Mild temperatures and great water levels have combined to produce some excellent fishing so far this winter for our cold water species, trout and musky . Most stocked waters have been fishing well any day of the week. Brookie streams have been fishing well on the warmer days. Fish the sunny spots.
Here is the current VDGIF stocking report.
Hot flies have been, streamers/wooly buggers in the thin mint color to the peach/golden retriever should produce some fish on stocked waters. Caddis pupa, black stoneflies/black copper johns and midges in a variety colors should produce well on both brookie and stocked trout waters. If you’re a dry or die angler, royal wulfs, Mr. rapidans and small stimulators should convince some brookies to come to the surface and small blue wing olives, pale morning duns and adams should trick some of the big fishing you’ll see sipping.
The musky bite well, it’s the musky bite. We’ve had trips that we’ve boated five in a day and trips that we’ve only seen one fish. That’s musky fishing. This is prime time to chase them if you’re up for it. Watching one of these monsters follow your fly to the boat and inhale it on the figure 8 is one of the most exciting/heart stopping experiences you can have with a fly rod in your hand. The key to musky fishing/catching is putting in the time and keeping your fly in the water as much as possible.
The Jackson river tailwater has been producing some very nice fish this winter. If you like throwing big streamers to big browns this is definitely where you want to spend some time. Water flows play a big part in getting these big fish moving and looking to feed.
If you would like more information about any of the above mentioned please, feel free to give us call. We guide seven days a week for all those species. We are always happy to help ensure your time on the water is well spent.