Who here has made it their goal to wade into new fishing waters? Today, I scouted some trout waters near Quantico MCB. I read the tributaries near the base are part of our urban trout program and they just stocked waters, so of course I had to check it out.
I went on base to buy my base permit — valued at $10.00 for a calendar year—on top of my @virginiawildlife freshwater license and trout stamp. It’s important to comply with our laws. Although this spot and several other nearby waters are open to the public, you must get the base permit to fish here. Plus, the monies go to conservation.
I was impressed by how quiet and tranquil this area was. We hiked nearly 4 miles to scout out the landscape, winding streams, and ultimately settled on this location. We were told by a gentleman flanked by his grandkids — and interestingly enough, a part of President Reagan’s Secret Service detail in the 80’s—that one of them got a nice brookie here today. They showed us and boy, it was a nice 14” incher. They said fishing hasn’t been the best.
I was optimistic and saw promise here, but alas, no fish and thus, I was rendered empty-handed. I did, however, have some key takeaways from today’s fishing excursion. I was able to “Match the Hatch” better with a black Woolly Bugger and my roll cast saw a lot of improvement. My strike indicator had some bobbing action, but I’m not sure if it brushed some weeds or if I missed a trout or two.
Intermittent rains have muddied up most fishable streams close to Washington, DC—including this one—which makes it difficult for anglers to fish no matter what.
Hoping to see improved conditions soon and finally get my #FirstCatch
of the year.
Good luck and tight lines! •
#flyfishing #orvisflyfishing #fishingisconservation #womenwhofish #vasteward #takemefishing #virginialiving #visitpwc #princewilliamcounty #northernvirginia #5050onthewater #ladyanglers #reelgirls #matchthehatch
#tightlines #troutbum #troutfishing #flyfishingtrout #pursuethewild
#seewhatsoutthere #publicland #addictedtofishing #wildvirginia