Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Rob Snowhite's Tip of the Week
Find the weeds, find the snakeheads. Misty and I were out in the boat yesterday. We got into some really gross weeds and decided to explore, slowly, very slowly. Sure enough we came across snakeheads sitting on top of the weeds in the very think film of water at the top. We found several 'escape hatches' or tunnels cut out of the areas where they were sun bathing/feeding. They would spook before a cast to them could be made. Baby hickory and American shad are all up and down the tidal section and fish are feeding on them. Small baitfish patterns. Beer Tie returns TONIGHT September 13 across from Orvis Clarendon at the Colony House.
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5-Day Outlook as of 9/13/21
Low and clear, cool water, and shorter photoperiods. You should get out and enjoy this weather while it lasts. Moving tides at dusk and sunrise at choke points. Small minnow patterns.
Techniques & Tips as of 9/13/21
Fish moving tides with a sink tip. Small Clouser lead fly and a small shad fly dropper. Spring - Time to switch over to sink tips. Visit Art or Ryan and get your line adjusted for fall. Swinging flies in fast water should do the trick. At any point that you see fish blitzing bait do what ever you can to cast into that. Big head floating lines for remainder of summer. Fish the shade, structure, moving water. Sink tips for stripers, catfishes, and other big fish that may be deep or holding in fast water (floating lines will get swept away faster than a sink) 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.
Current Conditions as of 9/13/21Low and clear, cool water, and shorter photoperiods. You should get out and enjoy this weather while it lasts. Moving tides at dusk and sunrise at choke points. Small minnow patterns.
Local Species Available January 1 - December 31 (Prime: March 16 - November 5)
|Clouser Minnow||Chartreuse/White, Ol||6 - 2/0|
|Lefty's Deceiver||Blue/White, Olive/Wh||2 - 2/0|
|Prince Nymph||All Colors||10-14|
|Shaky Worm||All Colors||10-14|
|Double Barrel Sliders||All Colors||smaller|
|Half And Half||All Colors||2-3/0|
|Generic bead head nymph. Size 12||Flash back||12|
|Tommy's Clouser||All Colors||6|
This fly is arguably the best all-around and most recommended saltwater fly ever tied.