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Rods & Reels in Maryland's Patapsco State Park

Transform your ordinary day into discoveries and connecting to your local Maryland waters.

Come on out to Maryland’s Daniel’s Dam on Sunday, April 16, 2023 compliments of The Friends of the Patapsco, Free-State Fly Fishers, Potomac Patuxent Trout Unlimited ChapterMaryland’s Department of Natural Resources and Transformative Travel. 

We’re proud to honor you for stepping out intensionally and bringing attention to Maryland’s world-class fishing waters here in Maryland’s Patapsco State Park. 

Registration is open now! Spots are limited to to just 35-40 participants due to parking constraints and river capacity so enroll here.


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Fly fishing creates great bonds in the outdoors, connects you to your precious watershed! So come honor your local waters with your attention. Learn about the various species of fish and where to look for them. Get a head-start to the summer and manifest precious moments in Maryland’s rich habitat. 

FFI’s certified Casting instructor Misty Dhillon will be giving FREE fly casting lessons. We’ll have plenty of rods and reels for everyone to have a go. Learn about various presentations and even fly tying. 

***Just make sure you have your fishing license, but only if you are over 15 years of age – as anglers of 15 years and below aren’t required to purchase a fishing license. So make the most of this privilege, compliments of the state of Maryland to take the youth out fishing and exploring themselves on their local waters. 

The Patapsco River is the last link in a chain of rivers that feed into Chesapeake Bay. It flows through Maryland, and is one of the most interesting features within the park that provide anglers with a variety of challenges and opportunities and explore themselves through a variety of fishing and fly fishing methods that goes anywhere from popping for the invasive snakehead. Or sight fly fishing for small mouth bass which are plentiful in the Patapsco river as well as Daniels Dam, believe it or not. 

The upper section consists mostly of marshy areas along its banks where wildlife can be seen including bald eagles and osprey birds as well as great blue heron nests along with ducks, geese and other waterfowl species living here too! 

The best way to fish this river is by floating it, on either a canoe, or standup paddle board. 

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