Thursday, October 30, 2014

South River - Waynesboro, VA

South River SLAB - Great Place to Fish

One of the best places to fish is not to far from Richmond.  The South River in Waynesboro, VA.  What a fabulous place to fish and what a great partnership with Landowners, the local TU and Virginia DGIF.  Here is a map of the special regulation area.

South River Special Regulation Area

There is also the delayed harvest area in downtown Waynesboro.  The South River Fly Shop has a great proposal to make the use of the delayed harvest area for Fly Fishing Only. What a great idea.  

See the Proposal Here

This is what Tommy and Kevin are talking about when they say a destination fishery.

Clay Hardin caught this SLAB at the South River.  What a beautiful fish!

I believe Clay caught this hold over on a streamer. This week I caught quite a few smaller bows and browns on a dry flies. Size 16 Parachute Adams as well as Caddis dry flies purchased from the South River Fly Shop.  The infamous Golden Retriever worked for me as well.  I caught a nice Brown using that fly pattern.  All in all it was a great day.  Can't say enough good things about the South River.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Golden Dorado - The Provo Brothers Do It All

And Do it Right

Adventure Travel for fly fishing is definitely something to save up for. Especially if you are going all the way ... to Bolivia. Fishing for Golden Dorado and hell ... why not ski?!?  That's what I would have done, yeah!

What kind of Meat? from The Provo Bros on Vimeo.

Orvis' New Video Hub For Fly Fishing

Not a Bad Second Attempt!

I am just jealous.  Yeah - Orvis' new video hub - The Tug is well ... pretty good.  It's all creative, glossy and well organized.  My favorite site is still Moldy Chum. Now that site has everything and more than just fly fishing.   Anyone that is new to fly fishing will like  The Tug as it spans destination fishing to how-to-do-everything pertaining to fly fishing. Take a look. You will like it.


Introducing the 100% Awesomer Orvis Fly-Fishing Video Theater: The Tug, Phase II

Introducing the 100% Awesomer Orvis Fly-Fishing Video Theater: The Tug, Phase II

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lousianna Here I Come!

Lousianna For Red Fish!

Wow - Two on at once!  There is a reason why people want to go to the Gulf Coast and fish. Not Even Fair - Why can't we be there right now!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Watauga Float Trip September 2014

Watuaga Float Trip - September 2014 

Hello All! It has been a long time since  my last post.  The life force/treadmill/work as a necessity for living thingy has hijacked  my spare time.  I have been working on a huge project that has consumed any spare time I had left for fishing. Until one puts their foot/feet down and exclaims, " I Will Go Fishing...", well then it's too easy for other things to get in the way.

Watuaga River

The Wautauga River is just over the Virginia border in Tennessee near Bristol.  It is a tailwater created by the TVA damming that occurred in the 50's and 60's.  It is an excellent limestone river that has been transformed into a trout float trip paradise.  The Watauga River, or Wilbur Tailwater, is a premier cold water fishery in Eastern Tennessee. The river is renowned for it's heavy caddis hatches in the spring and the amount of bug life underwater is outstanding.  The limestone bedrock promotes a fantastic amount of bugs year round.


The conditions where bright blue skies, mid 70's, water temperature was in the upper 50's.  The TVA opened the gates at 9:00 AM. We could have been on the river around 10:00 AM but managed to start around 11:30 AM.  The TVA posts the times when the generate electricity and about an hour after they finish is when it is optimal to start fishing.  This is what our guide said. He has been fishing the river for over 20 years. I believe him.

What the Trout Eat

Since 90% of what a trout eats is underwater our guide suggested Nymphing.  Thinking about it, throughout the day there were incredible BWO hatches.  Dry flies were not out of the question.  In fact we caught a few fish during a hatch at the end of the day.

Our guide, Jason Reep, knew what he was doing. I won't give away all of his secrets, but.... he knew what bugs to start with.  A two fly rig. Egg dropper from the Thing-ama-bob to a Micro Mayfly or his Top Secret Midge.  The Egg dropper was used as an attractor pattern and after the turbulence of the river died down from the beginning of the day's TVA activities we settled on a Micro Mayfly on top and a Top Secret 18 inches below.  Worked like a charm as we both caught 30 plus fish!

Jason Reep
(423) 213-8129

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Shark Week - Can't Beat This....However,.....

You Can Chew on It.

This is what nightmare are made of.
Props to Wood's Hole and Discovery Channel

Sunday, August 3, 2014

More Sharks - This Time in a ..... Sharknado

Sharknado - Enough Said.

I am a product of the 60's and 70's when it comes to horror movies.  My brother forced me to watch re-runs of every Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi movie out there so he could sneak up on me and scare the crap out of me.  I couldn't sleep for days when Abott and Costello met Wolf Man and the Mummy.  Of course that lead to the inevitable....fear of Sharks from the movie Jaws.  Can't even swim in a lake without thinking about it.  You know who you are.  You are out there.  A scardy pants just like me.

One therapy for curing yourself of any fear of sharks is to watch, you guessed it, 

The problem is that the movie fails to be credible!   Buzzfeed comes to the rescue again and points that all out for us.

The 38 Most Absolutely Absurd Things That Happen In “Sharknado 2”

It was a hard list to trim down. posted on July 31, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Shark's with Lasers and Cat Fish with GoPro's - What Great Ideas!

Fish-eye view: Catfish wear GoPro camera at noodling tournament: A makeshift catfish 'harness' supports a GoPro camera for a fish-eye view inside the tank and down the water chute at Claremore's Battle of The Big Cats noodling tournament.

You Can't Beat This!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Striper in Downtown Richmond

Fishing for Striper in Downtown Richmond

I am lucky enough to have one of the best urban fisheries ever only 20 minutes from my house. The James River is the body of water of which I speak.  Choosing the right times to go is an art form.  One has to investigate the tide chart, consult local "fishing guru's", rely on moon charts and ensure there are no important dates on the calendar or family events to go to.  When all is aligned....magic happens.


Sunny, 65 F, incoming high-tideWent to the secret spot number 1 underneath the I-95 bridge.  Used 350 grain sinking line and chartreuse and white clouser. 

Caught Three Striper

Yes caught three striper on the fly! They were between 3-5 lbs and fought well.  The biggest one got away. I didn't set the hook properly.  It felt as if it were in the 20lb range.  There are some big striper in the James. One was caught on regular tackle at 74lbs last April 2013.  I think it is a state record for a river caught striper.  Here are photos of the few I landed.

  A Smaller One

Figure Out Where I Was in Downtown Richmond!

 Clay tossing a 100 foot cast...