We reached the 90 and better degree mark this week.  It feels a bit early for this air temp.  For you hard core trout fisherman the hot days in Virginia can slow the bite down.  If you are going to fish this time of year the tailwater rivers like the Smith and Jackson will continue to fish well even in this heat and don’t forget the small mountain streams.  Mornings and evenings will be the best time of day unless there are some bugs hatching during mid-day.  On the Smith river last week we had a great hatch starting around 11am.  Sulphurs, midges, and caddis came off well and the brown and rainbows were rising hard.  Mountain streams are starting to get low but not to low.  Brook trout were being brook trout rising to whatever past over there heads and the wild browns were taking the dropper nymph more often than the dry on the Piney river last week.  With the water temps rising be sure to revive the trout well and let them swim from your hand.  Higher temps will stress them.  The Jackson river tailwater will be conducting some high flow releases this year.  You will not want to be on the river when this happens.  Here are the dates provided by Gathright dam that they will do the release.  The 2014 pulse dates are scheduled for the following Wednesdays:
June 25
July 23
Aug. 13
Sept. 3
Sept. 24
Oct. 15  photo 1 photo 2