Fishing conditions: Water is finally clearing. Possible rain early and later this week. Full moon going away so extreme tides should be dissipating. 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: 84 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 cyprinids (minnows).
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
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 8 Lb. Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 8 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Saltwater All-Rounder WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Depth Charge Full Sink Fly Line
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 ...
for Panfish with your 2-weight, Largemouth on you 8-weight, or swinging for Stripers with a 14' two-hander. Open your mind, broaden your horizons, and take advantage of the world class fly fishing we have right here on the Nation's River.
When fishing for Stripers, fish large Clousers and Half and Halfs on sinking lines or long sink tips to get down in the current. Tie on a smaller baitfish dropper. Use only a short level leader on your sinking line - 3' of 0X or 20# fluoro works great. Cast across the main current and mend or dump some slack to let the fly dig in. Let the fly swing through the main current and strip it through the current seam. Vary your retrieve and speed as your two variables for finding feeding fish. Once you have covered an area thoroughly, move down the run a bit and repeat. Two handed rods and Spey Casting Techniques are very effective for covering the water in these areas from shore. Stop by the shop with all of your questions about using Two-Handed Rods in the Tidal Potomac, as we have really dialed in some of the best techniques and tackle requirements to unlock many of the spots you couldn't fish before. Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders is a Federation of Fly Fishers Charter Club with a focus on this fishery. For more information on this group, this fishery, and the fly fishers that call it home, please visit us here and consider joining: www.tpfr.org TPFR now has hats for sale. Our 2016 Beer Tie dates will be up soon. Next one is at Whilows On Wiilson Jan 11. The featured fly will be a simple articulated streamer for stripers.
Lack of rain = clear water. Sight fishing. Outgoing tides will be clearest. Above the falls will have low and clear wet wading. Stay hydrated. Wear a big hat. Always tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back. Worm flies, damsel nymphs, frogs. Clousers too. You can't go wrong with just tossing a Clouser right now. And that goes for every day on the river TPFR August Beer Tie - Dog Day Potomac Flies (Pattern TBD) Tag Us On Instagram TPFR now on Instagram ! @TidalPotomacFlyRodders Orvis Tysons is on Instagram ! @OrvisTysonsCorner Have a great week - Rob Snowhite