We floated today for smallmouth, and what a day it was. The topwater action was definitely earlier in the day and it didn’t take long for the fish to get back into hiding. They were willing to eat though. We caught a few fish early on top and around 9:00am they were all in the hard to get places. Lee Whitehead didn’t have any problem getting into those places because he wore them out.
The are definitely on the craw bite too because we caught way more of our fish on craw patterns than baitfish flies. They were pretty picky too on how they wanted the fly presented. It didn’t take us long to figure them out, but when we did it was game on. Lee is a big trout guy, but is reconsidering his favorite species after today. The weather is great and the water temps are perfect, it really doesn’t get any better than this.
We also got to see what high water and not paying attention can do to a boat on this river. I hope that whoever was in this boat got out safely and is ok. Keep in mind that this boat is made of metal.
I had to get a shot of the raft sitting in the riffles when we got out and wade fished. It was a great day on the river and the Lord blessed us with great fishing. Give us a call for some of this incredible smallmouth action while it lasts.