Greater Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

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.

Light Tackle
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.

Seven-day forecast 

Some of the largest striped bass are now in the Lower Chesapeake Bay outside of Pt. Lookout. Look for large birds working the water. They are schooling where the Potomac River enters the Chesapeake Bay. It's time to bring out our 9 or 10 weight rod teamed with a large arbor reel with sinking line. The most productive lures are Half & Half in blue/white or chartreuse/white.

This is something you don't want to miss.

Conditions 

The ocean stock of striped bass are now located in the Lower Chesapeake Bay out of Pt. Lookout. This is where the Potomac River dumps into the Bay and the large striped bass come up each year to feed heavy on the bait being pushed out of the River. Use sinking line with half & half flies.

Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow red/white and whit 2 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Clouser Minnow chartreuse/white 2 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Clouser Minnow chartreuse/yellow 2 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Half And Half chartreuse/white 1/0 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Blados Crease Fly silver/blue 3/0 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Blados Crease Fly olive/pearl 3/0 Hook Buy from Orvis.com
Capt. Tom Hughes
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