Fished Smith Mountain Lake twice over the week of Thanksgiving and got skunked both times. First time was weather related, and the second was just a short outing. I will figure out these stripers this year. Plan on staying on the lake through the end of winter. Hardest part is locating where these fish are holding, especially when your fly fishing, and even more so when your fish finder does not work.... Still a beautiful lake to be out on and a fun challenging fishery to learn on a fly rod.