Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Rob Snowhite's Tip of the Week
Same as last week. Stripers Stripers Stripers. Are you a morning striper angler or do you prefer dusk? Prime fishing to close out the year should be starting. Cool water means optimal metabolism for bass to feed. Cool weather and overcast. Stripers on moving tides at low light. Outgoing on Virginia side, incoming on DC side.
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5-Day Outlook as of 10/18/21
Focus on largemouth and stripers this week.
Techniques & Tips as of 10/18/21
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 10/18/21Focus on largemouth and stripers this week.
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.