Monday, November 24, 2014

January Brook Trout Fishing

Fished a stream this past weekend and it fished like it was already January in Virginia.  The fish were sluggish and deep in their pools.  It took several drifts in order to coax them into eating as well.  I thought it may of just been the stream I was fishing, but I drove to another stream and it was fishing the same way.  Still a great time to get on a trout stream though.

Lots of ice built up around the rocks on both streams.

Neat tree growing between two rocks

Winter is closing in.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Smith Mountain Lake Striper Fishing

I have a love hate relationship with this fishery.  Yesterday was one of those "this lake is awesome, but I hate it" kind of days.  There were a couple hours where the stripers were rising all over the place in the middle of the day busting shad.  A couple stripers did a complete summersault out of the water.  We witnessed one pretty good blitz going on but by the time we got over there they were gone.  No stripers were caught, but it was a nice day to get out and see the potential of this lake now that I have  a good boat for it.

Lake with it's fall colors.

Managed to get the wrong variety of bass to take my fly, I won't complain though.

It was a great day to get out on the water and I'll figure out this fishery before the end of the year.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Some Striper Flies

Weather is cooling and been tying up some striper flies for the local lake.

Also messing around with some bigger flies for the saltwater trophy stripers this spring.  Big one is on a 6/0 hook.

Liking the fish mask, even though they are more for the human eye appeal than the fish eye appeal.  Plus they hide my crowded hook eye well.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall Trip Part 2

So I arrived at my friends cabin after fishing the stream earlier.  I beat him there so had time to browse his collection of bugs.

When he arrived we ate some dinner and chatted with the neighbors for a while before calling it a night.  We were planning on hitting the stream early the next day as there was a big stretch we were planning on covering.  We awoke to 30 degree temperatures and a thick layer of frost every where.  Some good breakfast was a good start to the cold morning.

We hit the stream from the top and got to watch the sun rise over the mountains before we started the cold descend down the stream.

This tree had a neat burl.  Would fetch a pretty penny on the market if you could haul it off the mountain.
Started the morning with a creek chub.

Shortly after I caught the fish I posted about previously.  He was a nicely colored up brookie getting ready for the spawn.


The overall average size of the fish were impressive.


Came back to some good BBQ bear, Venison burgers, and Rabbit cooked by a neighbor.  The people back in this town are super friendly and I enjoyed talking with them over dinner and a campfire.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Trip Part 1

I try to go on at least a three day Spring and Fall fishing trip.  I was planning on taking the boat out on some rivers this year for musky, but the weather had other plans for me.  Virginia got slammed with rain and the rivers would not be clear in time for my trip.  Back up plan is obviously brook trout.  About the time I knew musky fishing was out of the question I get a phone call from a friend saying he has private access to a trout stream and wants to know when I can fish it with him.  Perfect.  Last Friday I made the drive over the mountains and fished a little brook trout and rainbow trout stream that was good to me last year.  The stream fished well.  Around noon, the trout stopped looking at the dropper and started looking at the dry.  The fishing was hot from noon to 2 pm. 

Fall is here.

Lost a nice fish in this pool.

Coffee, Pita bread, and Summer Sausage next to a big pool.

The colors on this rainbow trout rivals the stream brookies wearing their fall colors.

One of the bigger pools.  Managed to pull four fish from this pool.

Wonder what hides under this bridge?

Pulled this rainbow from the back of the pool.....

And this brookie from the top of the pool.

Another look at the troll beneath the bridge.

I then decided to call it a day around 4 pm as the wind picked up and the blue bird skies had slowed the fishing down.  It was a great start to the trip and I headed over another mountain ridge to my friends cabin.  To be continued.....

Monday, October 27, 2014

Specktacular Brookie

I went on a three day fishing trip with a friend this weekend and thought I'd share a quick picture of one of the most colored up brookies I have ever caught.  This fish I saw dart out of a run and swipe my dropper.  I immediately knew it was a good sized fish, but the colors are what really blew me away.  This prespawn male is wearing his Sunday best.

Full report will come in a couple days, but thought this brookie deserved his own post.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Some Fall Cleaning, Some Tying, and a Motor

It was time for a much needed desk cleaning/organizing.  My fly tying desk has been neglected over the past couple months and piled high with bucktail scraps, flashabou, and flies.  I finally broke down yesterday when the desk was looking like this:

And made it look back to what it was supposed to look like.

After that I tied up a striper fly and a musky fly.

Also got a motor for the boat this weekend.  My grandpa gave it to me and it was his dad's motor.  It got a tune up and made the haul from Michigan down to Virginia.  May have to try it out this weekend.