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Bronze Medals

If fish were medals the smallmouth bass would definitely be the Bronze.  Even though the bronze medal means you came in third, I wouldn't rate the smallmouth bass (Bronzebacks) as a third place fish.  Smallmouth has always been my favorite fish in freshwater.  This week I started throwing topwater flies with clients and the smallies [...]

By |2016-06-24T18:19:46+00:00June 24th, 2016|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

Smallmouth Season

What I consider the smallmouth season has arrived.  We had a very wet May and I was unable to get after the smallmouth bass during the latter part of the month.  The first part of June I had a very relaxing week with my family at the beach.  Even got in a little red fishing [...]

By |2016-06-16T20:19:24+00:00June 16th, 2016|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

17 Year Hatch

After catching trout on periodic cicada fly patterns on the Jackson river last week.  I have been foaming at the mouth to get up to Lake Moomaw to see how the emergence was going there.  I made it up to the lake yesterday and I was a bit nervous the bugs wouldn't be thick.  When [...]

By |2016-06-02T20:07:15+00:00June 2nd, 2016|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

Pleasant Surprise

Yesterdays trip brought a unexpected surprise for my client Brian.  The periodic cicada emergence has been slow with cooler than normal air temps.  But this week we received air temps well into the 80's.  The northern part of Allegheny county is one of the few areas in Virginia that will have a emergence.  Yesterday I [...]

By |2016-05-27T13:09:46+00:00May 27th, 2016|Trout Fishing|0 Comments

Drought Buster

It has been a interesting May to say the least.  Another 1-2 inches of rain is coming today to throw a wrench in my plans for the upcoming week with clients.  Maybe this one will miss us.  My striped bass season at Weldon, NC on the Roanoke river ended before it had a chance to [...]

By |2016-05-20T14:03:36+00:00May 20th, 2016|Striper Fishing, Trout Fishing|0 Comments

One Extreme to the Next

Well the drought is over.  I was really starting to get worried about how dry it has been.  I must say not cancelling a trip for two months was nice and unusual.  Apparently God heard my concerns that the rivers  were getting on the low side.  Last week most of the state received 5 to [...]

By |2016-05-11T00:27:47+00:00May 11th, 2016|Striper Fishing, Trout Fishing|0 Comments

Stripers, A Good Reason to Call in Sick

Striped bass fishing continues to produce on the Staunton river near Brookneal, VA.  Thankfully we have gotten some rain and more in the forecast for the weekend.   Water levels have gotten low on the area rivers and starting to concern me.  The rain has cooled off the water temps and prolonged our striper run. [...]

By |2016-04-29T23:41:26+00:00April 29th, 2016|Striper Fishing|0 Comments

Lines Sides and Brown Trout

Just finished up 5 days on the water with clients fishing for striped bass and trout.  More and more fish are showing up on the Staunton river near Brookneal, VA.  The bigger female stripers showed up just recently and we got into some fish in the 5 to 10 pound range on Monday's trip.  The [...]

By |2016-04-20T16:58:18+00:00April 20th, 2016|Striper Fishing, Trout Fishing|0 Comments

The Most Wonderful Time of Year

It is striper time!  Fly fishing for striped bass has been good lately and will continue to get better as the water warms and more stripers move up river.  The Staunton/Roanoke river is as clear as I have ever seen it in the Spring.  Usually I'm cancelling trips here and there this time of year [...]

By |2016-04-16T22:38:05+00:00April 16th, 2016|Striper Fishing|0 Comments

Spring Fever

Today is my first day off in ten days.  The guide season has broke loose and for good reason.  Weather is great, flowers are blooming and trees are budding.  Rivers are in great shape as well.  Trout fishing has been great since March and continues to get better.  Water temps are rising and bringing out [...]

By |2016-04-09T00:05:37+00:00April 9th, 2016|Striper Fishing, Trout Fishing|0 Comments