NCC-TU Guide to Getting Started Fly fishing in the DC Metro Area
After 25 years or surviving the bustling DC metro area I am finally returning home to Central Pennsylvania. I am very grateful to the folks of NCC-TU and Project Healing Waters who have helped keep my lines tight and my face smiling.
Here is a little guide to get you started in this area. It includes a link to a google map of my favorite spots to fish in the DC metro area. Enjoy and if you every visit Central Pennsylvania looking for Brookies. Please stay off my stream or I will shoot at you with my grandfather's shot gun which I keep loaded with rock salt.
We just returned from Lake Miminiska on Albany River Adventures. When Tom Doolittle of Charlotte, NC saw the posting for these trips he didn't hesitate and booked the Grand Slam for the last week of May; prime time for trophy brookies. I knew this would be a good trip but I had no idea that the numbers would be so high and the fish so huge. Our smallest fish was a puny 19" inches with a 23" lunker and this 21" football in the mix. You know it is something special when you line up an 8 weight for brook trout and still feel a little under-gunned. Read all about Tom's dream adventure here or just visit the photo gallery to see the results. You can book trips just like Tom's; just click Albany River Adventures to learn more.
A Good Spring!
The spring rains have provided us with either great fishing or blown out conditions. After the terrible droughts of the past years, it is hard to complain. A few noteable events from the Spring. I took my friend RC to a very cool spot in the Shenandoah a few weeks back. A couple of weeks later RC invited his cousin Rob down from NY to try his hand at Southern Natives and he scored big by catching a 13" fish out of my favorite spot; a cool slot canyon way up in the SNP. Despite Rob's extensive fly fishing experience, this was his first brook ever. His casting skills were the ticket to getting his two weight to the back wall of the canyon where the fish was hanging just below a waterfall.
Here is an entertaining clip. No he isn't a midget. Just someone who got an early start.
If you have any questions, comments or ideas you can write us at : email@example.com. We look forward to fishing with you in 2008.
Mark Snyder, Webcaster
A frigid trip to chase away the winter blues in Erie, PA.
Notes from a dream trip to Lake Miminiska with the folks from Wilderness North.
How to make line/leader/backing connections with the Gray's Loop
An online rod building project.
A look at topographic maps and using them to find native brook trout.
Take a look at this easy to see, versatile Wulff variation. My current favorite for chasing natives on small mountain streams.
A little wooly bugger for little mountain streams. Great early spring fly and very easy to tie.