Greater Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries, Maryland Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Capt. Tom Hughes
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Greater Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries, Maryland Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The Maryland Sector of the Chesapeake Bay has plenty of striped bass in the 16 to 18 inch class schoolies available. The striped bass had lock jaw once the cold front arrived on Friday night until Sunday. Then they became active and Sunday the fly, as usual, caught more stripers than on light tackle. This pattern should stay around throughout the Summer.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 9 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Greater Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Captain Tom Hughes
Captain Russ Wilkinson

Fishing conditions: Summer type weather is setting in and once it stabilizes fishing becomes more productive.

Inshore temperature: 78 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 68 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: On the Chesapeake Bay; Menhaden, shad, herring, silver sides, perch, spot, eels, and crabs

Fish species: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, White Perch

Fishing season: April through December

Nearest airport: Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

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Chesapeake Bay Description

From April 1st until May 3rd the Susquehanna Flats, headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, is an excellent location to catch that once in a lifetime striped bass in skinny water. A 9 or 10 weight rod is the best choice here, with a large arbor reel attached. This outfit allows you to cast large flies on topwater, or if they’re deep, a 5 inch half and half sinking clouser.

From May 4th until May ...

Techniques & Tips

Floating Line: Popping the Fly: Cast the fly out as far as possible. Move the rod tip down in sync with the floating fly just prior to it resting on the water. Start stripping immediately, in one to two foot increments, swiftly, when the fly hits the water. Do this 5 or 6 times, pause for a half of second and then start the cadence again. Do this until the fly is back at the boat. Sinking Line: Use a 4' - 20# test fluorocarbon leader with this sinking line. Moving the Fly with Short & Swift Strips - Cast the fly out and countdown to the desired depth. Normally this is one-foot per second with weighted flies and sinking line. This depth is determined by looking at your fishfinder while drifting over the stripers. Keep the fly in line with of just above your target. Start stripping the fly swiftly, with the rod tip just above the water, pointing directly at the fly, in one-foot increments. Do this until the fly is back at the boat. . NOTE: During the drift, since there is current, keep the rod tip just above the water and move it horizontally to keep it pointed directly at the fly. Doing this keeps all the slack out of the line something needed to get a good hook set.

7-Day Forecast

The next 7 days looks good for fly-fishing. The striped bass are finally in their summer pattern and they and will give you a good fight on a fly rod from 6 to 9 weight. There are also some stingrays in the Chesapeake Bay with up to a 30" wing span. If you have never caught one on a fly rod and you hook one you are in for the fight of a lifetime.

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