Fishing Report, Week of September 1, 2020
As Virginia transitions through Phase three of reopening, guided trips are returning to some sense of normalcy. With that being said, 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.
Smallmouth season is in full swing. Trips are producing great numbers of quality fish in the 12" - 16" range with larger 18" - 20" fish being caught as well. Water levels are currently higher than normal for this time of year due to a combination of tropical moisture and daily thunderstorms. Casting Clawdads, streamers, and bait fish patterns to hungry fish has produced incredible fishing. As we transition into fall the top water fishing will increase which is some of the most exciting freshwater fishing available. Casting top water bugs to aggressive smallmouth sitting in small shade pockets, watching fish explode as it hits the water will excite any angler. Don't miss out on the 2020 smallmouth season.
Back Country/ Mountain Fishing Report. Spring 2020 back country fishing was some of the best in recent memory. Above average rainfall and cooler then normal temperatures provided for a very exciting spring season. As we transition into fall the fishing should remain great 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 or a spring creek trip load heavy on dry flies and terrestrials fished in combination with a 50" Cutthroat leader and approximately 4' of 5x or 6x tippet for smooth presentation. If fish are not feeding on top you can always fish nymphs under 5x fluro. Give us a call or email today and book your trip before the prime dates are filled.