It has not been a normal August but what has been normal this year?  This August has been filled with thunderstorms almost daily and more flash flood warnings than I can count.  Normally one of busiest months of the year became one of my slowest with cancellations and rescheduling trips due to high and murky water.

This time of year is usually filled slapping bugs near the bank watching your fly disappear.  Instead its been a lot of streamer fishing.  Game Changers, Clawdads, and Tequeely’s have been producing bites depending on the smallmouth’s mood.  If the bass are happy they’ll chase down their  prey but if their in a mood a slower retrieve and sinking the fly deeper will work.  Hopefully the hurricanes and t-storms will start missing the Commonwealth allowing our rivers to be clear and lower.  Still have one month left of good topwater fishing if Mother Nature allows.  The annual cicadas will start to die off now and bass will see a lot more big bugs smacking the water.


I would like to welcome Mike Rennie to the Matt Miles Fly Fishing family.   Mike has been a long time client and friend and I consider him part of the family.  Mike will be helping me with guided trips.  Mike is a Virginia native and a very fishy guy.  He also is a incredible artist, and has been tattooing for decades.  Maybe we will offer a new package, catch a big fish and have it tattooed on you right there on the water!  I’m joking, but if your interested we can make it happen.  I’m very happy to have him representing Matt Miles Fly Fishing!

My September is pretty full but I have these dates left if you want to get out after some topwater smallmouth bass.  September 5, 6, 15, 17, 23, and 29.  October can still be a stellar month for the smallmouth also.  It turns into more streamer fishing but the bite can be great as the bass fill their tummies before Winter sets in.  Stay safe and get out on the water!