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#1 Nov-04-15 6:13AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13120

11-3-15, Upper, Upper Potomac

One of the things I have always wanted to do is to take a raft trip down the Potomac.

This was accomplished with John Nguyen and our guide, PJ Daley.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2010.50.19_zpsgaqbgc53.jpg

And upper Potomac is an understatement. We put in at Westernport MD....a mere 120 miles from Ashburn taking the snakie route. It's 145 miles if you use the big highways. Our take out was in McGoole MD.

What a beautiful stretch of the river!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2010.50.08_zpsd3trh4wt.jpg

It did not take long to catch the 1st trout. PJ was showing me the mending technique and hooked up right there before we headed downstream!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2011.03.13_zpsnscuu6am.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2011.03.30_zpsd6kjygmd.jpg

John and I both caught one too so all skunks were off.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2011.29.02_zpsvozvoc26.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2011.29.06_zpsrueuopz4.jpg

Then we had a scare in the water....literally!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2011.30.57_zpskc7kvjr9.jpg

We were glad there wasn't a body.....

So we floated and caught fish here and there.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2011.32.55_zpsibvbrzti.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2011.48.52_zpsi3rpcb7b.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2012.07.00_zpsn3sjnpca.jpg

I then hooked into a decent fish and it turned out to be a trophy fallfish!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2012.18.37_zpsnli2qj7w.jpg

PJ was not as exited as I was but the 15 incher was a beauty to me! I also caught 4-5 more of the little ones.

At 1p, we stopped at the shore for a quick and relaxing lunch. The place is beautiful.

Then we floated and caught some more.....we were looking for some brownies but could not locate one all day.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2012.56.52_zps8stsr7kn.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2012.57.33_zpsslbp1oey.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2012.57.56_zpsndot3onk.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2013.09.21_zpsbri6bmx9.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2016.25.49_zpss8j1fqus.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2017.01.28_zpsboadnd2n.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-03%2017.24.20_zpskplfacfv.jpg

I spent 5 hours on the road but while the sun was out, it was a nice ride through some gorgeous scenery. Up and down the windy mountain roads kept me alert at the wheel.

This is a must do trip....PJ is a great guide to fish with.....will be back next spring!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Nov-04-15 6:33AM

AndrewDo124
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Alexandria
Registered: May-27-08
Posts: 963

Re: 11-3-15, Upper, Upper Potomac

nice!! i was just reading up on trout on the upper upper potomac! sounds like a beautiful day to be on the water or just outside in general.

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#3 Nov-04-15 6:54AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13120

Re: 11-3-15, Upper, Upper Potomac

AndrewDo124 wrote:

nice!! i was just reading up on trout on the upper upper potomac! sounds like a beautiful day to be on the water or just outside in general.

It was absolutely perfect. Fishing was a little slow (for PJ) but this was a top 10 trip for me. What a rush!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#4 Nov-04-15 8:33AM

hookup
Patagonian Toothfish
Registered: Jan-31-12
Posts: 1082

Re: 11-3-15, Upper, Upper Potomac

Nice trip.

I've gone from Pinto to Cumberland - nice streach, not for a raft though with all the rebarb from the old dams.

We targeted rat-pack smallies and got the occational trout on smallie baits.

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#5 Nov-04-15 11:24AM

Bryan
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
Posts: 959

Re: 11-3-15, Upper, Upper Potomac

Great report, what  beautiful area. Love the pic of the flopping trout.


tight lines

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#6 Nov-04-15 3:47PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1514

Re: 11-3-15, Upper, Upper Potomac

Great trip and report.  Congrats!  I was stuck inside all day being stressed.  You got me beat!


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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#7 Nov-04-15 4:40PM

Houli
Northern Snakehead
From: Leesburg, VA
Registered: Dec-09-10
Posts: 216

Re: 11-3-15, Upper, Upper Potomac

Great trip! I've fished the Barnum stretch and the upper and lower savage .... Beautiful surroundings and and top notch fishing.

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#8 Nov-05-15 6:01AM

firemunkee
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1522

Re: 11-3-15, Upper, Upper Potomac

That...looks...amazing...


Together we'll fight the long defeat.

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