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 

Topwater catching catching is hot on the Bay and its tributaries. There are still plenty of bluefish, white perch, and striped bass taking flies.

Conditions 

The bluefish and striped bass were blitzing this past week around Poplar Island. The bluefish ranged to 5 pounds and put up a good fight on a fly rod. The water is starting to cool down as stripers and bluefish are also in the tributaries.

It shouldn't t be long before the fall run of stripers (ocean stock) show up chasing menhaden. They are larger than the summer (resident) stripers.

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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