Greater Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries

Tip of the week 

Floating Line
Popping the Fly - Cast the fly out as far as possible. Move the rod tip down in sink with the floating fly just prior to it resting on the water. Start stripping immediately, in one to two foot increments, swiftly, when the fly hits the water. Do this 5 or 6 times, pause for a half of second and then start the cadence again. Do this until the fly is back at the boat.

Sinking Line
Moving the Fly with Short & Swift Strips - Cast the fly out and countdown to the desired depth. Normally this is one-foot per second with weighted flies and sinking line. This depth is determined by looking at your fishfinder while drifting over the stripers. Keep the fly in line with of just above your target.

Start stripping the fly swiftly, with the rod tip just above the water, pointing directly at the fly, in one-foot increments. Do this until the fly is back at the boat.

NOTE: During the drift, since there is current, keep the rod tip just above the water and move it horizontally to keep it pointed directly at the fly. Doing this keeps all the slack out of the line something needed to get a good hook set.

Seven-day forecast 

Gulls are still blitzing the Bay from the Bay Bridge south to Chesapeake Beach. Make sure you have a good pair of binoculars will save you time and will put you on fish.

Use large popping flies before the sunrise and on cloudy days. If the sun is high with blue skies fish deeper with 5" or larger Half and Halfs and strip swiftly to catch some nice stripers.


The weather is still unpredictable with some strong winds crossing the Chesapeake Bay at times.

There were some cloudy days last week with low winds and active stripers. Most were between the Bay Bridge on Rt. 50 south to Chesapeake Beach.

Forecast for this week look favorable for fly fishing from Tuesday through Friday.

Must Have Flies 
Half And Half chartreuse/white 1/0 Hook Buy from
Capt. Tom Hughes

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