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Archive for July, 2010

New River Smallies on Poppers are Hard to Beat….

Sat…July 31,2010…..Wowl what a big weather change. Some areas in SW Virginia didnt hit 75F today and got some good rain, that is, the slow but steady showers that keep water levels in good shape but do not muddy things up. We should have a good week coming up to do both trout and smallie trips. Here’s a clip of client Mike Martin landing a summer smallie on the New R….we ended up with about 35-40 fish on poppers:
View Clip…….. http://bit.ly/docIxr

Have a great weekend!

Jeff

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Crankin’ ‘Em Out….

July 30, 2010………sometimes playing catch up on fly orders is like Santa’s elves trying to catchup on Christmas Eve……the tying bench is a potpourri of paint, hooks, foam, and fantastic fumes…….should be some great smallmouth bugs if I can get finished without blowing up…lol

Will have a fishing report later today…..have a great Friday~!

Jeff

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More Smallmouth Bass……..

Fri…..July 30,2010……. I often get questions from folks on smallmouth bass flies…Here’s a great and relatively new pattern now carried by Umpqua that was developed by Ozark guide Duane Hada. The fly is called a Hada Creek Crawler. They work well for smallies. Also, check out this clip on my blog of Duane fishing for smallies using this fly. He is fishing in conditions and water types that are very much like what we have here. Check it out at this link: http://bit.ly/bklgK0

Hope your weekend is grand…!

Jeff

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Nice Evening of Bassing in Summerfield….

Thurs….July 29,2010…..spent this afternoon with Tim Cooke, took him to one of our ponds here in Summerfield. Fishing on this water right now is an early or late proposition, and we did ok managing 3 bass, a pair of 2 pounders and a 3 pounder, and several more takes we missed. Missed 3 surface takes on one of my blue damsel poppers. Will be heading to the Smith tomorrow am for some early morning terrestrial action. Have a great evening.

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
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Poppers……..

Thurs……July 29,2010…..Its popper time for sure, have been having some good popper action on smallmouth lately. Expecting some good fishing later today as well, taking Tim Cooke of Winston-Salem, NC out for some largemouth action this afternoon. Its great to watch a largemouth explode on a popper and tear a hole in the surface layer of vegetation here on our pond. SoHo continues to fish well, we have had great dry fly action over there and the TVA has provided some decent release schedules lately. Let’s Go Fishing…….more to come later today.

Jeff

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Stormy Weather……

Tues……July 27,2010…..Just got in a while ago and it is pretty stormy in the hills. Severe thunderstorms in all the mountain counties bordering Virginia. A team of investigators from the National Weather Service confirmed a weak EF0 Tornado in Surry County that touched down along Hwy 89 and Hidden Valley Rd. It caused some damage and one resident lost about 40 trees. Winds were estimated at between 73 and 100 mph. Hold on Toto, we are going for a spin……Have a great afternoon

Jeff

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Dog Day Heat Can Hold Some Treats…..

Sat ……July 24,2010……Finally the area smallmouth waters are clearing and dropping at a rapid pace and the topwater bite is pretty good. Today was a scorcher…..when areas like Wytheville, Bastian, and Bland VA hit the 90F mark you know its a hot one. But the smallie bite is on….the fish above came at 1pm under a blazing sun and a bluebird sky and sucked in a popper …the fish came from a mid river grassbed next to a couple of deep ledges…this spot produced a couple of fish in the 3 to 3 3/4lb range. Right now the topwater bite is an all day possibility with an especially good bite at sun up and also at sun down. We will be doing a lot of these trips in the coming weeks…..join us for one and let’s go fishing….!

Jeff

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Summer Tailwater Olives…..

Fri….July 23, 2010…..Just catching up on some stuff at my "office" (how many offices have rods, reels, tying benches…its pretty cool). Had some good smallie fishing midweek, and some good dry fly action continuing on TN and VA tailwaters. Sulphurs continue to pop on the South Holston, and everywhere else its craneflies, summer BWOs (#20,24 Baetis in TN, and #24 Pseudocloeon in VA-Smith R), small black caddis, blackflies, and terrestrials. Small streams a few of the above bugs, along with Lt Cahills, orange spinners (dusk), yellow sallies #16, and terrestrials (beetles and para ants). Another effective rig for summer creek fishing is a dry Elk wing caddis with a small red #20 copper john or lime green one. Have some openings in the coming weeks, we are into a great stable weather pattern that should produce good smallmouth action and good small stream fishing and tailwater fishing. And some opportunities as close as an hour away. Lastly, one of our private waters will fish as well right now as anywhere you could fish, with both numbers of fish and large fish, and all while avoiding the sun and summer heat while standing in very comfortable 54F water…..does it feel great….? You bet it does, and you can enjoy it and catch lots of fish at the same time. Don’t let this summer heat get to you…….Let’s Go fishing!

Have a wonderful weekend and be blessed…

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
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New River Smallies…..

Thurs…July 22, 2010……Guiding Art Kriner today, fishing the New, good day, 7 smallies and a mix of redeyes and redbreast. More to come later…

Jeff

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Greetings from the SoHo…..

Wed….July 21,2010…..Finally got on some actively rising fish, got about 10 or so at the end, it was a little more challenging than previous weeks but still good. Some good browns, we got some great Bwo action at the end, got some great results with a new emerger pattern for the summer olives. Guided Neil Clark today, it was great and can’t wait for a repeat. Neil was a blast. Doing a smallmouth trip with Art Kriner tomorrow, will be out bright and early. Good evening

Jeff

Jeff Wilkins Fly Fishing
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