Matthew Schenk, Recreational Angler
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Posted on March 15, 2013 | Permalink
They're Hitting On Top
Location: Middle Patuxent
The rain has moved the trout around quite a bit in the Middle Patuxent and the fish seem much more spread out. Even know the best fishing may be found around the middle access point if you walk downstream... or take a hike rather, fish are found all over the place. The rainbows I have noticed are becoming less aggressive and are sitting in slow moving water where as the brown trout were all in faster running water but more in the pockets, under tree root systems, and overhanging stream bank. The only rainbow I had on my last outing hit a size 16 black stone fly on top. I got four browns also and they hit a combination of a caddis, black stonefly, and one hit a brown streamer. One of the trout hit as soon as my fly hit the water after making a 40 foot cast in front of a tree hanging over the river. The brownie was only about 12 inches but fought harder than any rainbow I have caught in there recently and even pulled drag upstream 20 yards after I had him close to me! Brownies can be very selective at times but right now the fishing seems to be exceptional. I talked to a man that was fishing a conventional rod and he said he got 8 browns and one rainbow on a rapala and a spinner! Here's some pics of the trout I caught below.