Tidal portion Potomac River - DC, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Tidal portion Potomac River - DC, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Standard for this time of year: Fish are going to get lethargic with cold water melting and entering streams. Fish downstream of warm water outflows or target cold water species up around Chain Bridge with a sink tip and Clouser as long as the water doesn't rise. We need volunteers for Friends Of Fletchers Cove. Please visit http://www.friendsoffletcherscove.org/ to sign up.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Tidal portion Potomac River is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Fishing conditions: River is still above action stage. More precip and sub-freezing temps this week. The Potomac is not a cold-weather fishery.

Inshore temperature: 35 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

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

Warm temps this week. I'm debating going out today to Four Mile. Little to no measurable precipitation this week. Good week to try for walleye and muskie. February Beer Tie: Killer Bugs & RS2. Special Guest: Chris Wood, President of TU.

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