When asked how Richard Farino, owner of District Angling, got into fly fishing, he answers, “a local tackle shop” in his native Bronx. What started as fishing in Central Park morphed into studying marine biology and the interest in fly-fishing stuck. Fast forward to December 2017, and Richard opened his own shop out of necessity — not his, but for the area. Farino recognized there were very few fly fishing shops in the area and with his 15+ years of experience in the field, he knew enough about the business to bring a presence back to Arlington.Read More
We write with great sadness about the passing of icon Bernard "Lefty" Kreh.
Lefty, as he's known by everyone on the planet (except for the US Department of the Navy, with whom he served during World War II as a forward observer at the Battle of the Bulge at age 17), was a passionate angler, teacher, and consummate gentleman.
He was a fixture at fishing shows, was a prominent feature on television, and has done more to further the sport of fly fishing than anyone else in recent history.
Learn more about the life of the "unpretentious man with a perpetual smile and quick joke."Read More
The North Branch of the Potomac River has its share of problems despite its beauty and reputation of a good fishing destination only 3 hours from Washington DC.
Learn more about the issues that plague this part of the river.Read More
Well we weren't quite prepared to read that in West Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin has decided that your rights don't matter.Read More
Hancock, MD - Protestors marched through town to oppose a fracked gas pipeline proposal to move product from Pennsylvania to West Virginia by tunneling underneath the C&O Canal and beneath the Potomac River.Read More
The city of Alexandria has decided to continue to allow raw sewage to flow into the Potomac River daily - unbeknownst to local residents, despite the no swimming signs that let the public know that a mixture of raw sewage and storm water washes in during and after rainstorms.Read More
THERE ARE MANY SLIMY and unappealing things in Washington, D.C.—politicians, attorneys, lobbyists—but flyfisher Austin Murphy is interested in just one: the northern snakehead, also known as the Potomac Pike or the fearsome-sounding Frankenfish, named for its seemingly unnatural ability to move on land, live for days out of water breathing air, secrete mucus from its thick skin, and eat just about anything it can fit in its mouth.
“I’m obsessed with them,” Murphy says. It’s true, even his Twitter handle is Snakehead Slayer. Murphy works the weedy, shallow tidal waters of the Potomac River and its tributary creeks, poling a skiff and sight-fishing with an 8- or 9-weight. He compares catching snakeheads on the fly to taking a permit or musky, in terms of difficulty and approach.Read More
Lifetime bans in the commercial striped bass fishery, and banned from all commercial fishing activity for a year, followed by a 4 year probationary period. They must also pay restitution of $498,000 to the state of Maryland.Read More
MADISON COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- For many people, fishing is a relaxing sport, and for hundreds of combat veterans, it can also heal.
On Sunday, veterans and volunteers from across the nation gathered at a farm in Madison County for the 10th Annual 2-Fly Fishing Tournament, which raises money for veteran services.
The tournament is the nonprofit Project Healing Water's biggest event, and it brought out dozens of veterans who may be from different eras, but all share one common bond.Read More
The Shenandoah National Park wildfire continues to grow to 3,000 acres and has shut down 12 trails and Skyline Drive since Saturday April 16th. Officials don't know what caused the fire but think is was likely human-caused.Read More
WAMU Public Radio Reports Dominion paid for Virginia DEQ Director, David Paylor to attend Masters Tournament and paid $1200 bar tab, yet Paylor remains silent on Dominion 27.5 million gallon coal ash waste water dump Director said never happened.Read More
I got a chance to fish with Capt. Alex and friend "Redfish Chuck" Levi while in northern Florida this past December. One of the issues we encountered was dirty water and poor water visibility. We really needed to head downriver to find some clean water. Both Chuck and Alex told me about the cleanliness of the river, of the problems with the dying manatee grass and lack of submerged aquatic vegetation, and how it was affecting the fishery. It was apparent then, and has gotten progressively worse.Read More