River Conditions

North Branch of the Potomac - Trout

February 12, 2018. River is crazy high at 1,500 CFS. When the river drops, look to fish Clawdads, Crittermites, Kreelex and 6th Men will take some nicer fish subsurface. Fish a double rig with the patterns listed above through pocket water and runs and you will plug some nice fish. Keep your tippet at 1x or 2x to bring larger trout to your net. If you prefer to Nymph, common bead heads will due the trick. You can't go wrogn with Pheasant tails, hares Ears, Mercers Caddis and Copper Johns. 4x should be fine for nymph fishing. If you have rising fish, work a Parachute Adams. Chances are you'll hook up. We have Fall dates available for float trips. Contact us to book.

Potomac River - Smallmouth

February 12, 2018. River is rising above 5 feet. I will be at least a week before levels are fishable. On warmer days where you see a bump in water temperatures you can fish slow and deep with Clawdads, Crittermites and CK Baitfish. All of these patterns can be found on our website. We recommened fishing for Trout this time of year on the North Branch of the Potomac, Mossy Creek or Savage River. For "hibernation" fly tying activities, keep an eye on our Youtube site for fly tying videos and fly tying tips and techniques.

Shenandoah River - Smallmouth

February 1, 2018. Productive fising for smallmouth has dropped off with the colder water termperatures. Musky fishing on the "Doah" is definitely in full mode if you can find sections free of ice. Look for deeper pools to hold nicer musky. 9-10 weight rods with full sink lines are the right setup for throwing larger musky flies. We like Hangtime Optic Minows, Beufords, Musky Kreelex, Musky CK Baitfish, El Chupacabras, Truffle Shuffles and Musky Critter Dogs. Black, Firetiger and White are good colors to stick to. Use wire or 80 lbs mono for your bite tippet.

Upper Potomac - Smallmouth

February 1, 2018. Water temperatures have dropped and smallmouth are now in "wintering" holes. Iced up in most locations. We need a good mild spell to get the river fishing again. When that happens, look to fish slow and deep with Clawdads, Crittermites and CK Baitfish. All of these patterns can be found on our website. We recommened fishing for Trout this time of year on the North Branch of the Potomac, Mossy Creek or Savage River. For "hibernation" fly tying activities, keep an eye on our Youtube site for fly tying videos and fly tying tips and techniques.

All of these patterns can be found on our website.

Mossy Creek - Trout

February 1, 2018. Throw meat. Kreelex, Sex Dungeons, Zoo Cougars and CK Baitfish will get takes from sizeable fish. Fish 2x or 1x for your tippet. Any deeper pockets or undercut banks are key holding areas for large and more dominant predatory fish. Fish these streamer patterns aggressively with strips or jerks of the rod in order to trigger strikes from larger trout. All of the flies mentioned above are available on our catalog. 

Savage River - Trout

February 1, 2017. Savage River is fishing fair recently. Some BWO's and Midges are coming off Mid day. RS2's and Parachute Adams in #16-#18 are good bets being fished on light tippet. Nymphing deeper pockets and runs will bring some larger fish to hand. Black and Brown Stoneflies #10-#16, Copper Johns in #16, Mercers Caddis in #16, Hare Ears in #14-#18 and Pheasant Tails in #14-#18 will work well.