- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Perhaps it’s too late to put them under a tree, but here are three locally produced DVDs that will help any angler; each would make a fine belated gift.

Potomacbass.com and Andy Andrzejewski, the well-known fishing guide of the Reel Bass Adventures group, have co-produced “Tours of the Potomac, Volume 1, Nanjemoy Creek.”

This DVD, the first for a number of pinpoint fishing locations that are part of the largemouth waters of the tidal Potomac between Washington and the western parts of Charles County, Md., appears to have been made strictly for bass fishermen who already are into the sport.

Andrzejewski, a wizard when it comes to finding willing fish, is inside the Nanjemoy, a meandering, quiet Charles County tributary to the Potomac. He quickly sets the stage and begins fishing near the mouth of the waterway in the narrow Little Creek, a small Nanjemoy feeder, hooking a small striper, a white perch and a bass. The variety is so typically Southern Maryland.

However, at the beginning he doesn’t mention what types of lures he’s using or what time of year it is. If you’re a novice you need to know such things, but those who are familiar with the sport will be happy just knowing where to fish. Andrzejewski says, “This is the first of a series, the first in a ‘tour’ of the Potomac. It’s not a how-to-fish DVD. But perhaps in the next video we’ll add a little about lures and such.”

Eventually, however, you will see a spinnerbait when Andrzejewski enters the Nanjemoy’s King’s Creek and hooks bass, and he does mention using plastic worms, a jig ‘n’ pig and a lipped crankbait. What Andrzejewski should be saluted for is actually showing in detail a number of top-producing bass spots up and down the Nanjemoy. Not many guides would share some of their money-making “go-to” fish locations.

The Potomac tour/Nanjemoy Creek DVD is available at potomacbass.com and reelbassadventures.com for $16.95. Shipping and handling is included.

Next are two teaching aids that feature fabulous fly fisherman Lefty Kreh, a native Marylander who is recognized by fly anglers worldwide.

The first is “The Best of Lefty’s Tips, Tactics & Techniques For Fly Fishing,” (90 minutes, DVD only), which, of course, features the master, Kreh. This disc brings together all of Lefty’s best tips for anglers in an easy-access menu where you can choose and review subjects like selecting and using the proper rods and reels; dealing with line and leaders; knot strength and hook sharpness; picking the best flies for every situation; tips for waders; weather; and special casting, retrieving and presentation techniques.

The other video, “Lefty Kreh on Fly Casting,” (68 minutes, DVD or VHS) might very well be the most comprehensive fly casting DVD made by the world’s most recognized fly fisherman. Kreh covers all the basics in such detail that anyone could watch the footage and learn how to flycast. But even advanced fly casters can learn from a host of tips, aids and exercises that will improve casting distance and accuracy.

Among some of the specific disciplines you will be familiarized with are casting into the wind, roll casting, double-hauling, casting into tight spots and quickly changing casting direction. The producers, Reel Resources, even employed a second camera angle so you can study Lefty’s techniques from both sides of his body, as well as what happens behind the cast so you will see the smooth motion and how it affects accuracy and distance.

Each costs $29.95, plus $5.95 shipping and handling. Order them from Reel Resources in Alexandria, reelresources.com or call 800/661-5918.

Maryland deer record — Maryland’s two-week modern firearm deer season saw 43,455 successful hunters — a record preliminary count. Liberalized bag limits and favorable weather conditions in much of Maryland likely were factors that led to an increase in deer taken in Region B, which is the whole state except for Allegany and Garrett counties.

Virginia, meanwhile, isn’t done with its modern gun season. We’ll have those totals in early January.

EVENTS

Trout Unlimited chapter meeting — Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m.,at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, 400 Center Street, Vienna. The Northern Virginia chapter of Trout Unlimited invites the public to hear James Luppens talk about catching North Carolina’s false albacore on a flyrod — a remarkable fishing feat. Free. The main program will be preceded by a fly tying demonstration at 6:45. Information: www.nvatu.org.

Chesapeake fishing series — Starts Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.; also Jan. 24 and 31; Feb. 7, 14 and 28, and again March 7 and 14, at the Maplewood-Alta Vista Recreation Center, 5209 Alta Vista Road, Bethesda. $85 ($95 for non-Montgomery County residents). Eight classes will be moderated by Jay Bernstein. Learn about fishing equipment, techniques, best bay locations, how to troll, chum, bottom-fish, jig, use a depth finder, outfit a boat. Fine professional bay captins will help throughout the series, including Kerry Muse, Chuck Fisher, Hank DeVito, George Prenant, Richie Gaines, Tom Hughes and Pete Dahlberg. To register, call 240/777-6870 or www.mcrd.net on the Web.

Washington Camping-RV Expo — Jan. 14-16, at the Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, Va. Admission $8; ages 6 to 16, $2; under 6, free. Hours vary, but show is generally open at 10 a.m. Register to win a Tucson camping trailer by Fleetwood. All types of recreational vehicles and accessories, representatives of campgrounds, camping resorts and companies showing accessories and parts will also be present. Information: www.royalshows.com.

The Fly Fishing Show — Jan. 15-16, 9-5, at Reckord Armory, University of Maryland, College Park. Over 36 programs per day on how-to-fish and where-to-go, continuous fly tying instruction, casting demonstrations, 100 exhibitor booths with flyfishing equipment. Local and national fly fishing experts will be on hand. Door prizes. Admission, $14; children under 12, $2. Information: www.flyfishingshow.com or 800/420-7582.

Look for Gene Mueller’s Outdoors column Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, only in The Washington Times. E-mail: gmueller@washingtontimes.com

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