I love seeing big smallmouth bass in shallow water because the best way to catch them are on top. The New River fished really well yesterday for the majority of the day. We found some very nice bass in some very skinny water. As long as you led them a few feet with your cast they had no problem coming over to sip the fly from the surface. The great thing about the New is the clarity, now some people might like it a bit stained but myself I enjoy being able to sight fish to big smallmouth bass.