Fly Fishing the Farmington River in April

Fly Fishing the Farmington River in April

It’s Saturday again, and here I am standing at the edge of the Farmington River.  It’s April 25th and another beautiful day out.  This April has been unique in a lot of ways.  We talk about COVID-19 much in the same way we used to talk about the weather.  And speaking of the weather, we’ve had some strange days as well.  One weekend I awoke to snow, only to see it evaporated in time for lunch. When I arrived at…

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Farmington River Fishing Report

Farmington River Fishing Report

What a weird world we’re living in.  No one could have imagined the changes that would be taking place in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic.  I consider myself one of the lucky ones.  I have the option to travel safely to a quiet stream and listen to the carefree sound of birds and moving water.  When I look at the fish, waterfowl, and all the other wildlife I see, the world hasn’t changed for them.  Life goes on. Although not…

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Fly Fishing the Raritan River: The Ken Lockwood Gorge Area

Fly Fishing the Raritan River: The Ken Lockwood Gorge Area

It’s been a while since my last post, and I’m sorry to say that I haven’t been fishing as much as I’d like. My wife and I recently moved to New York, and settling into everyday life has left me with less free time. I’m hoping to change that as we move into the Spring, and wanted to kick things off with a report on my first trip; fishing the Raritan River in New Jersey. As I’ve learned, New Jersey…

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Lost a Fly Box at the Gunpowder? I found one

Lost a Fly Box at the Gunpowder? I found one

I fished the Gunpowder River this week and found a fly box along a trail. I didn’t see any other anglers on the path or in the water, so I assume they must have left the river. If you happened to lose your fly box or know the person who did, email me at: hello@troutandfly.com. Please include the appearance/brand of the fly box so that I can verify and get it back to you! The fishing this week was fairly…

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Morgan Run Fishing Update

Morgan Run Fishing Update

This week I took another trip to Morgan Run.  The fishing was good and the trout seem to be spread out evenly in the Klee Mill area. The flows were at a good level and the water remained clear despite the rain we’ve had lately.  I caught a number of trout above and down below the bridge, and nymphing was the name of the game! I used a dark stonefly pattern in size 16 with a rainbow warrior inspired dropper…

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Dry fly fishing at the Gunpowder River…Again

Dry fly fishing at the Gunpowder River…Again

This past weekend I took another trip to the Gunpowder with my wife.  Given all the surface activity I saw last time, I thought it’d be a great opportunity for both of us to fish dry flies.   When we arrived, the fish were rising steadily.  It’s rare that I see the fish rising to the extent that they were this past Saturday before the rain came down. We fished a Sulphur comparadun fly in size 18 all afternoon.  I normally…

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Spring Fly Fishing on the Gunpowder River, Maryland

Spring Fly Fishing on the Gunpowder River, Maryland

Spring is here in the Mid-Atlantic. We’ve had a full week of sunshine with temperatures reaching almost 80 degrees on a handful of days. The trout stockings of early Spring have been in full swing, and I’ve spent most of my fishing days chasing these trout in February and March. One of the last weekends in March, I fished the Morgan Run boulders area off Klee Mill Road, and caught several brown trout on nymphs. The highlight of that trip…

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Spring Fly Fishing in Maryland

Spring Fly Fishing in Maryland

The weather has finally started improving so I decided to take advantage of one of our warm April days in the DC area. The temperatures were approaching 70 degrees when I arrived at a local Maryland stream. I’ve always stayed away from streamer fishing, but lately, I’ve decided to work on my presentation. I wondered if my lack of interest is a result of my lack of streamer skills, or if I truly don’t like fishing those flies. I’d say…

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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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