Trip Information and Descriptions
Migratory Striped Bass and American/Hickory Shad
Launching from: North East, MD
During the spring months Tidewater Charters can be found on the Upper Bay and Mid Chesapeake Bay! Fly fishing and Light tackle anglers can chase giant striped bass in only a few feet of water. These fish climb out of their deep winter holding areas and give us a great opportunity to hook up with a truly massive fish. Anglers can throw giant streamers on 10 to 12wt fly rods or large soft baits, poppers, and crankbaits on spinning and baitcasting equipment. Both Fly fishing and light tackle produce trophy fish. Tidewater Charters practices catch-and-release of these giants year round. If Chesapeake Bay Fly fishing and Light Tackle fishing interests you now is your time!
Where to stay:
Holiday Inn Express
Comfort Inn & Suits
Salmon, trout, steelhead, halibut and more!
Launching from somewhere in Alaska
As of now Tidewater Charters packs up camp, takes a break from Chesapeake Bay striped bass fishing and goes to Alaska for the summers. Over the last 7 season I’ve worked for several operations targeting all 5 salmon species, steelhead, rainbow trout, halibut, and a variety of Alaska’s other saltwater species.
Where to stay:
Currently at Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge
Migratory and resident striped bass
Launching from: Cambridge, MD
The fall fishery in Chesapeake Bay is a exciting time for Chesapeake Bay Fly fishing and Light Tackle anglers! The migration of striped bass starts back down the coast for the journey home and the resident striped bass fishing comes alive! This another great season of the year to target the East Coast’s favorite sport fish!
Where to stay:
Comfort Inn & Suites
Holiday Inn Express
Sailfish, tuna, tarpon, grouper, sharks, cudas, kingfish and more..
Launching from: Big Pine Key, FL
Here we come Florida Keys! Sailfish, tuna, tarpon and more! Tidewater heads south with boat in tow, our winter operations based out of Big Pine Key which is about 25 miles from Key West, FL. Sailfish typically arrive in Mid January and stay through March in fishable numbers. Tidewater Charters uses the same 23′ custom Jones Brother’s center console boat that we target striped bass with in MD. So, weather does play a part in our offshore fishing ability but when the winter winds blow us out of the offshore grounds we are still able to fish a variety of environments for several different hard fighting species. Along with our inshore and offshore fishing program we love to catch aggressive juvenile tarpon are night in the Big Pine area. There are lots of pinch points and feed areas where the juvenile tarpon, up to 60lbs, congregate to feed at night on out going tides. It’s a ton of fun and many anlgers have the opportunity to hook multiple tarpon in a night.
Full Day : $550
Half Day: $400
*Rates based on 2 anglers. For each additional angler a $50 fee is added up to four anglers maximum.
Typical full day charters are 7 to 8 hours of fishing and half day charters are 4 hours.
What you need to bring:
- Valid fishing license for appropriate state
- Rain gear
- Lunch, any beverage besides water
What we supply:
- All top notch fly and spinning rods
- Flies, lures, and/or bait
Tidewater Charters offers custom fishing trips in Maryland and the Florida Keys. Each fishing trip is tailored to a customers’ needs. From the most hard core fly fisherman to families, Tidewater Charters can accommodate. Although fly fishing and light tackle fishing is our specialty some anglers prefer other techniques that are family friendly like trolling or bottom fishing and we are happy to customize a trip for your needs.
In addition to chartered fishing trips we also offer fly casting lessons, and custom fly tying.
HOW TO: Tie “The Predator”
Here are step by step instructions for tying the “Predator”. I developed The Predator fly during last few years while trying to find a fly that holds a large profile and is easy to cast. This proved to be vary challenging, but here’s what I came up with. This fly can be tied in a variety of colors but today we are going to tie it in a natural tan and white version. Also try chartreuse/white, pink/chartreuse and all white.
-Danville’s 210 Denier thread white
-Tiemco 2/0 600 sp
-UV Krystal Flash
-Steve Farrar’s UV flash blend in white or tan
-white and tan bucktail
-5 minute epoxy
-red synthetic yack hair
Step 1: Tail materials
Lay a thread base down and wrap back to beyond the point of the hook and then come back up to the point so that the thread hangs just in front of the hook point. Tie in 5 or so strand of UV krystal flash. Tie the material down in half and then fold it back and secure. Then do the same with a clump of the Steve Farrar’s flash blend about the diameter of a pencil. Fold it in half and secure the SF flash blend as you did the krystal flash. Both of these materials should be 3 times the length of the hook shank.
Tip: When tying bigger flies tie them on a tubes. Also on the bigger flies run a little soft tex through the material just beyond the hook to keep it from fouling or tangling. Add a small drop of super glue on the thread for durability.
Step 2: Tail guard
To keep the fly from wrapping on itself and to build the body of the fly take a clump of white buck tail less than a pencil thick and lay it onto of the hook shank facing back. Than make 3 loose wraps with your thread. Let the thread dangle and then take your fingers and manipulate the bucktail so that it wraps around the tail material and tighten. Make sure the fibers stick out past the bend of the hook and goes all the way around the fly. Trim most of the fibers. Don’t use lots of bucktail, we want this fly to be sparse in order to shed all of its’ water on the first false cast.
Tip: Tie in the bucktail as close to the tail as possible. You don’t want to run out of room on the hook shank.
Step 3: Reverse tying the bucktail body
Now to make the body of the fly, reverse tie in a clump of white bucktail. Three loose wraps with the thread then tighten it down and watch for spinning. Try to keep the bucktail evenly spread around the fly. We don’t want the fly to run sideways through the water. Then push the bucktail toward the back of the fly ( picture 3B) and build a thread base directly in front of the clump and onto the leading edge of the bucktail, then secure.
Tip: Add another drop of glue. Make sure everything is even.
Step 4: Tie in the wing
Now take a slightly smaller clump of buck tail and tie in onto the top of the hook shank and trim. This is your keel and keeps the fly riding right side up.
Step 5: The throat
Turn the fly upside or spin it upside down if you have a rotary vise. Tie in a inch long piece of red synthetic yack hair for the Predator’s throat.
Tip: Make sure the material is secure and then add another drop of sure glue.
Let the super glue dry and whip finish. Then apply a drop of glue on the back of the eyes. I prefer the holographic eyes and place them just before the eye of the hook. Let fly dry and start to mix up some 5 minute epoxy. As the epoxy start to cue drop a small drop on top of the hook between the eyes and then flip the fly and fill entire gap between the eyes on the bottom of the fly with epoxy and then spin until it has cured either on a turner or on the vise.
Tip: Make sure you have more epoxy on the bottom then the top. This will help the fly ride correctly through the water.
Now here you have it, Tidewater Charters’ Predator! This fly has proven itself all over the Bay and has put big fish in the boat! Good luck and I hope to see you out on the water!
Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Fishing
We specialize in Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing and Chesapeake Bay Light Tackle fishing for striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay! From beginners to the most advanced anglers Tidewater Charters is the number one choice for a great time and experience while chasing the east coast’s favorite inshore game fish!
Our philosophy is move with the fish. Starting the season out on the Upper Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing and Chesapeake Bay Light Tackle fishing for striped bass and ending the season in Lower Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing and Chesapeake Bay Light Tackle fishing for migratory winter striped bass. The Chesapeake Bay is home to the largest group of migratory striped bass in the world and for anglers that translates to some great fishing in your own backyard!
Check out our new step by step fly tying post!
Looking for something different?! Try one of Tidewater Charters’ destination trips! Try the Florida Keys! Tarpon, tuna, sailfish and grouper are just a few of the species that we target down south!