Founded in 1988 and now in its 26th year, the Potomac River Smallmouth Club (PRSC) is the Washington D.C. area's leading river fishing and conservation organization. We promote catch and release angling for smallmouth bass, support conservation organizations and agencies, publish a monthly newsletter, present monthly programs with guest speakers, and organize river trips for our members. ...more
When John Odenkirk of the Virginia Department of Natural Resources spoke to the club in September 2013, he identified Joe Bruce as one of the best he’s seen at catching the Snakeheads that live in our local waters. Coming from a guy who has zapped and handled as many fish as John O, that’s a pretty strong endorsement!
After hearing this endorsement, we went about securing Joe as a speaker, and he has agreed to join the club for our March 26th meeting. Joe will talk to the club about Snakehead fishing by a number of different methods. You can get a head start by checking out his book on the topic, available at his website, www.joebruce.net.
Joe Bruce started fly fishing some 50+ years ago, and soon after started to tie his own flies. He developed a love of designing flies that has never left him. A half century of fishing has given Joe a pretty good understanding of fish and their environment. He opened The Fisherman’s Edge Fly Shop in 1989 and it existed for 15 years before he decided to retire and play more. Joe estimates that over the years he has helped thousands of folks to enjoy fly fishing. In retirement, Joe became a freelance writer and authored four books and numerous booklets on fly fishing and tying. Among other designs, Joe has developed some interesting adaptations of classic trout streamer patterns for bass fishing.
Most recently Joe has turned his attention to chasing Northern Snakeheads, the dreaded “Frankenfish” that started appearing in the lower portion of the Potomac in 2004. His most recent book, which focuses primarily on pursuing northern snakeheads using conventional tackle, with some advice on fly fishing for the species, is an excellent read.
It appears that the Snakeheads are here to stay, so why not learn more about them and where and how to catch them? Please join us for what promises to be an engaging and informative evening.
For more information on the distribution of the Northern Snakehead in Virginia and regulations regarding possession, as well as links to other resources, refer to the relevant Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries FAQ page.
Joe Bruce with one of the many large Northern Snakeheads he has taken from local waters