Get caught up on saltwater fly fishing

March 14, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

For some years now, saltwater fly fishing has been on the upswing in the Chesapeake and its tributaries, and next weekend presents a good opportunity for anglers to learn more about deceiving blues and stripers with offshore and surf flies.

The event is the National-Capitol Fly Fishing Show, which opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Reckord Armory on the University of Maryland campus in College Park.

The show will focus on the latest equipment and techniques for saltwater fly fishing as well as the more traditional trout and bass fishing.

Among the speakers at the show's free seminars will be George Harvey, Greg Hoover, Dave Hughes, A. K. Best, Harry Murray, Bob Clouser and Bob Popovics.

A fly-tiers aisle will offer show-goers an opportunity to learn to tie simple and difficult patters for fresh and salt water fishing.

Casting demonstrations also will be available, as will a new feature, Destination Theatre, an area of the show that will be equipped so that guides, lodges and travel services can present slide shows of possible destinations.

Admission to the show is $10 for adults and $2 for children under 12.

Perch fishing to get difficult

Reports early last week of good yellow perch fishing failed to take into consideration high and muddy water in many tidal rivers. Snowfall, high winds and the ensuing runoff will probably make fishing difficult well into next week.

Cold temperatures, including a prediction of a low in the teens tonight, will contribute to poor conditions.

Taking the chill off

This is the time of year that fishermen and river runners begin to think about getting their boats out. It also is the time of year when special care should be taken because of the dangers of hypothermia.

The symptoms of hypothermia -- the chilling of the core body temperature -- are heavy shivering, blued lips or finger tips, numbness in limbs and clumsiness, and pain from the cold.

Improper clothing can lead to hypothermia, but the more common cause is falling overboard or falling into the water when wading.

Wear layered clothing when outdoors for the best insulation. If you are on a boat, wear your personal flotation device.

If you fall into the water, climb ashore if your have been wading or stay with the boat and get aboard it if your are unable to wade ashore.

Once out of the water, get out of the wind by finding a lee behind a rock or tree or lying down below a gunwale or going into a boat's cabin.

Do not take your wet clothes off unless there are dry clothes

available. Even wet clothes will help trap heat, as will a PFD, especially in the crucial core area of the heart and lungs.

The best treatment for hypothermia is to get the victim into a warm environment as quickly as possible.

Gunpowder River cleanup

The Trout Unlimited cleanup stream walk along the Gunpowder River is Saturday. Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot at the end of Bunker Hill Road at 9 a.m.

Annapolis' Jobson sets sail

Annapolis' Gary Jobson, editor at-large for Yachting Magazine, is in the midst of a 15-day sailing expedition around Cape Horn to film a television documentary. The one-hour show, "The Lure of Cape Horn," will be telecast at 6 p.m. on June 5 on ESPN.

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