Location

VA
United States
36° 52' 59.4876" N, 80° 51' 34.9848" W

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Fishing Report Provided by Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing - Jeff Wilkins
Rating:
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:61-70 F | Clarity: Clear
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
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September 2, 2014
Guided Trip, Greg & Alexander Adzima, High Point, NC, Boone, NC, VA smallmouth float trip, hopefully the rains will hold off….but we could be in for a mighty wet weekend…..Out early 430am, trying to beat the weather moving in. Picked up Greg and then we met Greg’s son Alexander in Lambsburg, VA and headed up toward Pearisburg, Va. We dropped the boat in and were on our way. We knew bad weather was on the way but were ready for it…..and I looked forward to a strong smallie bite as the weather change occurred which will often happen when a front moves in. That is exactly what happened, it didn’t take long to get into a few fish, we caught a few right off, then floated through some water to get to one of my favorite stretches. We did pretty well, and as the rains came on, the fishing was steady. We didn’t get heavy rain til 11am or so, but when it came, it came. Steady the rest of the day. We stopped at a mid river ledge /foam hole and had lunch, and caught some nice fish there. We floated past one of my favorite strings of islands, and floated through one of my favorite musky spots. Spotted one large fish, over 40 inches, cruising through some deepwater slackwater weed beds, he saw us, never fleeted, but slowly cruised away. Shortly thereafter saw him again, and another fish, I had Alexander make several throws to the fish, he made some good throws but we could not get him to eat. I suspect we were minutes away from getting one of them to eat…dark day, low sky, rain….perfect conditions for a big predator to eat something. We fished to them for about an hour, then decided to float on through as there was still a lot of great water to fish. We did well, and caught some really good fish too…….we spent about an hour in the treacherous “Ledges” rapid upstream from the boat ramp/takeout pick pocketing the holes and caught several really good fish, probably the best two or three fish of the day. This spot doesn’t get a lot of pressure because it is tough to get to and get through. After picking some fish from the rapid, we floated on to the takeout. It was a good day, no one else on the river….not surprised, low 60s and heavy rain keeps a lot of folks home. We boated 45 t0 50 smallies….Good fishing will cease here for a few days, as runoff and a big release from Claytor Dam yesterday afternoon (flow shot up to 5000cfs +) and we finished up just before it arrived.
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Fishing Report Provided by Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing - Jeff Wilkins
Rating:
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:51-60 F | Clarity: Murky
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
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August 7, 2014
Guided Trip, Peter Spirito, Port St. Lucie, FL, catching up with Peter, a long time client who is passing through on a month long trip from his home in FL, Â and just had two days open due to the Group trip cancellation, we are heading up toward the WV line to fish just south of Bluestone Lake. Â Hope the water is fishable, its up everywhere. The above was what I posted pre trip, it was chilly, try 47F to start. Â Can’t remember the last time I guided a trip in mid to late July with a 47F temp….out West, yes, but here? Â Unheard of. Â Got up to mid 70s eventually, today felt like November instead of July. Â Just coming off a cold front and several inches of rain, it blew out my annual group smallmouth trip and most places we fish on that trip still high and muddy. Â Peter and I ended up way downriver from that near VA/WV line and tried a stretch that isn’t wade fishing, too deep, it was up and it wasn’t muddy per se but badly stained, all floating here. Fished flies and hardware, water was just too stained to do anything on poppers or the typical stuff we ordinarily throw. The water was colored enough Like toward the far limit that you could expect to even catch a fish. Â Peter did catch several but it was sub par compared to the norm. Â Hopefully in a day or so this will have cleared out…. Here are some pics…. . . Here lately it seems the mud and murky water have followed us where ever…..North Holston, South Holston, Wilson, New River…..this is how murky it was today…….not so perfect conditions. . . . .
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