You know in May you wouldn’t expect to be wearing a jacket in the morning before shoving the boat off for a smallmouth float, but that’s how we started our morning yesterday. We have experienced a bunch of crazy weather this Spring with thunderstorms and heavy winds on top of high water everywhere, but for crying out loud it’s almost Summer. The good thing is that by lunch time it felt like Spring again and even though the water was a little chilly, fish were coming to the boat.
Dick came down from VA this week and only had enough time to fish for one day. Dick hasn’t been able to fish his home river (the James River) in a long time due to excess amounts of water, 10 ft above flood stage. Even though our tailwaters have been running high for the past few months, the freestone rivers have had good levels to fish and it wasn’t long before Dick had a tight line to a fish.
Like he never skipped a beat.
Floating on we found several good fish that would swipe at a fly and some were lucky enough to get loose, but Dick has been doing this long enough to know that sometimes they just get away. I still feel a little heartbroken sometimes, but mainly for the guy who lost the fish. They were definitely on a big baitfish bite so pick out the streamer you have the most confidence and hang on. Later in the afternoon we got in some good topwater fishing and brighter colored poppers did the trick for the most part and it started to feel like May again.
After a while we found what they wanted and Dick was in the zone.
It’s always a good time with Dick and when we get together the wheels get to turning. June is right around the corner and just so happens to be the best time of year for topwater action. We still have days in June left open for trips and would love to get folks on some smallmouth to show them how awesome this fish is. It’s a great alternative to trout fishing in the warmer months and the rivers we float are very scenic and have a ton of wildlife around them. We hope that you have a blessed day and are able to get out on the water. Take care.