Its been about a week and half since I landed back in the US of A from Manaus, Brazil. I was on my second trip to the Amazon with Nomadic Waters but this time I was hosting 9 anglers to this amazing place. It was a incredible trip, so in incredible that my group of anglers set a new record for fish caught. 1613 peacock bass and various other species in 6 days by 10 anglers! A lot of double digit fish were in that total. 22 and 17 pounds were the biggest peacocks landed but a lot of 13 to 8 pound fish as well. Average fish this year was better than last years trip. I plan to host this trip every year I’m able. As of now I haven’t set my dates for 2019. Dates will likely be in November-December time frame and I will get those dates out to everyone as soon as there set. Unfortunately I do not have all the big fish photos from the group yet so I’m sharing what I have as of now. Check out Nomadic Waters (https://www.nomadicwaters.com) on the web and if this trip interest you feel free to contact me. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Right before I left for the Amazon and since I have been back I have been able to get out on the water with clients. September was pretty much a wash out and so far October has been a bit dryer. I had a few great Fall smallmouth bass trips before the cool temps arrived. Streamers like the Tequeely were getting the job done with a slow retrieve and sink tip fly line. Smallmouth bass were definitely showing signs of putting the feed bag on because of their football like shapes. Crayfish seem to be their prey of choice because during the fight or after landing the bass I was seeing crayfish claws in their mouths. Usually baitfish patterns work well in the Fall to, but my experience lately they just wanted a crayfish imitation. Since we have had some cold nights in the 30’s I have laid off the bass fishing for now. If we get some warmer weather I will definitely get out there and fish for smallies some more.
The Jackson river near Covington, VA is always a great choice for Fall trout fishing. The past few days I have been there with clients. Nymphing has been the best technique as usual and very little dry fly fishing opportunities going now. Some October caddis flying around but not enough for the fish to key on them. My anglers caught some great browns nymphing and a few on streamers but the rainbows have been hot. Bigger than average rainbows this Fall have been landed these past trips. Its hard to beat the hard fighting wild rainbows on the Jackson in Virginia. I will continue to run trout trips till water temps get below 45 degrees which is typically mid December on the Jackson. Once the temps get that low the fish are very lethargic on the Jackson. I will start musky trips very soon as well and will continue till mid-March.
Hope to see you on the water!