The Potomac River is 358 miles long, beginning at a place called Fairfax Stone, just 500 yards inside West Virginia territory, and ending at/in the Chesapeake Bay. The river is owned by Maryland except for about 11.5 miles deeded to Washington, D.C. Only 108 miles of this famous drainage is tidal water while the balance is free flowing water-and a seemingly forgotten smallmouth bass fishery, a smallmouth bass paradise. I’ve been fishing this river since 1961 so I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. There were years when we went several days without catching a bass and there were days when we caught more than one hundred. I’ve distilled the top hamlets so you can benefit from my experience. My favorite areas of the upper Potomac River are Edwards Ferry, Whites Ferry, Lander and Shepherdstown with Lander as the hands-down favorite. We had a pole-mounted cabin on the shores of this stretch for about 25-years. I’m going to explain how I fish this water and from time to time I will write about other stretches.