Use Sinking Fly-Line (stripers, bluefish, white perch)
Short Striping the Fly - Cast the fly and count it down to the desired depth. The rod tip should be parallel and very close to the water surface during the retrieve. Start stripping swiftly in no more than 2' increments at a swift speed. Repeat this until you catch a fish or the fly is back at the boat.
Jigging plastic baits on weighted jigheads from 1/2 to 1 ounce are very productive in the Middle Bay. Jigging spoons aren't doing so well at this time.
There should be some topwater action starting this week in the Maryland Sector of the Chesapeake Bay. Make sure you bring some topwater flies. If you run into bluefish switch lines to sinking and attach a 3" clouser and search deep for nice size striped bass.
The bluefish are now available in numbers and a excellent catch on a fly rod. There are also plenty of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay at this time. The summer pattern has set in and an occasional blitz is scene making it possible to catch a few on top. The bluefish has moved up in the lower Bay with reports of catches to 10#. These are outstanding fish to catch on a fly rod.
There are also some large cow nose stingrays that can really give you a battle on a 9 weight. You have to site fish them casting a 3" sinking clouser fly. Make sure the fly is a few feet in front of the ray before you start striping. Use sinking fly line for the best hook up ratio.
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