Autumn on Tangier Sound

3 12 2017

Sorry I haven’t posted much but I’ve been on the water a lot, and by the time I get home the computer screen is just a blur. I often take the easy way out and simply post photos on my Facebook @JosenhansFlyFishing and Instagram @KevinJosenhans accounts. Please check out all my social media sites for current fishing reports. A picture really is worth a thousand words.

We’ve enjoyed a fantastic fall, fishing for stripers and speckled trout out of Crisfield. Shallow water action was great around Smith and Tangier Islands casting DOA CAL Shad Tails in Pearl or chartreuse colors. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love the DOA 4-inch Shad tail, especially for larger stripers. The action is extremely lifelike at slow or higher retrieve speeds. Attach to a 3/8 or 1/2 ounce DOA Premium Jig Head and you have my go-to rockfish bait. Check it out at

Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Autumn on Tangier Sound, with a few bonus pics out of Madison on the Little Choptank.


Lefty Kreh’s TieFest 

15 03 2017

Don’t forget to stop by and say hi this weekend at Lefty Kreh’s TieFest. Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm you can talk fly tying with some of the celebrities in the world of fly fishing. We have moved back to the Kent Island Yacht Club for this the 17th Annual gathering of Mid-Atlantic fly anglers. Contact me for information at or 443-783-3271.  See you there!

MSSA Dorchester Meeting 

16 02 2017

Come on out tonight to the Dorchester MSSA meeting at the Cambridge Elks Lodge to hear me speak on winter Pocomoke River fishing and Tangier Sound specks and reds. I know this is late notice but I’ve been battling a bout of laryngitis due to a cold, so I wasn’t 100% sure I could pull this off. But all is well – or well enough – so if you’d like to learn a little about tackle and technique for the Pocomoke River and Tangier Sound come on out. The meeting begins at 7:00 with my presentation around 7:30. See you there. 
MSSA Dorchester Directions

August Breakers! – Walk On Opening

9 08 2016

Leaving from Madison on the Little Choptank we are enjoying excellent fly and light tackle angling with breaking stripers and bluefish. Spanish mackerel are around as well. While I am currently fully booked for August I do have one open walk on date for a six hour trip. I need one angler to share the cost on Tuesday, August 16. The trip will run from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Cost is $225 and includes license, tackle, ice and cold drinks. Contact Kevin at or 443-783-3271 if interested. 

June Walk On Notice

31 05 2016

I’ve had a few requests to run some walk on trips as a cost sharing measure. I have two dates open for two or three anglers to get together to split the fee. They are Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21. This will be for a full day (8 hour) trip out of either Crisfield or Cambridge (Location is negotiable). Depending on location, targeted species may include rockfish (stripers), speckled trout, bluefish and possibly flounder. Cost for two will be $275 each, for three $185 each. License, tackle, ice and cold drinks included. If interested, please call me, Capt. Kevin Josenhans, at 443-783-3271 or email It’s a great trip, don’t miss out!

The Fat Lady has Sung

15 05 2016

The game is over, for this season’s southern Chesapeake adventure, at least. While we certainly enjoyed our share of exciting moments chasing bull reds and trophy stripers on the lower bay flats, the weather was not our friend. Cool temperatures, dirty water and more east wind than you’d see during a tropical storm, all made for difficult sight-fishing conditions. ‘Boom or Bust’ is how I’d best describe the action. Still, when after what seems like a thousand casts you finally hook that behemoth drum, and she begins peeling 30# braid from the reel at an alarming clip, the wait is long forgotten. Or, as the boat is surrounded by 40-plus inch stripers who continue to ignore your near perfect presentations, when finally a monster inhales your offering and the battle is on, the wait is long forgotten. As one client aptly described it, after experiencing a mild case of buck fever, “this is not fishing, but trophy big game hunting!” Thanks to all my clients for your patience and perseverance, both those who succeeded and those who did not. This fishery will test the mettle of the most ardent angler. Therein lies the drug. 

New ‘Tangier Slam’ Release Ruler 

26 02 2016

“Tangier Slam” by Release Ruler is a custom fishing ruler – made in the USA – available exclusively at Josenhans Fly Fishing. Current MD/VA seasons, size and creel limits are clearly displayed for striped bass, speckled trout and redfish (the Tangier Slam). We will carry a quality 3M adhesive backed decal (same material found in automotive wraps),  along with a flexible, yet durable PVC model that can be rolled up for convenient storage. The PVC end can be folded at a 90 degree angle for accurate fish measurement. Dimensions are 3″ x 36.” Manufacturer suggested retail is $15.99. Contact Kevin at or 443-783-3271 to reserve yours today. 


Susquehanna Flats – Take 3!

20 01 2016

Josenhans Fly Fishing is currently taking bookings for the Susquehanna Flats catch & release season that runs from March 1 through May 3. That being said, I’m only fishing April 10 through April 22, so I have a very limited number of dates available. Half, 3/4 and full day trips are available. Fishing license and top-of-the-line Sage and G.Loomis tackle is provided;  as are my custom tied flies, ice, bottled water and soft drinks. The past two flats seasons have been a washout, so let’s hope the third times the charm. There was a good number of thirty-inch rockfish in the bay this past fall, so I’m counting on their return to the spring’s pre-spawn staging grounds. When it’s right, there’s nothing like it! Contact me to discuss your trip at 443-783-3271 or


LaJan of CWA with a big striper



Pickerel in the Spring – the Old Way

30 08 2015

by Ted Josenhans (Guest Writer)

downloadPicture a cool (cold), sunny day in early March with maybe a slight breeze. Few boats are on the water because summer’s not here yet. You are in an old wooden rowboat about 14 feet long powered by a pair of 7 foot oars. This is basic to early season pickerel fishing of years gone by and probably the most rewarding type of fishing a person can do who is looking for a sizeable fish, quiet, peaceful surroundings and a day of relaxation.IMG_2074

The early pickerel run in the Middle River area was eagerly awaited by many fishermen who by March were suffering from extreme ‘cabin fever’. Fishing for these toothy critters was very basic… 16 or 18 foot bamboo or Calcutta pole, line about two feet longer than the rod, 10 inch float, spreader, two #1 Carlisle hooks with 10 inch ‘snell’ and a pint of ‘bull’ minnows about the size of your index finger. To rig the pole and line was as follows:

– tie the line to the rod about 18 inches from the tip

– run the line to the tip and tie it again

– attach the float to the line

– attach a double end sinker below the float just heavy enough

to make the float stand up in the water, about 1/2 oz.

– put the hooks on the spreader

– hook the hooks in the end of the pole

– tie the line to the spreader with enough tension to bend the

spreader slightly and keep the hooks in the end of the rod.

The purpose of the last step is two-fold, one to make storage easy and keeps the lines from getting tangled, and second it makes the line just the right length for easy handling. If you hook a perch or some other panfish just lifting the rod will swing the fish right to you for easy unhooking.

Lefty and Dad

Lefty and Dad

Most fishermen at that time would rig their boat with the rods spread across the stern of the boat, one in the center and two to either side. With the five rods you had ten baits in the water. The floats would be moved up or down the line according to the depth of the water, I liked to keep the hooks about a foot above the bottom or bottom grasses if any. In the areas I fished the water was from three to six feet deep. Put the minnows on the hooks by passing the hook from under the mouth up through both lips. Don’t hook them too far back in the mouth or you will kill them and too far forward the lips will tear. Practice makes perfect!

After the rods are baited and positioned from the stern of the boat you then just row the boat slowly around the creek close to any structure such as logs or weed-beds and wait for the fish. When you get a bite stop rowing and give the fish time to swallow the bait. Watching the action of the float can give you an idea of what kind of fish is playing around. A pickerel attacks his prey from the side and will sometimes swim around with the minnow in his teeth for several minutes before deciding to take off so the float will just swim around in circles without bobbing very much. A perch will generally make the float dance more and then pull it under rather quickly as he takes the minnow from the head.

When you feel the fish has taken the bait firmly lift the rod to set the hook. If the fish is a pickerel don’t try to lift him out of the water with the rod butFullSizeRender-001 keep tension on the line and slide the rod behind you and pull the fish to the boat with the line. If you don’t have a net just quickly grab the spreader and lift the fish over the side and into the boat. Pickerel have very soft mouths and if you tried to lift them with the rod you would probable lose most of them. Also, most of the spring fish will be about two or more pounds and the rod may break. If the fish is a panfish such as a perch you can just lift them in by raising the rod almost vertical.

Pickerel are, in my estimation, a good-eating fish when pan fried. The reason most people do not eat them is that they are very bony. Many of the bones can be circumvented with a little examination of the fillet. It’s been such a long time since I have eaten one that I have forgotten exactly how the bones are situated in the flesh, but if you check with the tine of a fork it’s easy to see. The most troublesome bones are shaped somewhat like a wishbone, and if you run the tine of the fork lightly through the fillet you can extract almost all with one pass. It’s worth the effort, at least once, to enjoy this good game fish.

Spring pickerel fishing as described above is fishing as it should be; lazy, occasionally tense as when the bobber starts doing tricks, exciting with the hooked fish, disappointment with the lost one and elation with a successful landing. Add it all together and you have the recipe for an enjoyable memory.

Kevin’s Note: For those of you not familiar with my family history, I was born while mom and dad lived in a small house on Hogpen Creek, a tributary to Middle River on the upper Chesapeake. My grandfather and grandmother Josenhans owned a summer waterfront home not too far away in Bauernschmidt Manor, which soon became their permanent residence. We called it, simply, “the Shore.” Needless to say, I spent a good bit of my summers fishing and crabbing the waters of Middle River – “in an old wooden rowboat about 14 feet long powered by a pair of 7 foot oars.”

Happy 84th Birthday Dad! 

First Week at the Flats in the Books

11 04 2015

Muddy water but some very nice fish being caught. Here are our three best of the week.