It’s a rare treat in life to share great enthusiasm with your kid for many years, especially when you’ve inherited that interest, fishing in our case, from your own parent. So, re-creating a memorable fishing escapade from way back in your youth with your own spawn is an extraordinary kind of parenting and fishing fun.Read More
A couple years ago, my friend and I took a pretty cool extended fly fishing road trip. I bought a 1974 Ford Highboy, a 4 wheel camper top of similar vintage, and we spent the better part of July, trout routing our way home to the East Coast at 60 mph. That journey started in the Shasta Region of Northern California, where we picked up the rig. After royally upending the timeline of our host for this first leg, we spent the evening sipping whiskey in failing light, as wild rainbows happily fed on the surface. We missed fishing this river, and I’ve always wanted to get back.Read More
THE CLEANUP DATE IS CONFIRMED and will take place on 1/26/2019.
It’s recommended that you dress for very cold weather. Due to the shutdown and season, facilities on site are very limited. Bottled water, snacks and a warming station will be provided.
Work Plan for Fletchers Cove Clean Up Day on Saturday January 26th
If you have selected a team assignment and arrival time you are good to go. If you have not selected a team/arrival time or you are a new volunteer sign up here.Read More
Looking back on the year, one constant has been high water. The wading boots haven’t been wet in migratory water since late Sept. Every time it looks like the better waters are coming around, BOOM, the Good Mother has alternative plans. In one sense, its quite awesome to have plenty of water for the fish to do their thing. I remember plenty of years where the tribs were dry, and we were doing the collective rain dance. This constant of blown out rivers, is plain getting old. As an alternative, I’ve been doing a lot more upland hunting. Which has been a delicious and enjoyable distraction.
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