Master Angler Award

“Research is the highest form of adoration” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin As most of you know I have been working my ass off to try and get my Master of Angler award from the State of Virginia, but apparently the fishing gods hate me-I haven’t caught a citation since I started my attempt at…

Roanoke River – City – Wasena

Stream Category: Category A – stocked 8 times between October 1 and May 31. Type of Stream: Freestone River Stocked Trout: Rainbow and Brook Other Species of Note: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, and Carp Gear: Dry Flies: Adams, Midges, Caddis, and Terrestrials Nymphs: Pheasant Tails, Hares Ear, Prince Nymphs, Zebras, Caddis Pupae, Grub Worms,…

Roanoke River – Salem – Delayed Harvest

Stream Category: Delayed Harvest From October 1 through May 31, fishing on the following waters is permitted under the following regulations only: 1 Only artificial lures may be used. 2 No trout may be in possession (catch and release only) while fishing these waters. 3 No bait may be in possession while fishing these waters….

Roanoke River – Salem

Stream Category: Category A – stocked 8 times between October 1 and May 31. Stocked Trout: Rainbow and Brook Wild Trout: Rainbow, Brook, and Brown ( Although there are holdovers from previous DGIF stockings, wild trout, especially brown trout, can be seen throughout the entire Roanoke River.) Other Species of Note: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass,…

Roanoke River – Green Hill Park

Stream Category: Delayed Harvest From October 1 through May 31, fishing on the following waters is permitted under the following regulations only: 1 Only artificial lures may be used. 2 No trout may be in possession (catch and release only) while fishing these waters. 3 No bait may be in possession while fishing these waters….

Carp Time is the Right Time!

It is apparent by looking at social media that Carp Time is the Right Time! For once I am totally in agreement with social media, fly fishing for carp is by far one of the most excited and most rewarding experiences a fly fisherman can have. For everyone that thinks that carp are a trash fish, not worth…

Game Plan for Summer 2017

Oh the changing of the seasons, I cannot explain to you how eager I have been for summer weather. To hell with Fall, Winter, and Spring! This past trout season has been one of my worst; from very crowded streams, to piss poor stocking by the VDGIF, and snapping the tip off of my Recon…

In short, Luck’s always to blame.

Six months ago I almost ruined my entire ’16-’17 trout season. On a late summer day last year I asked one of my buddies to go fishing with me on one of our off days, both of us were looking for a nice end of the summer trophy fish. He mentioned Mossy Creek and the…

Geographical Oddity

Have you ever clicked with something to the very being of your soul, something that you do not have share with anyone else? For some people it is hunting, some it is collecting comic books, others it is building or gardening. For me it has, and will continue to be, fly fishing. Without it, nothing…

The Lies of Leaders, and Tippets, and Men!

Whether you are a newbie or an old head to fly fishing there is one thing that will always be a constant; fly fishing costs money. Unless you really pay a lot of attention to finances, fly fishing will not seem altogether to be an expensive sport at first glance. Besides the initial purchase of…

Mr. Jingles

“Ah… This is the why I love fishing,” you say to yourself, looking up at the trees and the clouds. Everything just seems perfect; from that IPA, to the thick cut bologna and cheese sandwich, and the hammock … oh the hammock, you feel you could stay in it forever. It is late October and…