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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

Dorsal view of a Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Lancaster, PA

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Lam on Oct 14, 2007October 14th, 2007, 4:48 am EDT
I will be at a seminar for a few days right near Washington Dulles airport. Does anyone know of any local trout fishing streams? DC or Virginia or anywhere within 1/2 hr of the airport hotels?

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Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

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CaseyP on Oct 14, 2007October 14th, 2007, 5:39 am EDT
you have no idea how suburbanized--and flat--the Dulles area is. however, it is possible to fish, and depending upon when you arrive, for trout. twice a year, in Oct. and Feb., our local NVATU cleans and stocks two streams, one inside and one just oustide the Beltway. they are good for an evening's relaxation. because of the drought this fall, they have been cleaned, but not stocked so far. check the website http://www.nvatu.org/ for further information. if you're still interested, send me a message, and maybe we can wet a line.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Lancaster, PA

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Lam on Oct 14, 2007October 14th, 2007, 7:02 am EDT
check your pm caseyp
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Oscoda, MI

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Jmd123 on Oct 20, 2007October 20th, 2007, 7:44 pm EDT
Lam, if you're up for some warm-water fishing, Rock Creek had a LOT of fish in it when I was there in '94. I was there in May and there was a massive shad run coming in. I managed to catch none of these, but instead some bluegill and bass. While hiking along the river I came across a school of nice bass, then a short distance upstream a school of nice bluegill that were taking insects off the surface. I don't know what conditions are like there today, but you might check it out if you have the time. It's also a very pretty park with some huge old-growth white oaks and tulip-trees.

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Lancaster, PA

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Lam on Oct 21, 2007October 21st, 2007, 12:23 am EDT
Thanks for the info guys. My seminar is already over and I am back in PA. As it turned out, I didn't have any spare time to explore.
Woodbridge, VA

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Switchfishe on Oct 21, 2007October 21st, 2007, 12:31 pm EDT
There is actually plenty of fishing very close in.

I work in Gaithersburg above DC once a week and hit the Potomac, Patuxent or Great Seneca Creek after work while I wait for the traffic to die down.

CaseyP was referring to the Accotink and Holmes run - those are in VA.

If you can pop north to MD, you will have more fun on your next trip.

You should get the book = "Guide to Maryland Trout Fishing" in the library. It has detailed descriptions and directions.
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Lancaster, PA

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Lam on Oct 21, 2007October 21st, 2007, 2:49 pm EDT
I don't have that book but my local fly shop has it. Maybe I will check it out. I rarely get down that far south but I have one client in Maryland Line, MD. which, as you can guess by it's name, is at the MD, PA border. the Gunpowder is close by and I fished it once butI was rushed and didn't really give it much of a chance. I know A few guys that fish the Gunpowder and they say it is great. There is a fly shop that I have stopped at a few times, I think the name is "Great Feathers" fly shop or something close to that. It's a nice area and I would like to check it out further.
Spring Mills, PA

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IEatimago on Oct 22, 2007October 22nd, 2007, 8:51 am EDT
i have had some fun days at gunpowder when i lived in baltimore, but there were many rough days aswell.
IMO id fish mainly from masemore rd. to the bottom of the dam.
and that book is pretty informative.

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Theflyguy on Jan 17, 2009January 17th, 2009, 12:47 pm EST
I would try out Rose River Farm. Its about an hour from the Dulles Airport. It has killer fly fishing for big Rainbow trout. I fish at the farm a couple times a month. their website is www.roseriverfarm.com
Mpls, MN

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Ericd on Jun 12, 2009June 12th, 2009, 5:10 am EDT
I'll check out the book, "Guide to Maryland Trout Fishing." I have a career opportunity in D.C. in 2010. It sounds like everyone commutes from Maryland anyway. Thanks.
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AMOCACB on Apr 28, 2015April 28th, 2015, 3:33 am EDT
Hi. I am a Brit who is in Washington DC for a weekend (9/10 May) and hoping to get into a stream and make contact with some local trout. I would really value any suggestions or advice. The matter is complicated by the fact that I will only have the mere essentials of tackle with me due to airline baggage restrictions. Only found this website today so pardon my ignorance of the area and its fishing that would doubtless have been cured by deeper reading of this fascinating resource.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Apr 28, 2015April 28th, 2015, 4:24 am EDT
I'm not too familiar with the trout fishing near DC but about 50 miles north off of Interstate 83 in the Hereford area is a wild brown trout stream named Gunpowder River.

I'd bet there are a few trout streams that are closer in nearby Virginia and maybe Googling will help you.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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PaulRoberts on Apr 28, 2015April 28th, 2015, 4:32 pm EDT
I believe there are a few there. Howell Raines book, "FF Through the Midlife Crisis" talked about DC trout fishing some. Don't remember the stream names. Found this link though:
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RMlytle on Apr 28, 2015April 28th, 2015, 6:19 pm EDT
I know of a gentleman that caught a wild cutthroat somewhere in Maryland, quite close to D.C. It may take a lot of prying to get that spot out of him though. He described the fish as a "Maryland Unicorn".
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AMOCACB on Apr 29, 2015April 29th, 2015, 1:30 am EDT
Thank you very much for these suggestions. I will see if I cannot get out to the Rose River. Any further possible options would be very warmly received.
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TKB on Apr 29, 2015April 29th, 2015, 12:00 pm EDT
I doubt the veracity of any "gentleman" making claims about wild cutthroat anywhere east of the 105th meridian......
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BoulderWork on May 1, 2015May 1st, 2015, 2:12 am EDT

Good early morning.

I am a native Washington, DC resident and have fly fished for just a little over 36 years in the DC, MD, VA, PA and NY area. Let me know when you are arriving in the area. It would be my honor to orientate you to the most opportune area to fish for wild trout and hatches. If you need tackle or flies, etc - no problem.

It would be most appropriate for one fly fisherman to insure another has a memorable experience in the area.

As a side suggestion, I would recommend reading Mid-Atlantic Budget Angler, by Ann McIntosh and/or Guide to Maryland Trout Fishing by Charles Gelso and Larry Coburn. If required, I can loan you these books during your stay as well.
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AMOCACB on May 5, 2015May 5th, 2015, 6:49 am EDT
Thank you so much for this offer which is most kind. I have arrived in NY en route to DC and will be back in touch very shortly with some contact details. Regards, Andrew
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AMOCACB on May 5, 2015May 5th, 2015, 8:08 am EDT
Would you be good enough to email me on andrewbrodey@hotmail.com? Thank you. Andrew
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BoulderWork on May 6, 2015May 6th, 2015, 3:42 am EDT
Emailing now. Good day yesterday in PA hitting chimarra and sprinkling of invaria.


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