Well this past week was a bit tougher than the previous weeks for smallmouth bass.  We had a cold front move in on Tuesday and our daytime highs dropped to 70 degrees and our night time low’s got into the high 50’s.  There isn’t much worse than a cold front to slow the bite except high muddy water conditions.  The water temps were still near 70 degrees, so I stuck to my guns and fished the river with top water flies.  The bass were still in there spots just not in the numbers like the previous week.   I had Gary and Joyce out Thursday on the James throwing poppers and we hooked into some big smallmouth but they shook loose.  Joyce ended up landing our biggest of the trip a 17 and half inch smallmouth bass.  We didn’t catch any bass under 14 inches so every fish was a good bass on the fly rod.  Saturday I had my good client Kenny Hodge out from the D.C. area.  I was excepting to have a slow day with numbers of fish but felt confident we would catch some big bass and we did.  Kenny’s second bass of the day was a 18 inch smallmouth and his largest landed was a fat 19 inch smallmouth bass.  Kenny hooked a couple citations, but they won the battle with one of them breaking the line and the other shaking off some how.  Again  our smaller fish of the day are 14 inch  smallmouth bass and there is nothing wrong with that average size. Warmer temps are coming this week so fishing should pick back up for catching numbers.photo 2 (28) Joyce's bass