Nov. 2018 Club Meeting: Fly Fishing Fletcher’s Cove

By Dan Neuland

We have a great program for you this month. Fletcher’s Cove has been a locally renowned paddling and unique fishing destination since the 1850’s and provides access to the Potomac River as well as the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Fletcher’s Cove is home to Fletcher’s Boathouse, which was owned by the Fletcher Family from 1850 up until 2004 when the National Park Service acquired the property. It is now operated by Alex Binsted, our guest speaker at our next meeting on Tuesday, November 13th. Binsted will be explaining the myriad of fishing opportunities at Fletcher’s Cove for both fly and spin anglers. Anglers flock to Fletcher’s Cove for Striped Bass, American and Hickory Shad, Blue and Channel Catfish, Carp, Walleye, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass as well as the infamous Northern Snakeheads.

Alex Binsted with a striped bass
Alex Binsted

Binsted was born and raised within walking distance of the Potomac River in Washington, DC. Much of his youth was spent fishing at Fletcher’s Boathouse and later on, many days of skipped school were spent catching Shad from the banks of the Potomac. Almost three decades later he still lives in the same neighborhood and spends most of his free time fishing the river and the C&O Canal. When he’s not fishing he works as a manager at Fletcher’s Boathouse and spends his spare time building furniture using reclaimed wood from the river basin. 

Binsted will also be selling his popular Bucktail jigs and flies designed by Binsted for Shad, Bass and Carp.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to discover or reacquaint yourself with the extraordinary fishing opportunities at Fletcher’s Cove.

Hope to see you on the 13th!