- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 2, 2005

There is good and bad news about Fletcher’s Boat House on the Potomac River off Canal Road.

The Fletcher brothers, Ray and Joe, have decided to retire, and this town will miss these friendly, helpful fishermen. Their boat house and boat rentals have been a Washington institution for 145 years. That will become a part of history.

However, Steve Lebel, the concession manager of the National Capital Region of the National Park Service, which owns the property, says not to worry. It hopes to have a new concessionaire in place before the arrival of hickory shad (usually March 15-20), white shad (expect them in the first week of April) and rockfish, white perch and herring (by the end of March).

“You won’t see any change,” Lebel said. “Everything you’ve seen before will be there again, including the boat rentals.”

Lebel is negotiating with another company to run the boat livery and tackle operation. Details will be announced next week.

EVENTS

Trout Unlimited meeting — Today, 7:30p.m., at McLean VFW Post 8241. The Northern Virginia chapter of Trout Unlimited invites the public to hear George Layton of the Tysons Corner Orvis store talk about special clothing for every weather condition in our area. Free. The program will be preceded at 6:45 by a fly-tying demonstration. Information: nvatu.org.

Western Maryland Sports Show — Saturday-Sunday, at Washington County Agricultural Center near Hagerstown. Fishing, hunting and boat displays, seminars, guest speakers, tackle and hunting gear deals, exhibits. Homemade pies, sandwiches, soups. Admission: $5 (under 16, free). Information: 301/797-8289.

National Capital Boat Show — March 10-13, at Dulles Expo Center. The show will feature 40 dealers with ski boats, saltwater boats, pontoons, bass boats, motor yachts, jet boats, deck boats, PWCs and runabouts. Exhibits also include boat accessories, parts, electronics, and boating safety products. Admission: $8 ($2 for children age 6 to 16; free for those less than 6 years old. Free parking. Information: royalshows.com.

Maryland Bowhunters Society fete — March 19, 7p.m., at Snyder’s at Willow Grove in Linthicum. Banquet auctions and raffles run from 8 until 11p.m. The public is invited. Cost: $35 (includes food and drink). Questions? Send e-mail to [email protected] or for tickets call 410/643-6966.

Bay Bridge Boat Show — April 21-24, at Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville (Kent Island), Md. Admission: $12 (under 12, $6). Parking costs $2. Opens daily at 10a.m. Hundreds of new and brokerage boats, yachts, runabouts, inflatables. Boat accessories, services and equipment. Information: 410/268-8828.

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