Fishing Report, Week of October 26, 2020
The health and safety of our guides and clients continue to be our number one priority. Old Dominion Outfitter and Guide Service will continue to follow CDC guidelines as it relates to social distancing and other precautions. All equipment and gear including rafts, rods, reels, etc that's used during trips will be sanitized after each use according to CDC guidelines. Also, if you have a trip booked and you have been exposed or experienced symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as a cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat, etc, within 14 days of your scheduled trip we ask that you contact us to advise and we can work with you to reschedule or cancel your trip.
Old Dominion Outfitter and Guide Service's 2020 Smallmouth season is officially in the books. Overall, 2020 was another successful year. Lots of days spent on the water chasing bronze backs and telling fish stories. Many of our clients experienced 80 - 100 fish days along with multiple citation size fish caught. The 2021 spring and summer calendar will fill quickly, If you would like to experience some of the best fishing Virginia has to offer, contact us today.
The 2020 Musky season is in full swing. Currently we are sight fishing these river giants. If you would like a shot at Virginia's top predatory fish, contact us today. We offer both conventional fishing and fly fishing trips. Trips will be offered until December 31, 2020 on a first come first serve basis.
Back Country/ Mountain Fishing Report.
As we transition into the Fall and Winter months back country fishing should remain good as long as water levels stay at current levels. Local spring creek fishing remains strong with full streams, slightly off color. If you're planning a back country trip load heavy on terrestrials and nymph patterns. Currently, there are windows of opportunity where fish are still feeding on the surface. However, for those times fish stop feeding on the surface a good idea is to fish a terrestrial with a nymph dropped off the back. Traditional patterns such as, beetles, ants, and hoppers paired with hares ear nymphs, prince nymphs, and pheasant tail nymphs are always a good option. As we move into the Winter, air and water temperatures will drop even further and the Brook trout fishing will slow. A good recommendation for Winter fishing is nymphing with an indicator. Make sure when fishing, you fish slowly and deliberately as the fish are slower to react and the strikes are not as noticeable. Also, Brook trout will begin to spawn sometime between mid to late October and the first part of November, depending on your location. If you choose to fish, be mindful of wading and handling fish. Return fish to the water quickly and to the same location you caught them. Watch for Redds and try to stay out of the water as much as possible.