Fishing Report, Week of July 22, 2019
As we move through summer the smallmouth bite continues to be strong. Water levels are fluctuating with the occasional evening thunderstorm however overall conditions are above average for this time of year. Most fish can be found in moving water including riffles and tail-outs. Don't forget to spend some time fishing the back water eddies and foam lines as well. We're having good success fishing a size 4 tequeely with or without an indicator. Dead drifting these flies is a very effective method especially on hot summer days when the fish are less active. Other good fly choices are the top water Kreelex, CK Bait fish, and Clawdads. Give us a call to book your smallmouth float before the summer ends.
Water levels in our mountain streams are starting to drop as we move thru summer and experience warmer temperatures. Quality fish can still be caught however please use care when handling the fish. The combination of lower water levels and higher water temperatures stress the fish. Remember, keep the fish wet, handle them the minimum amount of time necessary and return them to the water close to the place they were caught. If you chose to fish for brook trout during the summer months we suggest using Elk Hair Caddis, Sulphers, Caddis Simulator patterns, etc. Also, most terrestrial patterns such as ants and beetles are a good choice. If you are interested in Virginia trout fishing give us a call to book your next trip.