Its been 30 days since my last post. I have no idea where the time went but felt like it was time well spent. It has finally started to feel like Spring here in Virginia. The rain has calm down and actually it has been dry for over a week, so thats a new record likely. Water temps are warming up, March brown mayflies are hatching on area native brook trout streams. Water flows on area streams are in great shape from the wet Winter. Dry fly fishing on the small mountain streams has been excellent in the afternoon. On the larger rivers like the Jackson river it has primarily been streamer fishing only. Thats ok though, if you like chucking streamers to the bank after larger browns its been good.
I am done for now chasing the elusive musky with clients. Fish should spawn soon if they haven’t already. This is also a great time to get out after pre spawn bass wether its largemouth or smallmouth bass. Water temps now in the 50’s have the bass out and about.
Hickory and American shad have started to show up on the spawning grounds on the Roanoke River near Weldon,NC. Flows have been extremely high on the Roanoke but the flows are now back down. Yesterday the fishing was slower than most days out for shad. The water was muddy and that likely didn’t help. One of the anglers in our group of friends also got into half dozen striped bass on shad jigs.
It will not be long until I start my striped bass trips on the Staunton and Roanoke Rivers. I will continue to be out guiding for trout until the striped bass show up. Check out the most recent videos I have posted to Youtube. Hope to see you out on the water soon!