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
Less rain this week. Cooler temps ahead this weekend. Maybe the fish will be looking up? Try poppers and sliders in the shade. Fish are tired of the heat too. If you were a fish where would you seek refuge from the heat and sun? Fish the moving tides at low light where water is concentrated through a creek mouth, tunnel, obstruction, etc.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Tidal portion Potomac River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Fishing conditions: Its the hardest time of the year to fish. Water is low and hot and full of weeds. I could see the weed mats from far away driving over the Occoquan this afternoon.

Inshore temperature: 66 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 84 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

Person Fishing in a stream

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

Big head floating lines for remainder of summer. Fish the shade, structure, moving water. Always fish a dropper fly behind your main fly. Double your chances of catching fish, double hook up etc. You will get more tangles and use more tippet but its worth it. 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

Scattered storms. Water should stay the same level.

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