Will this wet weather ever stop? I surely hope so, it has rained every weekend since mid November. Last weekend we received 12 inches of snow, now thats gone all at once because its raining again. We only have a couple weeks left in 2018 and this year was a historic one with this weather. I have still been doing more trout fishing than anything. I did get out for musky recently and the snow melt had water temps down to 36 degrees, which is really cold for this time of year. We had plenty of follows but couldn’t get them to eat the two days I was out. River conditions prior to the snow melt were very good. The Jackson river was down to 300 cfs and nymph fishing was consistent and even got into a blue winged olive hatch that allowed my anglers to catch them on dries. As I type this the rivers are high and muddy once again so likely will be a week or more before the James is fishable for musky. The tailwater section of the Jackson will be fishable in a couple days if your looking to chuck streamers. We are in that time of year where cold water temps have the trout more lethargic and you have to work a bit harder to catch them. But thats okay I don’t mind working harder for a bite, its better than sitting at home.
I don’t do a lot of personal fishing this time of year. When I’m free I enjoy being in the woods after whitetail deer. I had a very proud father moment after Thanksgiving when I was able to get my 8 year old son on his first deer. He would of been happy with a doe or a small buck but I’m truly thankful when a 10 pointer showed up just before dark. Incredible moment after he pulled the trigger and the buck dropped in his tracks. I never seen my son so happy and proud. A memory I will never forget!
I was invited down to bow hunt in North Carolina by a good friend recently. It was awesome to hunt a new place and state. We had planned one day of the five day trip to fish. When I arrived in eastern N.C. it was very warm and not the conditions I wanted to hunt. After a quick phone call to friend and fellow fishing guide Capt. Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service, we took advantage of the 70 degree December day. Richard took us out on the Pamilico River after striped bass and speckled trout. It didn’t take long to have my 7 weight Helios 3 bent over on a striped bass. My first time to this fishery and definitely not my last. Richard had us on a large school of stripers, then back in the creeks after some table fare (sea trout). It was a great trip to Pamilico and I suggest you give Richard a call if you want to get on some inshore action. Check out his website: http://tarpamguide.com/
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas. I’m asking Santa for drier weather in 2019, but not to dry. I’m looking forward to starting another year on the great waters Virginia has to offer!