It has been a interesting May to say the least. Another 1-2 inches of rain is coming today to throw a wrench in my plans for the upcoming week with clients. Maybe this one will miss us. My striped bass season at Weldon, NC on the Roanoke river ended before it had a chance to start. I made it down for two days and fished in crappy conditions to only catch a few fish. Since the first of May water flows have been at 20,000 cfs, not exactly the best conditions for the fly rodder. The fish are there but getting a fly down in those flows is tough. Guys throwing live bait have down well. The striped bass in the Staunton river are still around since all the rain has kept water temps below normal not many fish have spawned. I made it out this week for a solo trip and snagged a few on the fly before fishing just shut off in the afternoon. I would like to get a couple more times in before the fish leave the river but its not looking to promising.
Thankfully even with all the rain there is options to fish here in Virginia. The Jackson river tailwater is where I have been spending most of my time lately. Water flows have been high earlier this month which makes nymphing and dry fly fishing tough but streamer fishing is at its best during higher water flows. The river is down to a great flow now for all three methods of catching trout. Yesterdays trip we caught fish on nymphs all day and a few fish on dries. Hope to see the weather cooperate little bit more in the coming weeks. Definitely do not want to see drought conditions but a little less rain would be nice.