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June 12, 2018 - D.C. Area to Tidal Portion, Bass Fly Fishing Report; by Orvis
Topic Started: Jun 13 2018, 09:05 AM (8 Views)
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Posted ImageFishing conditions: Still early in the shad run. Water needs to warm up a bit. If the shad run is a bell curve we are still at the bottom left. It is just starting and will get better weekly.

Inshore temperature: 68 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 32 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: For predatory fish such as stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass, snakeheads, etc. Your fly box should reflect what these fish feed upon. ALL targeted fish in the river feed on smaller fish thus it is necessary to imitate the wide variety of baitfish available in the Tidal Potomac. Typical baitfish are shad fry and smolts, river herring, a variety of minnow species including the kilifish, and a variety of juvenile perch and sunfishes. Baitfish flies from 1" and 4" will cover most baitfish. Mid April - mid May are our best times to fish.

Fish species: Striped-LM-SM Bass, Shad, Carp, Panfish, Gar, Nile Tilapia, Goldfish, Northern Snakehead

Fishing season: January 1 - December 31 (Prime: March 16 - November 5)

Nearest airport: Ronald Reagan National Airport

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 8 Lb. Tippet

Best fly fishing rod:
9' 8 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Big Bug Warm Water WF Fly Line

Best sinking fly line: Depth Charge Full Sink Fly Line


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