I would love to go fishing with you. I should have clarified by saying the "Upper" Potomac, though I wouldn't mind catching a snakehead farther downstream.You do not want to fish the Potomac. Pretty polluted. If you do come out this way again though. Make sure you hit me up.
I've never done that, but I want to catch all of the billfish at some point in my life. When I'm old and decrepit, I want to talk my wife into moving to the Florida Keys or Cuba (if it's finally NOT run by a Castro), and then I can go out fishing for marlin in the Gulf Stream with a small skiff and some hand lines. Maybe I could write a story about it, too.I've been deep sea fishing 4 times
I already own fishing maps and fly fishing guides for both, and I have my eye set on different things in each. I think that it would be awesome to catch trout in the headwaters of the New in NC, catch a musky on the New somewhere in VA, and catch some smallmouth on the New in WV. That's just an amazing river. I also want to catch a musky on the upper James along with some smallmouth. I know about the smell of the James in Richmond in the summer, but I think that it would be awesome to catch a monster blue catfish on a fly rod in a river in the middle of a city. It's just not something that a lot of people have done, I'm guessing.The New and James (as far away from Richmond as you can get) are both good smallmouth waters. The James in and around Richmond is a 'trophy' blue cat river, but smells like sewage.
Yes, it is! I've driven beside it in VA and WV, and it's just an awe-inspiring river.Fun fact, the New is one of the oldest rivers in the world and one of a handful that flow north.
I've never noodled any fish, though it blows my mind to see the videos of guys doing it and pulling out 75 lb flathead catfish with their bare hands.Its funny, I have "noodled" catfish and carp and..... Native rainbows in Colorado too!
Excuse my anal, perfectionist, teacher side, but it wouldn't be possible for you to have ever seen a "native rainbow" trout in Colorado as they weren't native to the state. "Wild rainbow," yes, and "native cutthroat," absolutely. Rainbow trout were only native to the streams of the northern Pacific watershed from California northward, but cutthroats are their closest cousins, and they filled in all of the gaps on either side of the Rockies. Beautiful fish, all around. If you're catching wild trout anywhere in the U.S., you're probably standing in some of the prettiest country around, and you're trying to catch some of the prettiest fish that swim. I like a fish that has the good taste to only live in the cleanest, coolest waters that flow in the prettiest places.