This trip belongs more in a paddling section than a fishing section, because there were only two fish caught among four people. And both went to the same guy!
ShenandoahRiverRat, two fellows not on this board, and I paddled an eight mile section of the upper Potomac not terribly far below it’s confluence with the Shenandoah.
The weather was beautiful, if a tad windy. The water had maxed out from rain at 3’ and had been dropping slowly for three days. It was about 1.5’ when we fished (that’s roughly 10k CFS to 3k CFS if you prefer). This section generally fishes best at 1.5 to 2. The fall bite is on, so I figured we’d be in good stead.
Nope. I did hook into the largest fish I’ve ever hooked into on this section, but I never saw it. I did a poor hookset and then tried to horse it. Not the best calibre of fishing skill display ever. It peeled line like I didn’t have a drag. My guess is either a musky or a large catfish, both of which reside in this section.
Two others were skunked as well. One fellow caught two nice smallmouth bass (one 14" and one 18" - good fish for this piece of water).
I paddled a OK Malibu II. ShenandoahRR paddled his Loon 111. The guy who caught fish paddled a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 (which I later broke for him). The other fellow paddled my Perception America (the original 13’6" model).
I took my Wave Sport Diesel along for ShenandoahRR to try. Not only did he feel uncomfortable in it, he looked funny too.
Vegetation was breaking loose, and on every cast, the lure came back covered in snot grass. The water temperature was (I’m guessing here) 62 degrees. Water was clear. Visibility of about 5 feet.
ShenandoahRR, as always, your company was a pleasure. I’m glad you could join us.
- Big D