It's almost summer and our river levels are showing it. Let's hope for some rain soon. The delayed harvest rivers have opened up to harvest, which marks the end of trout fishing in many places. In rivers that hold trout year round be conscious of the river temps. Don't fish if the river gets above 68 degrees.
The good news is the brook trout fishing has been great. In the low, clear water levels use longer leaders and cover to approach the community pools. There are still lots of bugs in the mountains. Look for drakes, yellow sallies, and caddis.
In other great news, it is time to case smallmouth bass. With the larger rivers being low as well, the top water bite has been great. Yellow foam or deer hair poppers have been very consistent. During the heat of the day try slowing down and dragging crawfish patterns.
If you want to learn to fly fish or just explore some new waters in Virginia, give me a call!