New Video: The Bountiful Piankatank

My Saltwater Fly Fishing Journey began a little over two years ago on the Chesapeake Bay with Capt. Chris Newsome. Late September 2013, I rejoined Capt. Chris in search of Striped Bass, Speckled Trout, and Red Drum on the Piankatank River, a tributary of the Chesapeake. The River was generous and Murphy’s Law held true with a dead camera battery prior to netting the last and biggest fish of the day. Still photos got the job done, however.
Music: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, “Om Nisha Me”
Filmed with iphone 4s and GoPro HD

Spots and Stripes: A Day on the Piankatank River with Capt. Chris Newsome

For my birthday present, I got a day fishing the Chesapeake Bay with Capt. Chris Newsome of Bay Fly Fishing. My good friend Kevin of Sweet and Salt joined me for a day of fantastic fishing. Check out his more thorough recap here
Almost all the photos credit goes to Kevin on this one. Nice work bud. 
Capt. Chris finding us some Peanut Bunker (Menhaden)
Ridiculously gorgeous morning. 
Fish finders. 
A Healthy Striper. 
My fish of the trip.
Just a great fish. 
Look at that snaggletooth. 
Kevin found the only red of the day.
Nice work, Kevin. 
If you are looking to get on the water, now is a great time to do it. If you are looking for a guide, Capt. Chris is one of the best. I’m hoping to get the video up and rolling in the next week or so.  Until then. 

Flies and Ice Cream

I know it looks messy,
but don’t worry, we’ve got a system.
Flies and ice cream. Tying flies that is. No flies in the ice cream as far as I know. 
In a little over a week I’m going to be heading into the Chesapeake Bay for a day of fishing with Captain Chris Newsome and my buddy Kevin. A fish in hand is long overdue, I’m hoping this trip will change that. 
Line em up, baby.
Kevin and I got together last night to tie some flies in preparation for the trip. 
Red over orange/yellow provides nice contrast
in the mirky waters of the Chesapeake. 
We got creative with out color combinations and made a mixture of clousers and deceivers and a hybrid of the two. 
Dry, epoxy, dry!
To be honest, I’m not concerned if these flies catch us any fish or not. It was just nice to enjoy a night on the porch with good company, music and some VERY chocolatey ice cream. 

mmmmmm….. Chocolate Ice Cream. 

Good Fortune

Weather can surprise. Sun can shine.
Friends can call. Plans materialize.
Work postponed. Play prioritized.
Sandwiches and sardines. Celery sticks and seltzer.
Picnic on a boat with a motor that won’t turn.
Anchored to a spot often overlooked.
Poorly tied flies and good fortune.
Eager fish to sun burnt hands,
cheeks,
and smiling eyes.

My catch of the day. What? Oysters are alive.
Action shot.

Look at all those spots.

Stripers Like Dominoes

Sara and I went out with Capt. Chris Newsome of Bay Fly Fishing to catch striped bass on the Chesapeake Bay. It was an awesome day. Sara’s first time fly fishing, and she caught the first 4 stripers.

Capt. Chris is not only a great guy, excellent teacher, and wonderful guide, but also extremely knowledgeable about The Bay ecosystem. He is a great advocate of the conservation of America’s largest estuary and this makes him a valuable asset to the area. I couldn’t think of a better way to get introduced to the bay’s fly fishing potential.

We had an amazing time!  Enjoy the video! It is shaky in a few parts, but overall it turned out well. Unfortunately, it seems to have lost some quality while uploading. I’ll have to look into that.


Stripers Like Dominoes from My Leaky Waders on Vimeo.