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Out with the Old in with the New

I have been neglecting the blog for sure but for good reason.  After six months our home has finally sold and we have been moving out over the past couple weeks.  I know there is a lot of things that suck more than moving but it ranks rather high for me.  In a perfect world [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

Sweating For Citations

I survived a ten day stretch of guided trips in 90 degree plus weather.  The heat was wearing me down but every time one of my anglers stuck a 18-20 inch smallmouth bass on the surface I was rejuvenated.  The past ten days has been great though.  Plenty of fish eating on the surface and [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

Damn its Hot but so is the Fishing

Its been a steamy summer so far.  Feels like most days have reached 90 degrees lately but that hasn't slowed down the bite on the James River.  Big smallmouth bass have been out cruising the banks or hanging in the shade during the afternoon heat.  I'm starting to see more and more fish in the [...]

By | July 19th, 2016|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

Chainsaws, Trout, and Bass

I have always said Mother Nature is my biggest competition.  She decides if the river will be good enough for my trips to be successful.  She can also make the river more dangerous than it already is.  After the flood waters came down over a week ago on the Jackson river near Covington, VA,  a [...]

By | July 10th, 2016|Smallmouth Fishing, Trout Fishing|0 Comments

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 | June 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 | June 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 | June 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 | May 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 | May 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 | May 11th, 2016|Striper Fishing, Trout Fishing|0 Comments