Its been a great couple of weeks fishing with clients. Poppers and sliders continue to put some big smallmouth bass in the net. I have had my hands on the oars for more days than I can count and the only time I have been touching the fly rod is when I hand it to a client. I’m not complaining because this is what I love to do but I did keep a day off for myself last week. Friend and guide Mike Smith of New River Fly Fishing invited me down to fish the New River in his neck of the woods. We rigged up rods for smallmouth bass, carp and musky. I must admit I was looking to stick some smallies since I haven’t gotten to much this summer but Mike wanted me to throw for some musky as well. Didn’t fish to terribly hard for them but was lucky to have one eat the fly right at the boat quickly into our float. Not long after that we were in a area filled with carp and I slid the fly in front of a group of them and watched one hoover the fly. So I can’t complain, I have had a rod in my hand very little but when I did I was able to catch two of the hardest fish to catch on the fly. Virginia is truly a wonderful state for fly fishing, to get the opportunity on three different species in one day is awesome. I miss the Rockies where I started this career but I’m happiest here in the Old Dominion.