A few pics from the last couple weeks
I took a trip out for some park fishing a couple of weeks ago then returned home for some Smallies and Largemouth. These are from the Staunton and New river systems and some local water:
Great trip Bran. That looks like a Claw-Dad in the LM , what is the purple fly?
The purple is tied by a local guy for Smallies but the LM love em too. It seems to be a really good color, it's a craw also, tungsten barbell head, purple maribou and feathers, and about 8 strands of purple "crazy leg" type mat'l tied together in knots at the tips for "claws".
The other one is a claw dad, and then another pic where you see the fly on the little smallie is a little green and brown wooly bugger with 8 legs tied in that one of the cff guys tied. They really love that too but, of course, I'm catching little ones on it cause it's about a 10. It's giving me an idea though to try to copy it on about a 4 or 6.
Did you notice Tina's Rock Bass? I thought that was pretty neat, we also have a Roanoke Bass that is very similar but I haven't caught a single one of those this year for whatever reason. They usually hit readily about anything you throw.
I do like that they have a large mouth...makes it easy to get my popper back without killing them.
Bran and Tina,
Beautiful river and fish. Great report. It was nice meeting you a few days ago.
Gary, Good to see you lately too.
Thanks to all of you for sharing your knowledge and good times.
We'll stop by next weekend too probably, we're going to be in town for the Vols. game.
Gary, do you guys have the Roanoke Bass? They're very similar to the rock bass and are confused a lot of time with them but I think they're a different sub species, there's good pictures of both on the VDGIF website under the link for gamefish species.
Hey Bran, you need to post a few more reports from the Staunton or then again maybe not. I live in the Brookneal area for about 10 years and floated the Staunton quite often, especially the Long Island to Brookneal section. I did not fly fish at the time, but caught a lot of fish on Spinning Tackle. The river has a reputation for the striper run, but I believe it is a very under rated smallmouth stream, so be sure and only post pics of small fish. We caught mostly smallmouth but you never knew what each cast might hook-up with. I spent one winter working really hard to catch walleye without getting one. I fished the nasty, cold days when they were suppose to bite. Well, we had a really warm early March and on a 75 degree day with nothing but blue skies I was on the river hoping to catch some small mouth. I through a crank-bait against some timber on the bank and landed a 25 1/2" walleye. It's not often that your first fish is a trophy fish, but that one was. I ended up catching two more walleye that day.
I could tell a lot of fish stories from that river. I still go back to visit friends, I hope to one day fish it with the fly rod.
Small world! I fish it every chance I get, and I've caught a few Walleye by accident. I've also seen some pretty Musky that came from the Staunton! I know what you mean though, you never know what you'll hook next but there are some decent Smallies, I landed one about 4 years ago that went a tad over 4 pounds and I've caught numerous 2+ fish.
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