The musky rivers have been high all this past week from recent rains. They have finally came back down to a good level. So to pass the time I have been on trout streams and Smith Mountain Lake chasing stripers on the fly. Striper fishing this time of year on the lake can be brutal. Cold air temps and early morning starts are the norm. Raining or overcast days are the best days to find the stripers up busting bait longer than normal because striped bass just don’t like bright sun. Its all about finding the bait, you can watch the surface for the bait or the stripers busting the bait. Another good sign to see is working sea gulls. If the birds tighten up and start diving then you will find some bait and likely some stripers.