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

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Fishing Report
December 10, 2014

FISHING REPORT- had a trip scheduled w/Mac Cheek but it didn’t work out to do the trip.  I was in Elizabethton in the afternoon, and in the afternoon on the Watauga tailwater and put about 6 to 8 browns in the net, all but one on dries, in about an hour and a half of fishing.  Lots of water being dumped from SoHo, right now fishing has been stellar though.  Good time to do half day SoHo float and half day wade on the upper Wag.  Both fishing well.  Came through Boone and Banner Elk late last night and there was snow…..a couple of places it was really snowing hard……and I crept at 5 miles an hour, as was everyone else.  Fun to go down those hills with a nice driftboat behind you.   But hey, its winter, and that’s mtn weather for you.

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Fishing Report Provided by Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing - Jeff Wilkins
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:61-70 F | Clarity: Clear
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
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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