Diego and I did another trip back to DC with our Kayaks to fish the poop plant. This spot always holds fish and just about every different species in the entire watershed. It always runs clear, no matter how muddy the river is and it actually stays a little cooler this time of year and warmer in the winter than the rest of the river. But it does have that smell. IT's like fishing over a huge outfall pipe of 2000 flushes and looking into an aquarium. Sometimes the fishing is excellent for all types of fish, other times, not so much. Some bass guys in a tournament were catching some very nice bass, one after another and were culling good size fish too. I wanted striped bass which we caught a few but nothing special. We also caught catfish, Largemouth, stripers, and wouldn't you know it, a walleye. The first one hit a jig in about 10 feet of water but I lost him at the kayak. The second one hit a fly in about the same depth a good distance down from the outfall. I was fishing a 7wt, medium sink line and a fire tiger stremer pattern with large plastic eyes.
That is the first Potomac 'eye caught on a flyrod that I am aware of!! Maybe someone out there has done that before, but it would be no one that I have ever heard of. I have caught plenty of them in conditions where they would have been accessible with fly gear, but I was always using spinning gear and it was usually on the shoreline using a light spinning rod that was packed inside a whitewater yak and I never had the confidence (or room in the yak) to bring a fly rod and leave the spinner at home.
Its so great to see such a solid and informative fishing report on Tidalfish, you gave everyone all the info they need!
You and Paxfish posted some of the best T-fish trip reports of the summer!
A couple years ago a during the early walleye season up here on Lake Erie we decieded we were going to catch walleye on the fly. During this time they are in 15 to 25 ft of water. All the trollers are running back and forth using planer boards fishing for them. We got out there with sink line casting and they all went by us looking like we were crazy fly fishing out there. Well are largest was 28". They didn't this we were so crazy after seeing us catching fish.