I've been haunted by a large smallmouth I hooked last fall and eventually lost after it got loose after a few jumps. The spot on the upper Monocacy has done well for me, and I've found it to be a pleasant place to wade. Yesterday, however, it was disappointing.
The water was higher than I was used to from previous visits (2.0 at Frederick and 2.1 at Bridgeport) probably because I usually fish there later in the season, and wading was a little trickier. Despite trying a variety of flies I caught no bass, but about a half dozen bream and a fallfish saved the outing.