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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Seneca Breaks on the Potomac

This series of rapids is opposite Lock Number 23 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Lock Number 23 is better known as Violettes Lock, named after the family who last tended it. Just upriver from the breaks is a rubble dam which was constructed to divert water from the river to the canal, and the dam creates an area of slack water above it.

Today I waded along the breaks and caught many small bluegill on a six weight fly rod. Air temps in the 70's and water level .97 at Point of Rocks.


  1. Thanks for this reminder of Seneca Breaks. As a teenager I fished there in the late 60's, wading, tossing nightcrawlers unweighted on 3 lb. line. Had plunged earlier paper route earnings into a grey anodized Pfleuger FreeFlite reel and white Shakespeare Omni-Action 7' rod. Vintage stuff. I can't recall how I first found my way to Violettes Lock. Maybe from a fishing report in the old Evening Star. It was a great place then and probably even better (cleaner water) now. Always an adventure out in the river rocks, and I caught lots of fish -- bluegills, smallmouth, catfish and occasional carp. Just finished reading Patti Smith's "Just Kids" and trying to remember what I was doing in summer of 1967 -- this was it. Seneca Breaks. Bob Seaton, Tallahassee, Florida.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Bob. Odd coincidence that my wife just brought home that book for me to read. Oh, and I spent a chunk of the summer of '68 in the Florida panhandle, Panama City in particular.