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So on Sunday I got a few hours free before the super bowl as my wife had an open house and her sister took my son Ryan to a puppet show. Okay then, I thought the two of us would go fishing but I guess not. I fought with myself for at least 20 minutes about where to go. DC warm water I thought? Dickerson? It's a nice day, I know the stoneflies would be hatching well. A phenomenon that happens on the Potomac on the first nice day in mid winter. They hatch up and down the river but the fish will not come up to feed on them unless you are downstream from the warm water. It can be a blast with a 5wt catching everything under the sun from carp to catfish to bass and sunfish on top water, mid winter, with a 5wt fly rod. But then I thought about muskie so up river I go to Washington County.

First ramp I stop at not far from harpers ferry still has snow on it and a lot of down woody debris. No problem, I have a 4x4 and the boat is light enough. I have a 14' sea nymph with a 9.9hp 4 stroke and trolling motor. It's a decent upper river boat when you put a 2x4 between the transom and the engine. I can float in 5 inches of water and use the engine in 8 inches. Well, the snow is there but I figured I'd get out. I pulled in nose first, pulled around and got ready to drop the boat. I thought I'd try driving out over the steep hill up to the tow path just incase before I dropped the boat but that was no use. I didn't have enough traction and was skidding back down the ramp towards the river. This is not good I thought. I was stupid not to bring a shovel but it was almost 50 degrees! What happens later when I'm coming out and this stuff refreezes I thought. I even called a friend near by who could pull me out but it was his wife's birthday. I didn't have the heart to ask him, just invited him fishing, once I was already there, I originally wanted to fish alone, I can go faster. Oh well. I eventually had to clear the ramp with my boots and with a paddle. I somehow managed to drive up the hump of a hill and decided not to push my luck. Off to another ramp.

Next stop another 15 miles further north. I figured I'd try big slack water as I've never been there before. Most of me wanted to go below a Dam I was familiar with that often stacks up with walleye but I was in one of those exploratory moods. I finally made it to big slack water ramp almost 45 minutes later. Those roads are treacherous, have hair pin turns and bumps in the roads all over the place that I would have loved to have known about when I was a teenager. Well, Big slack water above dam 4 was completely Frozen!! There was hardly any ice near Harpers Ferry but slack water was jam packed! Unbelievable. Then there was Taylors landing but that is another very steep ramp and one screw up means you're swimming. No thanks. Then someone mentioned Westernport. I had never been there before and this person I met was nice enough to show me how to get there. I followed him for 10 miles. Okay then, it's now near 3pm and I'm heading another 10 miles further west to Westernport. It was open but a LONG ramp meaning I was driving in the water to launch my skiff. Finally I'm fishing but I'm not at all familiar with this seciton. There's a dam a short distance down river that You DO NOT want to go over. It's just a giant pipe really but that would mean disaster. Up here the water was a lot dirtier with only a few inches of Visibility. But the confluence of Conocecheaque creek was clear and the DNR rate the Conocacheaque as one of the better smallmouth rivers in the state of MD the last few years with excellent spawning success and adult fish numbers per mile. But I was after muskie, not bronze backs. Giant lures were the order of the day. "If you're going to get skunked, you might as well do it throwing something big." That's a line I learned from a fletchers regular quite a few years ago. I like that line. You just never know.

Well, no fish for me. I made it home just in time for a super bowl party. Fishless again. I think I'm hitting the bay later this week. I need a fix bad.
 

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I have to say you were persistent. Francis posted some pictures of the Potomac by Dickerson and it had some big chunks of ice in it, so I am sure farther west it was worse.

That fishing fix will drive us to do strange things. So far I just frequent tackle stores, fishing shows and bars with my fishing buddies.
 

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Hey Man

I'll take the report and read regardless of lack of a hook on the line after reading all the posts on nets which simply seems insane why we do not do away with them.

Sounds like an adventure, but hey, at least you got to see a few news places that should pay off once spring get here.

Hit the bay, get your fix, there are some stripers with your name on them :yes:
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Thanks, I had a series of unfortunate events that put me on the river late this weekend too! I really want to get back to the rivers this year, I didn't know walleye could be caught in good numbers in that area, I used to fish above where you were on the Potomac with pretty good success when I was a teenager, Then I fell in love with the susky above Harrisburg. It's nice thinking about the rivers

-Tim
 

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The stone flies were hatching below Dickerson, but, no fish slurping them whatsoever.

Probably planning on fishing the dam not this weekend but next for walleye. A buddy took me up there in a jet boat a few years ago and we did real good. It was awesome.
 
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