathouse. When he’s not fishing he works as a manager at Fletcher’s Boathouse. This is an episode for all types of anglers. 

Binsted Lures

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Brought to you by Filson


New Podcats Episode!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Potomac River Shad Grip & Grins

 It was a tough spring. Lots of high water and days at home instead of on the water. Here are some of the fish we picked up. The shadness madness of rod bending hickory shad fishing never materialized. We are now recovering from a week of heavy rain and thus the shad fishing season is over for us.

These images follow the 2018 Shad Fishing Report podcast. 

Hickory Shad




Bait Busting Largemouth


Black Crappie

Matching the hatch

Crucian Carp


White perch

Banded kilifish | white perch vomit

Channel catfish

American Shad


Look at the mouth of a filter feeding American shad

Striped Bass

Don't drop fish on your toe when their dorsal spine is up

This was the snakehead with a tag.

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