Tidal portion Potomac River - DC

Tip of the week 

When fishing for Stripers, fish large Clousers and Half and Halfs on sinking lines or long sink tips to get down in the current. 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 your approach with a focus on depth and retrieve speed rather than doing the same thing over and overif it's not producing. 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.

In the Tidal Basin, walk the seawall and make casts low to the water and parrallel to the wall (side-arm casts). It is tough to beat a Wooly Bugger, small Clouser, or Crayfish pattern in the Tidal Basin.

For the kayakers, put in at any of the Tidal bays or tributaries and fish the grass mats and lilly pads with poppers, woolly buggers, and baitfish patterns for big Bass and potentially Snakeheads. This fishing really heats up in the late Spring through Summer when the grass gets thick.

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

Seven-day forecast 

Water levels are near perfect and the river is running nice and clear. Bass fishing is better early and late, especially when the tide is moving. Schoolies are around. Water 60 degrees. Poppers , wooly buggers, clouser minno's. and streamers for upper Potomic.


Conditions are excellent up and down the river with lower levels and excellent clarity/visibility. The tributaries are running clear as well. Striper fishing at the tributary mouths should pick up in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on the water temps, when they drop into the low 70s to upper 60s the baitfish will start dropping out and the Stripers and Smallies will go on the feed! 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
Monomoy Flatwing Olive/White 2 - 2/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Softy Minnow All Colors 6-2 Buy from Orvis.com
Half And Half All Colors 2-3/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Woolly Bugger All Colors 12-2 Buy from Orvis.com
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