Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers is a wonderfully diverse group of anglers with one thing in common: the fly rod. Located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, we are a nonprofit charter club of the Federation of Fly Fishers dedicated to conserving, restoring and educating through fly fishing.

Operating as usual

11/18/2021

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
Please Join me at 6:30pm on Tuesday 14 Dec for dinner at Ristorante Renato 422 William St Fredericksburg, VA 22401.Dinner will be Dutch treat. RSVP required if you plan to attend by 10 Dec so I can give the restaurant a heads count.

Tight Lines and Happy Holidays,
Craig Conover
325-665-8951

11/16/2021

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
We have a new meeting location and night. We will start meeting at Fredericksburg Baptist Church on the third Tuesday of the month. Room has been updated. Enter the church from Caroline St, go down stairs to the fellowship hall. Masks and social distancing will be required while in the building.

Same meeting format of fly tying 6pm and 7pm general meeting.

If you have a suggestion for a presentation or want to present something let me know.

See you tomorrow night.
Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

11/08/2021

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,

We have a new meeting location and night. We will start meeting at Fredericksburg Baptist Church on the third Tuesday of the month. Plan to park in the church lot at the corner of Princess Anne St and Ameilia downtown Fredericksburg. Enter the church from Princess Anne St through the doors between the buildings. Masks and social distancing will be required while in the building.

Same meeting format of fly tying 6pm and 7pm general meeting.

If you have a suggestion for a presentation or want to present something let me know.

Thanks to all the veterans in the club for your military service.

Tight Lines,

Craig Conover

10/19/2021

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
Join me this Thursday evening for our October meeting at Friends of the Rappahannock.in the pavillon. Fly tying starts at 6pm and club meeting at 7pm. We will start with fishing stories from the last month.

Review details for the club tournament at Double Spur Outfitters Starr Tannery, VA. BTW, we still have a slot for one more team. If interested in joining let Lars and I know.

We will discuss tips for trout fishing in preparation for the club tournament this Sunday. What has been your most productive style of trout fishing? Do you have confidence in fishing streamers, nymphs and dry flies? We will review fish handling and release.

Upcoming events
24 Oct Club trout tournament at Double Spur Outfitters
18 Nov Club meeting
16 Dec club meeting
15-16 Jan Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival
20 Jan Club meeting

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

09/15/2021

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
Please join the club for our 16 September club meeting at Friends of the Rappahannock Pavilion (3219 Fall Hill Avenue, Fredericksburg)

Fly tying from 6-7pm Club meeting starting at 7pm. Our presentation this month will be Local fishing reports, Fall fishing. What are your favorite fall fishing options?

upcoming events:

9 Oct Youth Sportsman Expo Curtis Park 10am Fly tying and casting instruction, volunteers needed
21 Oct club meeting
24 Oct Cedar Creek - Trout Tournament contact Lars to register. We have one team slot left and could fit another 3 or 4 individuals as the third member of a team.

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

08/21/2021
www.vdh.virginia.gov

Fellow Fly Fishers,
Due to low and hot water conditions Shenandoah National Park has suspended fishing in the park.

https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/news/shenandoah-national-park-temporarily-suspends-fishing.htm

There has also been toxic algae on the Shenandoah River and at Lake Anna.

https://fnfsr.org/algae-watch/

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/178/2021/08/NF-Shenanodah-HAB-Status-Report-8.10.21.pdf

Stay safe our there and give the trout a rest in these hot water conditions.

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

08/14/2021

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
Please join the club for our 19 August club meeting at Friends of the Rappahannock Pavilion (3219 Fall Hill Avenue, Fredericksburg) Fly tying from 6-7pm Club meeting starting at 7pm. Our presentation this month will be Local fishing reports, Rocky Mountain Trip Report.

upcoming events
16 Sept club meeting
9 Oct Youth Sportsman Expo Curtis Park
21 Oct club meeting
24 Oct Cedar Creek - Trout Tournament contact Lars to register

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

07/15/2021

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
Tonight is our July club meeting. We will meet at Friends of the Rappahannock in the outdoor pavilion near the river. Fly tying from 6-7pm, bring a vise and materials for your fly of choice. General club meeting 7-9pm. We will discuss recent fishing. Our presentation will be a year of fly fishing by Will Doherty. Will graduated high school last year and spent the past year learning to fly fish as a gap year before starting college this fall at Rice University.

We will have a few raffle items to help the club bank account.

See you tonight.

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

06/20/2021

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
Let's go fishing! Join me for a float trip on the Rapidan River Saturday 26 June. We will meet at 7am at the Ely's Ford canoe launch. We will then shuttle a few trucks over to the Hunting Run launch and float the river. BYOB = Bring Your Own Boat. If you don't have a Canoe or Kayak let me know so we can pair you up with a club member to fish.

What to bring:
lunch, drinks, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, life jackets, canoe or kayak and paddles
Fly rods in the 5-8 weight range with floating lines
Flies: Bass poppers, crawfish, minnow patterns

Please RSVP to me by Thursday evening, so we have a head count and know who has a canoe, kayak or needs a ride.

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

Fellow Fly Fishers,Please join us for the 17 June club meeting. We will meet virtually on Google Meet.Meeting URL : http...
06/11/2021
Meet

Fellow Fly Fishers,
Please join us for the 17 June club meeting. We will meet virtually on Google Meet.

Meeting URL : https://meet.google.com/ocv-ozim-qfn

6pm Fly tying session
7pm club meeting Our presentation guest speaker is Casey Peltier to tell us about the Casting for Recovery program. Program coordinators Marnie DiCristi and Carolyn Harvey will also be on for additional questions.

Upcoming events:
26 June Rapidan River Float - Small mouth bass canoe and kayak trip 7am -~3pm

****Fall date TBD *** Club Day at Cedar Creek Starr Tannery, VA 12 June date cancelled due to weather\safety
Youth Sportsman Day October 9th at 10:00 am at the Curtis Lake Boat Ramp in Stafford.

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Fellow Fly FishersAdam Lynch asked me to pass on the info below as he is looking for Judges and participants for this ev...
06/04/2021
Reel'n for the Rapp - Fishing Tournament - Friends of the Rappahannock

Fellow Fly Fishers
Adam Lynch asked me to pass on the info below as he is looking for Judges and participants for this event.

I wanted to pass along information about FOR's upcoming first-ever fishing tournament. This event is a fundraiser for FOR and a good way to spread the word about our work.

We are recruiting people to both compete in the tournament and to serve as judges.

Here are some details about the event:
- The event is 2 weeks long (June 12-26)
- Participants register through the FOR website. Tickets are $25 for one participant, $45 for a team of 2, and $10 for a child under 16
- Participants will submit photos of their fish using the iAngler app, and compete for prizes for various categories, such as largest fish (across several species) and other small challenges.
- All participants will receive a special tape measure as part of the tournament. All measurements will be in length.
- Adults are allowed to fish only rivers and streams within the Rappahannock River system-- no lakes. Only participants under 16 can fish select lakes.

Judges
We are looking for 3 more judges. Judges will verify the photo entries to ensure that participants are being honest about the size and species of their fish. Each judge will need to log into the iAngler website on their computer every 1-2 days and click through photos of fish. The overall time commitment is less than an hour per day. Tournament participants cannot serve as judges.

Sign ups begin within the next week. Here's the Event page for the tournament: https://riverfriends.org/event/reeln-for-the-rapp-fishing-tournament/

Feel free to reach out to Adam by email or phone (540-809-2066) with questions.

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Adam Lynch
River Steward - Fredericksburg and Stafford
Friends of the Rappahannock
3219 Fall Hill Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Email: [email protected]
Cell: (540) 809-2066
Office: (540) 373-3448x115
Fax: (540) 373-8111

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

From June 12th – 26th, Friends of the Rappahannock will be hosting our first Watershed-wide Fishing Tournament, “Reel’n for the Rapp”! Reel’n for the Rapp will be a two week long tournament virtually hosted by the iAngler App. Participants of any age can fish anywhere within the streams an...

05/21/2021

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The next Club Day on Cedar Creek is scheduled for 12 June.

Cost is $60 for primary anglers (a Club member) and $25 for your adult guests. Kids 12 and under are free. Cost includes your rod fee, breakfast pastries, and a chili lunch.

We need two more primary anglers to meet the minimum requirement and have four slots remaining for guests.

If you're interested, please email Craig and / or Lars. If we don't fill the two primary angler slots by Sunday, we'll have to turn the slot back in and reschedule for the Fall.

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

Fellow Fly Fishers,Please join me for our 20 May club meeting. We will meet virtually on a Google meethttps://meet.googl...
05/19/2021
Meet

Fellow Fly Fishers,
Please join me for our 20 May club meeting. We will meet virtually on a Google meet
https://meet.google.com/nia-yapm-mte

Fly tying 6 to 7pm We will be tying cicada patterns.

General club meeting 7pm with club business and fish stories.
We will discuss the spring shad and striper on the Rappahannock fishing report
Review the recent trip some of us took to the South Holston and Watauga River in north west Tennessee.
We will also discuss the upcoming brood X cicada hatch and the impacts on the local fishing.

Upcoming events:
12 June Family Day at Cedar Creek
Must pre-register.

Friends of the Rappahannock Fishing tournament

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

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04/23/2021

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
We have reserved Cedar Creek for a club day on 12 June. Trout fishing for rainbow trout on Cedar Creek for club members, family, and guests.
Minimum number: 10 Anglers Maximum number: 16 Anglers Children under 16 don't count against numbers.

Cost:

- If Meals Provided: $60 primary angler, $20 adult guest, $10 child (10-15 years old), children under 10 - free. Cost includes rod fee, breakfast, and lunch.

- If Meals Not Provided: $50 primary angler, $20 adult guest, children 15 and under no charge).

Arrive Cedar Creek any time after 8:00.

I need someone in the club to take lead on this event coordination for meals and day of the event, as Lars and I will not be able to be there the day of the event. In the meantime let Lars and I know if you want to attend this event.

International Fly Fishing Film Fest (I4F)
The IF4 has short films showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. And it only costs $15. All the films I've seen in the past have been very enjoyable. The live event becomes available on April 23rd at 7:00 pm EDT, you'll have 48 hours to start watching.
https://watch.eventive.org/if4us/play/602598ec515e4b04f0185b2d

Fishing report:
Fishing on the Rappahannock this spring has been good. It has been great seeing some of the club regulars out on the river. Hickory Shad are still in the river. We have started to catch white perch and a few striped bass. I expect the Striped bass to improve over the next week or two. I recommend shad flies or bait fish patterns such as Kreelex minnow, Lefty's Deceivers or Clouser minnows.

Tight Lines
Craig Conover

Fellow Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,Please join me Thursday 15 April for our monthly club meeting. We will meet on Google ...
04/11/2021
Meet

Fellow Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
Please join me Thursday 15 April for our monthly club meeting. We will meet on Google meet.
https://meet.google.com/xag-ivgd-wyq

Fly tying 6pm What is your favorite cicada fly? This year is the Brood X 17 year hatch
Club meeting 7pm Our guest speaker is Mike Isel from Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. The presentation will cover the report on the Rappahannock River bass and snakehead.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Update on club website
Shad, and striper fishing reports
FFI membership renewals
Club fishing day at Cedar Creek 12 June

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

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Fellow Fly fishers,Please join me for our March club meeting on Google meet Thursday 18 March. Meeting URL: https://meet...
03/09/2021
Meet

Fellow Fly fishers,
Please join me for our March club meeting on Google meet Thursday 18 March.
Meeting URL: https://meet.google.com/uxq-gknn-krf
6-7pm tie your favorite shad and striper flies.
7pm club meeting Spring Shad and Striped Bass run

Historic Port of Falmouth Fishing permit info:
March 1st is upon us and with that comes the start of the 2021 Fishing Permit season. Residents and non-residents of Stafford County can purchase an after hours access permit to enter Aquia Landing Park and The Historic Port of Falmouth outside of normal park hours starting on Monday, March 1st. These passes are specifically for fishing outside of normal park hours as early and 5am and as late at 10pm only. A permit is not required during normal parks hours. Park users can sign up for a pass either in person or online via staffordparks.com. If they choose online, our office will call within 24 hours to give them the gate code that will allow them the after hours access. Please call us at 540-658-5116 if you have any further questions or concerns about the fishing permits. Thank you.


What: After Hours Fishing Permit
Who: Residents ($10) Non-Residents ($20) – This is per vehicle
Where: Aquia Landing and HPOF
When: March 1st through Labor Day
How: Register online or in person at Community Recreation Office (Rowser building on Route 1 next to Stafford county jail)

20 March - FFFF 3 Fly Trout Fishing Tournament

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

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Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,Please join our February virtual meeting on Google Meet https://meet.google.com/udv-ohhq-caf ...
02/12/2021
Seven Bends State Park

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
Please join our February virtual meeting on Google Meet https://meet.google.com/udv-ohhq-caf Fly Tying from 6-7pm and club meeting starting at 7pm

The presentation this month will cover Seven Bends State park and Friends of the North Fork Shenandoah River. Our guest speakers will include Thomas Stevens, the Park Ranger, Dave Brotman from the FNFSR, and Julia Sargent, the FNFSR volunteer coordinator.
The URL for the Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, "https://fnfsr.org/" FNFSR hosts a Seven Bends Lecture series that will be covering the habitat and geology of the North Fork. The URL for the Seven Bends State Park, "https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/seven-bends#general_information".

Thanks to Kevin for organizing our guest speakers for this meeting.

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

Seven Bends State Park is a day-use park providing public access to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. It features two hand-carry boat launches, picnic areas, one single family-sized picnic shelter, vault restrooms, and 8 miles of hiking trails.

01/20/2021
Meet

Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers,
Happy New Year! Please Join me this Thursday for our January club meeting. This month we will meet virtually using Google Meets yet again. The meeting URL is https://meet.google.com/hbn-fhtv-jey You can join from computer or smart phone.

We will start with fly tying at 6 pm. Setup your vise in view of your camera and share a favorite or new fly with our fellow fly fishers.

We will have the general club meeting at 7pm. It is time for our annual club elections and and to discuss activities for the year.

We also need to discuss updating the club web site. Chip has identified a resource to build us a new site and less expensive hosting service. What are your suggestions for features on this new site? any of you want to champion this effort with the vendor?

Events fishing trips to discuss are: Monthly meetings, and programs

First Ever FFFF 3 Fly Tournament 20 March at Cedar Creek

We will then tell fishing stories and about recent trips and adventures.

PS, If you prefer to be dropped from the club email blast please let me know.

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

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12/16/2020
Meet

Fellow fly fishers,
Please join me for our 17 December club meeting. Due to the cold weather and new COVID-19 restrictions I have setup a virtual meeting. We will meet using Google Meet. The meeting can be accessed from the following URL:

https://meet.google.com/dcw-ptjo-yao

We will meet from 6-7 for fly tying. Share your favorite seasonal fly pattern.

Starting at 7pm we will discuss fishing. Bring your recent fishing stories. We will have a report from the recent Club Family day at Cedar Creek. Spoiler alert Andrew out fished the rest of the folks. His Euro Nymphing setup was the ticket. We will discuss techniques that worked and discuss a future event at Cedar Creek.

If you have gear or tactic questions, let me know or a topic you want to discuss?

Tight Lines,
Craig Conover

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Rapp carp on 9 wt
Just wanted to share some of our Argentina experiences.
Three stripers and plenty of shad below town this evening.
Hi RE: Hickory Shad Creel Recommendations I am conerned that the Hickory shad will be overfished due to no creel limits by VMRC. If you concur please send a email to email list below. Please email me [email protected] on your view of this subject. To 'O'Reilly, Rob (MRC)'
Was hoping to make the group float but a conflict came up. Does anyone have recommendations on a good sit on top kayak for fly fishing on the Rappahannock? I've got a couple of the hybrid sit inside kayaks that are nice for fly fishing but am looking into a sit on top that is stable but not crazy heavy. I know the Mayfly is designed for fly fishing but it's a pretty big, heavy boat. Thanks!
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