Winter Brook Trout

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.

Mountain Brook Trout Stream - Virginia

Small Brook Trout

Foggy day in the mountain

Orange Mushrooms on rotten log

Rattlesnake Plantain

Virginia Brook Trout

Native Virginia Rainbow Trout

Native Virginia Rainbow Trout

Small Virginia Brook Trout Stream

Small Virginia Brook Trout Stream

Winter Hepatica or Liverwort

Virginia Mountain Trout Stream

Foggy Virginia Mountain Trout Stream

Virginia Brook Trout

Virginia Rainbow Trout


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.

Bad Luck on the Trout Stream

Fly Fishing for Brook Trout in Virginia’s Mountains

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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Fly fishing on a mountain stream.

Fall color in the mountains of Virginia.

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Trout Sampling on the Smith River

If there’s one way to learn more about your local fishery, it’s to ride along with the biologist that manage it.  A few members of Smith River Trout Unlimited recently had that opportunity.
Here are a few images from a recent sampling of the Smith River in Martinsville, Virginia.

A Little Southern Culture.

It’s not often you’ll see words here.  But this time, I have to take time to thank my buddy Mike Sepelak.  He’s way better with the pen than I’ll ever be.  See for yourself: Mike’s Gone Fishing Again.
You can see the article that spawned these photo’s here: Southern Culture on the Fly.
Train on the banks of the Smith River in Bassett, Virginia
Train crossing a small bridge on the Smith River in Bassett, Virginia
Sign on the way to some good fishing on the Smith River
Train Tracks