Category Archives: Potomac

A not so small smallie

Steve and I hit the potomac today. It is my first day back on a river since May 14th…and it was very nice to be back. The fish weren’t exactly hopping all over the flies but it was a good time. Oh and Steve caught a beast. Biggest smallmouth I have seen in person. Best part was it took a crease fly on top.



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K-12 schoolies + some rises

Parker and I ended up hitting the potomac today after a brief stop in the canal. The canal ended up with one missed carp and a lot of good carp footage. The potomac proved to be more productive. Countless stripers and even more perch (not stoked), hickory shad, a mystery shad, largemouth bass, and several snakehead sightings.

Stripers ranged from as small as a couple inches to a few who came close to maybe 18 inches. I was really impressed with the dedication I saw at the river. On the Virginia side, I actually saw some repel down a ledge with nets (no rods) to fish. Very impressed.

Here are a couple screenshots and images from the day.

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Parker eats carp for lunch

I don’t even know where to start with this. A full days work comes with at max one hour of a lunch break. While I was being a scrub and eating chiptole for lunch, Parker was on his bike headed over to the C&O canal.

In one hour he was able to:
– Bike nearly past Georgetown from the downtown area
– Find a carp
– Feed a carp a mulberry fly he tied last night
– Land the carp with the help of a random jogger passing by. She held the rod and Parker nets the fish (yes, only a boss would bring a net to his office)
– Get a photo of the carp and release it
– Bike a few miles back to work
– Get cleaned up and back on the office grind

I was impressed to say the least when he let me know he got one. Check out the photos below. They are priceless.

Oh and the mulberry fly….all of the materials were bought from CVS. He whipped it up last night and didnt have time to run and get real materials. The foam and stem is a foot cushion. A coat hanger was used to give it a little weight.

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The Delta Trout Force

Check out this spread that Parker and his buddy Danny have in Catch Magazine. Prior to living here, he went to school out in Denver and apparently lived the good life fishing for trout. While you are at it, make sure to check out DTF’s website for some quality fish pron.

Parker has been sending me texts of monster carp munching on mulberrys that he has come across during his lunch break at work. Seeing as his office is only two blocks away, I might have to try out the fly below sometime soon. I know its not pretty but hopefully they will eat it just for the effort.

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Cow tipping

Lauren and I went out of fletchers on Sunday. I had the hopes and dreams of getting into some schoolie stripers on fly. I didn’t exactly row all the way up to Chain Bridge but I came close. And the schoolies? I guess I got them. Maybe preschoolers if that….

Besides the stripers, we found ourselves a couple hickory shad and a catfish. We didn’t exactly hammer them but hey fishing is fun none the less. Oh and we didnt catch a touring kayaker! That alone is worth bragging about given how many of them were paddling around.

By the way, take a look at some of the Virginia Beach kayak fishing sites for some serious reds.

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Hackleheads 1

Threw together a short clip from the past year. It includes footage from Goodnews, Belize, and DC. Will try to do more of these in the future. The first 2 sections were filmed on a gopro (and not very well) and the last is with a Canon t2i. Enjoy!

Hackleheads 1 from Charlie on Vimeo.

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Shad on top + Reds!

Threw together a quick little clip of some footage from the other day.

Shad on top from Charlie on Vimeo.

and heres a link to it on youtube if you prefer that.

Rob Choi as usual is catching more behemoths in the Hampton Roads area. Make sure to check out his latest post on his blog to see the red drum he just caught.

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Pro at missing fish

Heres a video from the other day at fletchers boathouse. It has been real good there the past couple weeks with fish eating just about every color of shad dart you can place in front of them at times. I have probably an hours worth of footage or more that I am going to edit down into a short clip soon but for now check this out. And no, I don’t always fish in socks.

Shad 1 from Charlie on Vimeo.

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