Mark Hoekzema, Recreational Angler
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Posted on July 19, 2012 | Permalink
Excellent Trout Fishing on the Upper North Branch
Location: Upper Northern Branch of the Potomac
I spent a day fishing a small tributary to the Upper North Branch last weekend. The stream ran very nicely with cool water and was very shaded. There was excellent pocket water as the stream cascaded down toward the Potomac. Fishing was excellent. I caught many nice brook trout between 6-10 inches and even a couple rainbows as I worked my way downstream. I fished the stream for about 3 hours and then fished the North Branch for another hour. Where the cool stream entered the river, there were a number of trout congregated around the inlet. Including a couple trout that pushed 18 inches or so. I ended up landing 4 more rainbows at this spot and quickly released them back into the cool stream water at the mouth.
The brook trout were hitting dries and I used a number of different patterns – seems anything that floated nice and high worked well. In the Potomac, I used a size 10 stimulator with a size 16 mayfly nymph dropper – olive. Both worked nicely.