I thought it was Winter still, but this past weekends air temps were in the 60’s one day and high 70’s the following. The weather has been nutsy coo coo no doubt, but not complaining. Hopefully the warmer than normal temperatures hold out all the way through March. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings if I didn’t see anymore snow before the official day of Spring. February is usually always windy and sometimes pretty wet but its been quite dry here for the past couple weeks.
Conditions for musky are in good shape with the arrival of the pre spawn. February is one of my favorite months to hunt musky on the fly and so far this month is going well. This week clients put two fish in the net with a couple of other fish eating, but not hooked well enough to land. Both clients knocked musky off their bucket list fishing on the James river. This month is usually good for seeing and hooking some big females, as they’re putting weight on before the spawn. We moved some big fish this past week, but they were sluggish and the younger fish took their place on the end of our line. Hopefully some big girls will mess up and eat the wrong sucker soon.
Trout fishing has been good on area rivers and streams. With this warm weather it will continue to get the hatches started and the fish will get out of their Winter funk. I have been seeing small black stoneflies consistently on all waters. Brook trout streams are enjoying having some bugs fly and the brookies have been eating dries well. Rivers like the Jackson have produced some nice brown trout when the conditions are good for streamer fishing. Spring is almost here even though it already feels like it has come.