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    Default Fishing upper Potomac river question.

    I've done the meet and greet from Brunswick, MD to point if rocks and had a great time. I have a buddy that wants to get into kayak fishing and lives in Hagerstown. Is anybody familiar with that part of the river? I'm really just looking for a decent float trip (good put in and take out points) what to expect fishing wise as far as size of smallmouth. Any major hazards in the area. Any info is appreciated. Thanks.


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    Try this link, http://maryland.maps.arcgis.com/apps...def94&find=608

    It shows every single launch point in Maryland.
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    Also Big Slackwater gets hammered in the Spring and Summer with big boats. The water is really deep there for a lot of miles do too dam #4. So people water ski and pontoon party boats. The more up stream you go the shallower it gets with lots of rocks, so most boats stay South of the railroad bridge. Unless they got jets.
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    Fishmoken,
    ArcheryRob and I live around the Hagersippy area and fish the Upper Potomac a lot, hit us up if you want to do a float. We have trailers to transport between launch points. I fish dam 5 area a lot in the evenings after work, we avoid big slack water between Williamsport and Dam 4 due to all the boat and jet skiers.

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    I really like the area around Taylor's Landing, near Antietam Battlefield.
    From my canoe, I put in at Taylor's (dual ramps split by a ledge) head a couple of miles upstream, above Shepherds Island, and drift down. A mix of ledges and pools.
    The area between Taylor's Landing and Snyder's Landing, down below to Shepherdstown is O.K.

    There are no major obstacles, just a couple of ledges, and some current below Shepherd's Island and below Taylor's Landing.

    You can set up a shuttle between Dam 4 and any of the next couple of ramps: Taylor's, Snyder's, or in Shepherdstown depending how long you want to be on the water.
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    Yea, tell him to PM me or Greg and he can do floats with us. Taylors, Shepardstown or Antietam area would be my after work spot. Right where Antietam creek flows in is a great kayak spot with a cart. When the water is low jet boats can't even get in there and even normal water most don't like running the Dargen shoot to get up there.
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    I have waded at Taylors Landing a few times, it getts deep very fast above the ledge at the launch, but there are decent smallies to be had even ~20' up river from the ramp. Downstream looks more promising, but I have never had much luck there. I would love to take my yak out there, but I am very very wary of spots with a lot of current, as all my yaking experience is either impoundments or tidal rivers with little to no current.
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    Drew,
    Hit Rob or I up and we will show you how to float that area. nothing to be worried about unless the river is up. Most of the time during the summer you can wade that stretch very easily.

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    Try to find a copy of Ken Penrod's excellent book: "Fishing the Upper Potomac River"

    I looked on BookFinder.com and they listed several copies for about $30.00.
    While some of the tackle info may be a bit dated, the geographic features are gonna pretty much remain the same. I mean, how much can a ledge wear down in 25 years?

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    Hey guys, thanks for all the great info! I think I will be getting in contact with a few of y'all about setting up a float trip at some point this year. It was a lot of fun at the meet and greet but haven't been back since.


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