Videos by My Leaky Waders

Virginia is for Fly Fishers

Four years.

Four years was all I had to fish the heck out of the great state of Virginia. From the mountains to the coast. I paddled, hiked, drove, waded, climbed, crawled, camped, froze and sweat for these fish. I made lifelong friends, ate way too much BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville and indulged in my fair share of Virginia ales.

It may be true that Virginia is for Lovers… But you know what? It is also for hard core fly fishers with opportunities to scratch any fly fishing itch.

I didn't' even come close to exploring all the Virginia fishery has to offer. Muskies, tarpon, carp, CCBT drum and winter stripers, bass, gar, shad and on, and on, and on... I guess I'll just have to make an annual pilgrimage.

Here's to you, Virginia.

Music: Josh Ritter "Getting Ready to Get Down"

Harkers Island 101

The folks who fish from the shore of Harkers Island, North Carolina are lovingly referred to as the "Sand People." Just like the Tusken Raiders from those movies that one guy (George Loomis or something?) made, little is known about the Sand People and their lifestyle. I present to you a short expose about the elusive fly fisherman and their obsessive quest to hook up with a False Albacore from the banks of Harkers Island. Was this trip a success? You'll just have to watch and see for yourself.

Rush to the Driftless

I traveled back to the homeland for a week of family and friends. Fly rod and tenkara in tote, my dad and I met up with the Winona Fly Factory (winonaflyfactory.com) fisherman and we explored some of what the Driftless area has to offer for trout fishing. The tenkara rod ended up being a great option for my dad, someone who is pretty new to fly fishing. He took to it well. It was a long time on the water, but we had a great weekend fishing, finding morel mushrooms, and hanging out at the barn.

Cast 'n Swim in Warmer Waters

We seek refuge in the warmer waters of southern countries when the winters begin to drag. Fly rod in tow, I tried my hand at tropical fish. We snorkeled and SCUBA dived to find the ones we didn't catch. If you keep your eyes peeled at 3:42, you'll see my elusive Permit swimming through the frame. Now, stop watching and go catch some fish.

Specks in Hand

A morning on the water. The speckled trout will be leaving us soon making way for the striped bass.

Stripers Like Dominoes

For graduation, my parents asked what I wanted. I said a fly fishing trip in my new home.
Sara and I went fly fishing for striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay with Capt. Chris Newsome of Bay Fly Fishing. This was Sara's first time fly fishing and she did awesome!
It was a beautiful day, and the stripers fell like dominoes.