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Feeding Them Foam

It has been a damn fine September so far.  Smallmouth bass fishing the James River continues to produce citations caught on topwater flies.  4 citations the past three days this week, with the longest fish of the summer hitting the net at 22 inches.  Heading to Colorado soon for 6 days.  Looking forward to getting [...]

By |2016-09-09T23:35:48+00:00September 9th, 2016|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

Pounding The Banks

The only way to describe the past week of fishing is incredible.  Multiple big fish have hit the net each trip along with others unfortunately lost.  Todays trip the James River gave up one 20 inch, three 19's, and couple 18 inch smallmouth bass.  Big bass are really cruising the banks and hanging in the [...]

By |2016-08-28T22:25:34+00:00August 28th, 2016|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments

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 |2016-08-16T01:31:53+00:00August 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 |2016-07-28T14:04:51+00:00July 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 |2016-07-19T23:30:30+00:00July 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 |2016-07-10T01:11:30+00:00July 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 |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

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 [...]