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Fly Fishing the Potomac River (North Branch) in Maryland

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Potomac River (North Branch) is a fly fishing location in Maryland. This destination has an elevation of approximately 527 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Potomac River (North Branch) on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).
                   

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Pete Shinnamon (pshinnamon) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Left from Blue Hole yesterday and did an all day float trip with PJ Daley, Lead Guide from Orvis at Wisp. Had one of the best days of my life fly fishing. We used a new secret pattern that actually was unbelievable. We both just kept shaking our heads and laughing at the results. Fishing this time of year with the amount of leaves in the water usually makes fishing much more difficult as the trout seems to stay down low and dodge the leaves. Results are as follows, Total 10 fish Rainbows 7 including one male 20 inches with a hook jaw, 24 inch female Rainbow about 5 lbs Browns 4 all in the 12 to 14 inch range Golden Trout Had a hook up on a very nice one. the fist time either of us have had a hook up on one of these beauties. Until yesterday neither of us has been able to get one of these beauties to hook up. You can see them a mile away, but can never seem to get them to take a fly. I'm sorry I can't tell you what we used as I could be seriously killed for sharing. but if you want to find out give PJ a call and book a trip. 301-387-4911 at the prompt hit 1 and the operator will connect you with the fly shop. (10/18/10)
Chris Turner (garthox31) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Went fishing on the North Branch near Barnum WV yesterday morning with a few friends. We we're on the river at dawn, the first few hours we're great dry action, however once the sun starts beating the water you better get walking through the pocket water and hit the overhanging banks with an adams or dark terrestrial pattern. evening right before dark and early morning are best times. Picked up some browns and a few nice bows. Seen several nice bows over 20 inches in the fast water but couldn't get a take. water temp was 54 . good fishing to you, wading normal, running at about 240- 250 cfpm. (07/07/10)
Chris Turner (garthox31) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Over the last 2 weeks I have had the opportunity to have a few evenings on the Northbranch catch and release sections and the dry fly action has been wonderful about 2 hours before dark several large fish over 15 inches and there are some huge bows biting as well. (07/01/10)
Chris Turner (garthox31) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: It truely was a great evening on the North Branch. The leaves are starting to change now and after the last week of not so great weather it was good today. There we're some small bwo's hatching about 5 pm after that midges and an occasional rise. I landed some nice rainbows and a brown, peaceful up there this time of year the evenings are cool and the preasure all but gone. (10/01/09)
Chris Turner (garthox31) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Fishing was great in the morning, mid day and the evening on the north branch. Water is low and clear, wading is normal. Some stones are hatching at dawn, caddis's and midges all day. Hot flies are stone nymphs, bead head hares ear, tan caddis, small midge patterns. Picked up a lot of nice fish 3 over 22 inches, browns and rainbows. (09/19/09)
Chris Turner (garthox31) reported - 4 - Poor fly fishing: It was a slow day on the North Branch yesterday morning. Fished the pocket water pretty hard, not many hatches out. A few midges here and there, they must have been feeding sub surface. 2 very small cutthroats we're the only action we saw. (09/01/09)
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20768 Garrett Highway
Mchenry, Maryland
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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20768 Garrett Highway
Oakland, Maryland
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ROBERT E CONNORS (roberteconnors)
Fantastic. Caught 2 20 inch rainbow on float trip with William (1/19/13)
Chris Turner (garthox31)
It is only my opinion but i believe that the north branch of the Potomac river is the best trout river in the state (1/19/13)
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Chris Turner (garthox31)
There is some of the best trout fishing in the state in the north branches catch and release waters. Truly amazing....   |  Reply

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