Tidal portion Potomac River - DC

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

When fishing for Stripers, fish large Clousers and Half and Halfs on sinking lines or long sink tips to get down in the current. Tie on a smaller baitfish dropper. Use only a short level leader on your sinking line - 3' of 0X or 20# fluoro works great. Cast across the main current and mend or dump some slack to let the fly dig in. Let the fly swing through the main current and strip it through the current seam. Vary your retrieve and speed as your two variables for finding feeding fish. Once you have covered an area thoroughly, move down the run a bit and repeat.

Two handed rods and Spey Casting Techniques are very effective for covering the water in these areas from shore. Stop by the shop with all of your questions about using Two-Handed Rods in the Tidal Potomac, as we have really dialed in some of the best techniques and tackle requirements to unlock many of the spots you couldn't fish before.

Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders is a Federation of Fly Fishers Charter Club with a focus on this fishery. For more information on this group, this fishery, and the fly fishers that call it home, please visit us here and consider joining: www.tpfr.org TPFR now has hats for sale. Our 2016 Beer Tie dates will be up soon. Next one is at Whilows On Wiilson Jan 11. The featured fly will be a simple articulated streamer for stripers.

Seven-day forecast 

Find spots where the fish are. Shade, cool temps, structure. The river is FULL of weeds so go weedless. Boogle bugs dead drifted.

Outgoing tides will be clearest. Above the falls will have low and clear wet wading. Stay hydrated. Wear a big hat. Always tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back.

Worm flies, damsel nymphs, frogs. Clousers too. You can't go wrong with just tossing a Clouser right now. And that goes for every day on the river.

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TPFR now on Instagram ! @TidalPotomacFlyRodders
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Have a great week - Rob Snowhite

Conditions 

Water is finally clearing. Possible rain early and later this week. Full moon going away so extreme tides should be dissipating.

For daily chatter about this fishery, visit the local FFF club, Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders: www.tpfr.org and click on the 'Forum'.

Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow Chartreuse/White, Ol 6 - 2/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Lefty's Deceiver Blue/White, Olive/Wh 2 - 2/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Prince Nymph All Colors 10-14 Buy from Orvis.com
Shaky Worm All Colors 10-14 Buy from Orvis.com
Half And Half All Colors 2-3/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Gulley Worm Any Any Buy from Orvis.com
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