Maryland Fly Fishing Charters

Maryland Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Maryland

Top Fly Fishing Charters in Maryland

Fly Fishing in Maryland

When it comes to reeling ‘em in on the fly, some anglers want to test their skills against hard-fighting trophy fish. Others want to fill their cooler with some delicious dinner options in a tranquil setting. No matter your preference, fly fishing in Maryland has something to offer all kinds of fishermen. The “Free State” is made up of over 22% water, after all! Whether you want to wet your line in the mighty Chesapeake Bay, or explore one of the winding freshwater rivers, you’ll find the perfect opportunity to experience fly fishing your way. 

What to Expect

Chesapeake Bay

When it comes to fishing in Maryland, there’s one place that you can’t avoid hearing about – Chesapeake Bay. It divides the state in half, meaning there are plenty of departure points dotted along its shores, including Chesapeake Beach, Stevensville, Annapolis, and Crisfield.
 
So what’s the fly fishing like here? Well, Chesapeake Bay is home to a huge population of Striped Bass. Known locally as “Rockfish,” these species offer up plenty of hands-on action for fly fishermen. Even better, they’re here year-round, so you’ll be able to target them no matter when you visit. If you want to fight cow Stripers on the fly, however, the best time to visit is in the spring. 
 
Local anglers recommend using 9 wt rods, as well as flies that imitate eels, crabs, shad, herring, and other similar bait fish. If you’re not sure where to begin, get in touch with charter captains who regularly fish the bay. They’ll be able to help you master this technique!

Rivers

Maryland is packed with streams, tributaries, and rivers that provide lots of angling action. After Chesapeake Bay, Maryland is known for being home to the Potomac River. Measuring approximately 405 miles long, it’s one of the biggest rivers in the USA – which means there are plenty of fish here for you to catch! 
 
In the North Branch of the Potomac, you’ll find various freshwater species, but what keeps anglers flocking back here is the Bass. Largemouth and Smallmouth varieties can found throughout the length of the river, but especially the upper section. It’s recommended that you use a 7 wt rod.
 
Anglers looking to hook various Trout species, including Brown and Rainbow, should head to the lower section of the Savage River. To take full advantage of this fishery, visit in mid-summer, when the fish are biting hard. Experienced waders can even fly fish on foot during this time! Bring along a 4 wt rod, as well as flies such as Woolly Buggers or Hare’s Ear. 

Need to Know

Many parts of the Potomac River have specific regulations in place. These change annually, so make sure you check in with a local guide for further information. 
 
Generally, you’ll need to bring your own fly fishing rods and flies with you, even if you’re fishing alongside a charter. If you travel with a charter that’s specifically targeted towards light tackle and fly fishing, you may be in luck and have your gear provided for you. 
 
Aside from that, all you need to do is grab some weather-appropriate clothing and experience the magic of fly fishing in Maryland!
 
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Reviews of Fishing in Fly Fishing in Maryland

Great day
Eric B. fished with JadeLady Charters on November 19, 2020
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If you are going in November, pack clothing for any weather.
Half-day trip with Capt. Billy
Robin C. fished with Ebb Tide Charters on October 3, 2020
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Despite it being late in the season, Captain Billy worked hard to make sure that the guys all caught their limit. The first mate took great care of them, and all had a wonderful day on the Bay. Worth every $. Do not hesitate to book!
Friday September 25, 2020 was an Epic day of fishing
Drake N. fished with Bottom Bouncer Fishing on September 25, 2020
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Take extra ice chest to make sure you can store all the fish.
Amazing Time, worth every dime
Melissa B. fished with U.S. Blues Chesapeake Charters on September 12, 2020
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come prepared - welcome letter from captain addresses everything you need to know about what to expect, and what to bring, etc. (good company, good tunes, good food, sunglasses, stay hydrated) Take the Non-drowsy Dramamine just in case -
Great day in OC
Bill E. fished with Bottom Bouncer Fishing on September 8, 2020
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Keep your options open because the sea doesn’t have to cooperate with your plans.
Best trip ever!
Jennifer H. fished with Just A Toy Guide Service on September 6, 2020
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Keep an open mind. There are lots of species to be caught. Any day spent fishing is a day well spent.
Great Grandsughter's 10th Birthday!
Robyn J. fished with Screaming Eagle Charters on August 23, 2020
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Check the season of fish first. Rockfish were off season for the first 2 weeks ever on our trip.
Half-day morning trip with Captain George and Josh
Roger K. fished with Reel Naughty Sportfishing on August 12, 2020
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Half day morning trip. Water is calm and the fish are biting

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