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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...

July 24, 2019

For the smallmouth bass angler, the summertime represents one of the most exciting times of the year, when fish, big and small, will readily eat a topwater bug, creating a very visual and memorable experience. That time is upon us, now, and, until October, we'll be tak...

June 10, 2019

As I write this, the New River is on the rise thanks to heavy rains in southwest Virginia and western North Carolina, and it seems to have come at a natural break in the season. By the time the river recedes, I expect we'll be moving quickly into summer fishing. Spring...

May 22, 2019

The inaugural smallmouth camp, hosted by Charlottesville-based fishing rod manufacturer, Reilly Rod Crafters at Fariss Farms and Iron Heart Winery on the banks of the New River, was a success earlier this month, despite a strong curveball in the form of heavy rain and...

May 11, 2019

When I wrote my last fishing report, I had just finished my last musky trip of the winter season, the nights were still cold, and smallmouth fishing couldn't get here quick enough. In the last month, the trees have leafed out, we've seen our first major insect hatches,...

May 10, 2019

On May 5 - 7, 2019, Reilly Rod Crafters hosted its inaugural Smallmouth Camp at Fariss Farms and Iron Heart Winery on the banks of the New River. Eight clients from across the country converged on the cabins at Fariss Farms for two days of guided smallmouth fishing, ca...

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...

August 1, 2018

The last month has proven hot and cold. Fluctuating water levels that flirt with the high side of ideal before bouncing up again, dropping water temps, and regular rain storms have kept the smallmouth fickle and mobile, but we've been on the river whenever possible, an...

July 1, 2018

After a long spring of high water and unfishable flows, the temps are breaking 90 and the rivers are clearing up. And the smallmouth are starting to look up. By far, my favorite kind of fishing is floating a beautiful smallmouth river in the Blue Ridge Mountains and se...

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