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Fly Fishing the Rivers of the Chesapeake

 

For anglers young and old, fly fishing is the ultimate combination of strategy, excitement, and beautiful tranquility. At these spots around the region, you’ll discover rivers and streams that are the perfect setting for a fly fishing adventure.

Cast a line at places like Holliday Lake State Park, Green Ridge State Forest, and Caledonia State Park, where fly anglers can enjoy a relaxing day fishing with friends, family, or in peaceful solitude. With the woods at your back and a cool mountain stream by your feet, you’ll experience a side of the Chesapeake like no other.

Before you go, make sure you have the proper licenses necessary to fish in your state. Follow all local rules for limits on catch, size, and gear. Some waterways are “put-and-take” fisheries, which means they’re stocked with fish that you can take home; others are “catch-and-release” to preserve wild fish stocks.

  • For abundant trout populations nestled in the stunning natural scenery of western Maryland, head to Savage River State Forest. The tailwater section of the river offers some of the best wild trout fishing in the state. Other trout hot spots in Maryland include the Gunpowder Falls tailwater, Big Hunting Creek in Cunningham Falls State Park, and the Patapsco River put-and-take fishery at Patapsco Valley State Park.
  • In Virginia, head to scenic Shenandoah River State Park or the upper James River to seek smallmouth bass hiding among the rivers’ riffles and submerged logs. Care for a guided adventure? Book a session at Shenandoah National Park with a local outfitter who’ll help you and your friends find a few trout.

Get your rod and waders ready for a thrilling Chesapeake adventure at the top places for fly fishing.

October 20, 2015

Main image: Get your rod and waders ready for a thrilling Chesapeake adventure at the top places for fly fishing. (Image credit: Project Healing Waters Flyfishing / Flickr)
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