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. 

Tangier Slam Rulers In Stock

14 03 2016

“Tangier Slam” Release Rulers now IN STOCK. Decals and flexible PVC available exclusively through Josenhans Fly Fishing. $15.99 + $3.50 shipping (tax incl). Contact Kevin Josenhans at or 443-783-3271. #releaserulerCheck this link to Tangier Slam


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. 


Fisherman’s Island Red Drum

11 03 2015

I have one spot open to share a  trophy red drum trip with another angler on Thursday, April 30. We will be casting lures or flies to cruising red drum and stripers on the flats of Smith and Fisherman’s Island on Virginia’s lower eastern shore. Contact me for details at or 443-783-3271. 

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“Trout” Heating Up

14 06 2014

We’ve all been waiting for the speck fishing to heat up and with the recent spell of hot weather there is the anticipation of some North Carolina trout heading our way. Yesterday, while prospecting for a few of the spotted variety we happened across one of his cousin’s, the weakfish ; a.k.a. gray trout, grey trout, yellowfin, tiderunner, squeteague, or simply sea trout (This fish has more aliases than a bad rapper). Anyway, the six pound ‘weakie’ (had to throw that in there, sorry) was a pleasant surprise. Oh, and we did manage to land four ‘specks’ of 18 to 20 inches, so things are looking good for a summer run. Remember, all speckled trout caught in Virginia waters must be released until August 1st. Specks caught in Maryland’s portion of the bay may be kept, but the creel is now 4 per day.

Paul Anderson shows off his 27-inch ‘weakfish’

Chen Sun boated this fine redfish on a Berkley Gulp! Swimming Mullet

Chen Sun boated this fine redfish on a Berkley Gulp! Swimming Mullet

Bull Red Drum & Trophy Stripers

18 05 2014

20140518-142843.jpg Bull red drum fishing on the Virginia Eastern Shore flats is as good as it gets! – at times. When conditions are right, this is world class fishing. In nine days of fishing the flats and shoals at the mouth of the bay my anglers boated 11 red drum of 43 to 50 inches. All but one were caught casting artificial’s, mainly 5″ Tsunami and Storm shads. Two gorgeous 46-inch reds were landed on fly. A four-inch half & half in white was the ticket.

20140518-144307.jpgSkip Powers proudly shows off one of six reds boated during his two day trip

20140518-144657.jpgBob Lepczyk with a nice red after a hard-fought battle on a G.Loomis NRX 9 wt. Photo credit Bob Lepczyk

As an added bonus, we were blessed with four days of trophy stripers cruising the shallow flats of the nearby barrier islands. Looking not unlike dense schools of large bunker from a distance, upon closer observation it soon became evident this mass of fins and scales was anything but bait. This was flats fishing heaven. Forty-inch striped bass gently gliding around and under the boat in turquoise colored water was a site to behold. Large Stillwater poppers pulled through the tightly packed schools brought explosive strikes and long, hard runs from rockfish weighing upwards of twenty-five pounds. The Susquehanna Flats was never like this!

20140518-150826.jpgSkip Powers with a brace of trophy rockfish

20140518-150948.jpgJohn Nelson hefts a big rock fooled by a Stillwater popper

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