Fishing Outlook & Conditions
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The water temperatures have dipped just below 40 so it's time to slow down your retrieve. Baitfish patterns such as clousers, deceivers and kreelex can produce some great fish under the right conditions. The smallie bite has also seen a bit of s spike! Fishing structure for Smallmouth and deep currents for Schoolie Stripers can produce a great bite and some quality fish!
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5-Day Outlook as of 1/26/23
Winter is here and the fish have certainly slowed down with the consistently colder temps. Time to focus on largemouth, smallies and even the occasional Schoolie Striper. You will want a heavy sinking/ sink tip line, 10-16lb fluorocarbon leaders, an assortment of clouser minnows, deceivers, and any of your other favorite baitfish patterns. However water levels are up substatially from the recent rain, so you will want to give it a few days before you try to get out there. Come see us at Orvis Arlington to get dialed in and pick up some hot local flies!
Techniques & Tips as of 1/26/23
Fish moving tides with a sinking line, with high tides being your best option. Small Clousers, Half & Halfs, and Deceivers are most productive. The water is cold, so slow down your retrieves and take your time. 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 1/26/23The temperature continues to drop as the true fall weather patterns are setting in! Largemouth, Smallmouth and the occasional striper can all be caught on the fly! An assortment of baitfish patterns, crayfish and woolly buggers will cover all your bases!
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|
|Softy Minnow||All Colors||2 - 3/0|
|Krystal Bugger||All Colors||6 - 10|
|Double Barrel Sliders||All Colors||smaller|
|Shaky Worm||All Colors||6 - 10|
|Shad Darts||All Colors||6-10|
|Tommy's Clouser||All Colors||6|
This fly is arguably the best all-around and most recommended saltwater fly ever tied.