Yesterday I fished with a good friend of mine on the James River. We originally were going to fish for musky all day but I wanted to get in some smallmouth bass fishing before they headed down deep. We started out the first hour of the trip fishing for the toothy guys and moved a giant that followed my fly during the figure eight. I also had a fish in the high 30’s inch range follow the fly three times to the boat. I switched over to a popper shortly after the musky encounters. I didn’t think I would catch anything on topwater with fall being here and cooler weather. It took about three cast and a smallmouth bass came up and ate. Surely a fluke right? Nope, we had good action for the whole day on top. There were more fish deep than shallow, but still had a good number of big bass cruising the banks and shallow structure. I will likely not run anymore bass trips this year so this was a good closer to a great bass season.