Ah winter, the time of year to stay inside, tie flies by the fire and let your gear collect dust. False.
Although this snowy season presents its challenges the rewards can be great. Like most obsessive fisherman, I continually search for a body of water that hits all the sweet spots. This January I discovered a section of the Smith river that met all my requirements. This 20 Mile tailwater starts at the base of Philpott Dam VA. With a consistent temperature of 50 degrees (even in the summer time) it supports a thriving population of native brown trout.
The Smith has is all- tranquil beauty, native trout, a healthy population of birds / insects and enough room to get lost.
This is one river that deserves some love.
Long Live Catch & Release – Cheers.