I have been guiding striped bass since my last blog post. I finished up the freshwater striped bass run on the Staunton River at Brookneal, VA on May 4th. The freshwater run was frustrating this year, it seemed like you had to be in the right place at the right time to get any numbers of fish in the boat. The fish stayed scattered about the 7 mile stretch of their spawning grounds. The spawn started early this year and so a lot fish did their thing and got out of town. The average size of the stripers was down a few inches from my past years guiding this water. Some of this may be due to the really wet year we have had. Thats fishing though, I will still look forward to the run next year and will be ready with fly rod in hand.
I have been in Weldon, NC this week guiding the saltwater run on the Roanoke River. This has been the best year I have seen. Average fish has been larger than previous years. I had a 12 pound striper landed on the fly this week and many other 6-8 pound fish. When the fish get schooled up you can get high numbers of fish on the fly. Beginning of the week schools were easy to find. The water flow dropped and then it scattered them about. Still plenty of fish to be had this coming week though and with the water flows stable fish will school up to feed. I will spend one more week in Weldon. I did have a couple last minute cancellations. I currently have the morning of May 14th, 15th, and 17th available. These are 5 hour trips starting at 6:30am. The price is $400 for 1 or 2 anglers. Top photos are from trips to Brookneal this year and bottom photos are from Weldon this week. Happy Mother’s Day! Take your momma fishing!