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
There are now some striped bass under blitzing birds in the Patapsco River, from North Point north of Ft. McHenry Point. They are mixed in size from 12" to 16" average with a few in the 20" range being caught. They can be caught while fly-fishing using the flies listed. Make sure your Fish Finder is working so you will know when you're on fish. I recommend using sinking line with 3" clouser flies. See the section Techniques & Tips on the left under SINKING LINE TECHNIQUE. Reds and some cobia have shown up in the Lower Bay around Point Lookout. Please read the section, 7-Day Forecast to the left.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
8 / 3 / 2020
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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: Fishing will not be available after the Tropical Storm ISAIAS comes up the Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday. It will be dangerous on the water until it clears on late Wednesday. Things should turn to normal hopefully around Saturday or Sunday. Stay Safe.

Inshore temperature: 85 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 81 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

Person Fishing in a stream

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

SINKING LINE TECHNIQUE--Cast the fly and count it down to either the bottom. With the rod tip just above the water and pointing at the fly start stripping the line swiftly in 1-foot increments. Strip-set the fish and once hooked the rod should not move higher than 30 degrees to the horizon.....EQUIPMENT--9w fly rod with a large arbor reel spooled with 350 grain Depth Charge sinking line. Attach a 4-foot piece of ORVIS Mirage 20-pound test tippet material.....PRODUCTIVE FLIES WITH SINKING LINE--Half & Half, 2/0 hook, 4 1/2" long any color combination will work. Clouser Minnows, 2/0 hook, 4 inches long in Red/White, Yellow, or Chartreuse/White..........FLOATING LINE TECHNIQUE--Use the same technique shown above except on topwater.....EQUIPMENT--9w fly rod with a large arbor reel spooled with Pro Ignitor Fly Line-Textured WF 9 weight and a 20# test Mirage Big Game Knotless leader.....PRODUCTIVE FLIES WITH FLOATING LINE-- Blados Crease Fly, 3/0 hook, 3 1/2 inch, in Olive/Gold or Blue/White.

7-Day Forecast

We should have some hot weather this week making fly fishing available in all areas of the Chesapeake Bay. Please take all pictures and release the fish while keeping it in the water. The fish will die if removed from the water into the hot ambient temperature.


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