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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 [...]

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 |2015-09-21T22:55:26+00:00September 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 |2015-09-13T13:55:49+00:00September 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 |2015-09-07T20:37:02+00:00September 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 |2015-08-24T00:05:59+00:00August 24th, 2015|Smallmouth Fishing|0 Comments