/Smallmouth Fishing

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

Gift Certificates for the Fly Fisherman

With Christmas approaching some folks maybe wondering what to get that fly fisherman on their list.  Well for those hard to buy for how about a gift certificate from Matt Miles Fly Fishing for a guided fishing trip.  A fly fishing guided trip is also a great gift for the beginner fisherman.  Hiring a guide [...]

Biggie Smalls

It would be hard to beat last weeks fishing.  Pete and Sandra fished with me for four days on the James and Staunton rivers.  Out of the four days Pete put two fish over 20 inches in the boat on poppers.  The best fish of the summer was caught by Sandra on the Staunton river. [...]

By | September 21st, 2015|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

Chasing Down The Smalljaws

Catching fish bigger than 17 inches was tougher this week. All the unsettled weather has seem to get them off the banks. Yesterday morning fished well for a spell and John's third fish was 19 inches and his biggest to date.  The smallmouth bass are still eating on top and had one cough up a [...]

By | September 13th, 2015|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

Low and Clear

Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good even with the low and very clear water conditions.  They are bit spooky when the fish are directly in the sunlight but if you focus on the shade you won't spook as many with your cast.  Cicadas are still around and falling on occasions from the trees to [...]

By | September 7th, 2015|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

James River Bug Fishing

The period we refer to as bug fishing is here.  With cooler nights the summer cicadas have started falling out of trees and dying off.  There are a lot of big smallmouth bass cruising shore lines and waiting in the shadows for a floating meal.  This is the most exciting time of year for smallmouth [...]

By | August 24th, 2015|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

Virginia has it all

Its been a great couple of weeks fishing with clients.  Poppers and sliders continue to put some big smallmouth bass in the net.  I have had my hands on the oars for more days than I can count and the only time I have been touching the fly rod is when I hand it to a [...]

By | August 11th, 2015|Musky Fishing, Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

Two More Months of Bass

Cicadas are singing and the humidity is high.  We are getting down to the last two months of topwater fishing for smallmouth bass.  Its been a great summer so far for catching big smallies on poppers and sliders.  The trees along the river are loaded with summer cicadas and it won't be long fish will [...]

By | July 30th, 2015|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

All About That Bass

Finally  Virginia's rivers are back in shape from two weeks of daily t-storms.  Bass are back to doing there summer thing, looking for bugs and smashing minnows in the shallows. Clients have put some great fish in the boat the past few days.  Biggest bass have been 17-21 inches all on topwater flies.  Looking forward [...]

By | July 23rd, 2015|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

When it Rains it Pours

I was wondering two weeks ago if  I was going to have enough water to float in come August.  Well that changed a week ago with a 3 to 4 inch rain storm hitting the headwaters of the James River.  Last week was pretty much spent twiddling my thumbs after I got all the trips rescheduled.  Now [...]

By | July 6th, 2015|Smallmouth Fishing, Trout Fishing|0 Comments