Fly fishing the Little Patuxent River in Maryland

Fly fishing the Little Patuxent River in Maryland

This weekend I took a short drive over to the Little Patuxent River in Maryland. It’s only a 30-minute drive from DC, so it’s a good option for a quick outing to target trout. I’ve fished it twice now and caught at least a dozen small rainbows on each outing. They stocked it in early February, and I can’t imagine that these fish stay in the stream for long. I parked near the trailhead just outside of the historic Savage…

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California Heritage Trout Challenge

California Heritage Trout Challenge

The other day I was browsing the web about fly fishing and came across the California heritage trout challenge.  It’s a unique program developed by the California Department of Fish and Game, and it encourages anglers to seek out different species of trout in the state.   California is an especially lucky state, as it is home to such a wide variety of trout. Participants of the program must catch and document at least 6 different types of trout in order…

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Fishing Morgan Run in Maryland

Fishing Morgan Run in Maryland

I had the day off on October 8th and decided to go fishing at Morgan Run.  Morgan Run is about an hour outside of DC and is managed as a catch and return fishery in select sections of the stream. I started off at the boulders section off Klee Mill Road.  There were quite a few people hiking and wading into the water, but I didn’t see any other fisherman in this section.   I also arrived mid-day, which isn’t…

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An afternoon on the Gunpowder River

An afternoon on the Gunpowder River

I had free time recently and decided to spend an afternoon fishing the Gunpowder River in Maryland.  I’ve fished this river before, but had limited success on my first time out.  I’m happy to say that the fishing was much better on this trip. I started the day at Masemore Road and walked my way up the trail.  I stopped at a few spots along the way, mostly tossing a double nymph rig into spots that looked promising.  Once I…

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LL Bean Pocket Water Reel Review

LL Bean Pocket Water Reel Review

I decided to put together a small stream outfit and recently picked up a LL Bean Pocket water reel.  At $89, it seemed to be a nice option for a low cost small stream reel.  I love the look and feel of a click and pawl reel, and already own an Orvis CFO that I pair with a 4 weight rod. I plan to pair the Pocket Water reel with my 3 weight to make a well balanced small stream…

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A short trip to the Millers river and the Swift

A short trip to the Millers river and the Swift

Last weekend I had a trip back to Boston with extra time to kill before my flight, so I packed my gear and decided to fish a couple of old haunts for a few hours.   It was incredibly rainy nearly all day, but that didn’t stop a few trout from hitting flies.  I had originally hoped with the warm weather that I’d have a chance to fish dries, but the steady downpour was keeping the fish down.  I used…

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Fly Fishing Big Spring Creek,PA

Fly Fishing Big Spring Creek,PA

This weekend I decided to drive up to Big Spring Creek to go fly fishing on one of Pennslyvania’s famous springs creeks.  I read that this stream is expecially known for producing large brook trout, and that was all I needed to hear to put it on my list.  It’s also known as an extremely difficult stream to fly fish, and I’m always up for a challenge.  Big Spring Creek has the combination of crystal clear water and wary trout,…

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Orvis Rod Repair

Orvis Rod Repair

As some of you may remember, I broke the tip section off my Orvis Clearwater 3 weight rod back in 2017.   I wrote a post about it while commemorating one year of blogging.  For some reason, I waited almost another year to send it off to be repaired, and the blog will be celebrating its second birthday this month!  It feels apt to start off the second year with a story of the repaired rod, and hopefully it will set…

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Fly Fishing in Shenandoah National Park

Fly Fishing in Shenandoah National Park

This weekend I decided to go camping and fly fishing in Shenandoah National Park.  I’ve been looking forward to visiting the park since moving to DC, and I love fishing small streams for wild trout.  Growing up in North Carolina, small trout streams remind me of the reason I started fly fishing.  I enjoy spending my free time outdoors and surrounded by natural beauty.  I spend most of my time in a city, and it’s important for me to have…

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Fishing the Gunpowder Falls River in Maryland

Fishing the Gunpowder Falls River in Maryland

Considering all the warm weather we’ve been having, I made time one Saturday in March to go fishing at the Gunpowder Falls River in Maryland.   It’s only about an hour and twenty minute drive from the district, so it’s not too far for me.  This was the first time I’ve been able to spend a few hours here, and it’s a fun spot to fish. There are what I’d consider two separate stretches of water on this river.  The first…

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