Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Rob Snowhite's Tip of the Week
This is probably the best week of the year for multiple species and chances for big fish. So get out and fish around Chain Bridge and Fletcher's and Gravelly.
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5-Day Outlook as of 5/3/21
Water temps and levels are great. Water is very clear. The rain and cloud cover should keep things not too hot for the fish. Try deeper and swinging your fly in the current for shad.
Techniques & Tips as of 5/3/21
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 5/3/21Water temps and levels are great. Water is very clear. The rain and cloud cover should keep things not too hot for the fish. Try deeper and swinging your fly in the current for shad.
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.