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 large striped bass are very hard to locate in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. On average, last week, striped bass range between 12 inches and 22 inches. This is below the normal fall run size large stripers. There are countless numbers of smaller size stripers in the mouth of Eastern Bay to the southwest end of Poplar Island. Hopefully this large stripers will show up this week.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
10 / 15 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Greater Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries is currently Just OK

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

Fishing conditions: The fall pattern has set in. Water temperature inshore below is for this report.

Inshore temperature: 67 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 80 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: Mid-May to Mid-Nov

Nearest airport: Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

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

Small Craft Advisories may be necessary Wednesday through Thursday. It appears that the first good day to fly fish will be Friday.

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