Tidal portion Potomac River - DC, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Tidal portion Potomac River - DC, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Get out and fish! This weather is amazing. Though we have found the bluebird skies have turned some of the tidal bass off. Inland lakes have been phenomenal for sight casting to largies (purple worms). Sight casting should start soon. Client told me about spawning snakehead in the canal around Anglers. Nick Li has been catching some massive fish in the Tidal Basin on conventional gear. Expect more tourists with the holiday approaching.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Tidal portion Potomac River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Fishing conditions: Still early in the shad run. Water needs to warm up a bit. If the shad run is a bell curve we are still at the bottom left. It is just starting and will get better weekly. For daily chatter about this fishery, visit the local FFF club, Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders: www.tpfr.org and click on the 'Forum'.

Inshore temperature: 80 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 32 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: For predatory fish such as stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass, snakeheads, etc. Your fly box should reflect what these fish feed upon. ALL targeted fish in the river feed on smaller fish thus it is necessary to imitate the wide variety of baitfish available in the Tidal Potomac. Typical baitfish are shad fry and smolts, river herring, a variety of minnow species including the kilifish, and a variety of juvenile perch and sunfishes. Baitfish flies from 1" and 4" will cover most baitfish. Mid April - mid May are our best times to fish.

Fish species: Striped-LM-SM Bass, Shad, Carp, Panfish, Gar, Nile Tilapia, Goldfish, Northern Snakehead

Fishing season: January 1 - December 31 (Prime: March 16 - November 5)

Nearest airport: Ronald Reagan National Airport

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Potomac River, Tidal Portion Description

From Great Falls downstream to Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac supports both resident and anadromous species that are susceptible to fly rod techniques. Stripers, Shad, Smallmouth, Largemouth, Carp, Catfish, Gar, Perch, Crappie, Snakeheads and more are all available to the fly rodder, and the fishing is year round! Every type of fly fishing gear and technique can be applied on this watershed, whether fishing ...

Techniques & Tips

You can't go wrong with a Clouser Minnow. I like them about 1" long and 4" long. Smaller hook size than you'd think. Tommy's Clousers at local stores are perfect. Everything in the Potomac system eats other fish. Thus this fly pattern is pretty much all you need.

7-Day Forecast

No major rain in forecast. Stay out late for smallies and largies, target stripers on moving tides at dusk. Its not just a spring and fall fishery! Beer Tie Monday - Crayfish party

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