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November 25, 2019

Fall is halfway gone, and it's safe to say that conditions have been a total contradiction to last fall. Low, clear water and warmer temps have been the rule. At this point, temps have turned seasonal and downright cold on some mornings, but low, clear water is still s...

August 25, 2019

As wild as it seems, it's nearly September--my favorite month of the year, and the month when the most giant smallmouth seem to grace the boat, year after year. Water temps are on their way back down, overnight temps are dipping pretty low, and the dog days cicadas are...

March 28, 2019

Though the first day of spring was officially over a week ago, it's now that I'm feeling the seasons change. Water temps on the bigger warmwater rivers are reaching 50 degrees. Musky are moving into their spawning period and the smallmouth bass fishing is beginning to...

February 10, 2019

For the last several weeks, my weekends have been tied up with attending fly fishing shows around the country. Thankfully, last weekend's The Fly Fishing Show in Atlanta marked my last one until the South River Fly Fishing Expo on April 27 and 28. To all of  you that I...

December 14, 2018

In just one short week, it'll once again be winter by the calendar, but by the weather report, winter is already upon us. Southwest Virginia got over a foot of snow last weekend--up to 18" in some areas--keeping us off the water for just a few days. However, musky and...

November 16, 2018

Before the few days of rain we had this week, the New River was settling into a steady winter level. The water was clear, and the morning temperatures sometimes dip below freezing. It's musky season. 

The biggest victory, so far, has been getting Bailey on his first mus...

November 4, 2018

A few weeks ago I woke up to see the field outside of my window coated in an even coat of frost for the first time this year. The season has changed, and fall is solidly upon us. Until spring, we'll be focusing our fishing efforts on wild trout and musky in southwest V...

October 25, 2018

Late summer proved a difficult time in southwest Virginia. The rain was heavy and the rivers were full more often than they weren't. With super unstable conditions, being able to quickly change gears allowed us to stay on fish. Many smallmouth trips were converted to t...

February 7, 2018

The rapid was still in sight. Its white symphony took first chair to the wind, and the cold followed third—silent and subtle, but heard. I made another cast to a piece of rocky structure. It was labored, with many false casts. Fly line doesn’t shoot through guides when...

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