I’ve been out of the fishing scene for a while now. Hunting season has a way of taking all of your free time. So this past weekend, I decided to head up to a local brook trout stream to see how thing are after a summer of sever flooding. Talk about a different river!! I fished all the normal areas, but the holes and pockets that usually hold fish have been rearranged. It’s sorta like fishing a new stream that you’ve known all along. Kinda weird really!
Fishing was pretty good for mid-January. I have historically not done well here this early in the year, but the warm weather we have had recently must have made a few fish get hungry! As usual this time of year, most fish were caught on a large nymph. I guess they are tying to get as much food as possible. So big meals it is!
Here are a few scenes from the trip.
I hope this is not a sign of things to come for this year!! I’ve had a really long run of REALLY good luck in the equipment department! It’s been quite some time since I have broken a rod..
That streak was ended this trip.
With unseasonably warm weather hitting on a day off. Who could resist getting out on the river?
Just waiting on a few clear and cold nights!
The guys over at Mountain Laurel Trails in Ridgeway, Virginia have been hard at work. The trails are in as good of condition as I have seen They have also added a few additional trails as well. Now is the best time to get out there and try mountain biking for yourself.
Even more motivation comes from the Fool himself at Chain of Fools Bicycle Shop in Martinsville. They will be offering a Skills clinic on Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 PM. That’s the perfect opportunity to get out and learn a new skill, or just meet some of the people that ride the trails in our area.
The changing weather can only mean one thing! It’s time to get outside at night for some star trail photography! Pull out the warm clothes and get ready for some late nights!
Don’t forget your thermos full of coffee either!
Every year a few of us head up into some remote section of mountain in search of brook trout. This year being no different we set out sights on a section of the George Washington National Forest. Scheduling these trips can be interesting to say the least, but we generally try not to go during the spawn. This year timing just didn’t work out, so we ended up being really close to the spawn. Some of the fish were obviously spawned out while others seemed like they were just getting going. Either way…they all were hungry and REALLY colored up!
Between the fish and the fall color, it made for some really good scenery this year. Here are a few shots from the trip.
To learn more about fly fishing in Virginia, check out your local Trout Unlimited Chapter.
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Jacks Creek Covered Bridge in Patrick County, Virginia
New College Institute in Martinsville, Virginia