There is no excuse for not blogging about my favorite subject - Fly Fishing. There are refreshing reminders that fishing is fun! Especially when fishing with your closest buds The below link is an example of picking your friends wisely and making sure you get on the water frequently.
One of the Best Parks in VA to Take a Kid Fishing!
Douthat State Park is one of the original Virginia State Parks and is on the national Historic Register. Great fun for kids as there is a kids only trout fishing area below the spillway. There are plenty of cabins that can be reserved and it has tons of hiking and mountain biking. Enjoy!
A recent article on smallmouth bass fishing reveals slow comeback from a prior fish kill. The Southfork of the Shenandoah is coming back, but has not fully recovered. One fishing trip isn't a 100% indicative of complete conditions on the river, but it gets one to think. I had worse results on the Upper James in Scottsville, VA in 2014. Caught two smallmouth bass in a four our trip. I thought the trip would yield better results from everything I heard about the Upper James.
My opinion is that you add a fish kill or two to the river systems, more catfish than you can throw a stick at, as well as very high water in the spring that prevents a successful spawn over the past three years and the bass population will suffer - badly. From the Frederick News Post - July 26th, 2015 by Dan Neuland
Great series on how fly fishing defines and affects peoples lives. Great life illustrations on where fly fishing has lead people down a path where they have Found Their Water.... Reddington Gear Videos on Vimeo
Good friends are hard to find. Everyone has heard that line before and more importantly everyone knows it's true. Ben Moon seems to have found his best friend! Denali, A short film illustrates friendship perfectly.
The gut feeling when you talk to Striper Fisherman is that numbers are down and the fish are being harvested by too many people. Commercial and recreational fishermen alike. I noticed that during this years Shad/Striper run in the James River that the fish were smaller than in years past. Our "official" fisheries management organizations don't seem like they are doing enough.