Dry Fly Hog

So much rain. The rivers around Floyd are high and some are flooded out. In between torrential downpours I managed to head out to the trout stream and landed this bad boy on a caddis. Not bad for a mountain stream. 

Dry Fly Hog



The New River

I spent some time last week targeting large mouth bass on the new river. The New houses mostly small mouth and the occasional musky. This river is an amazing fishery, with sizable fish around every corner. I was able to land this bad boy and several others. Just another day in paradise.

Bass Large Mouth



Trailer Trash

I am not a trout bumb. I am a fly fishing bumb. This particular outing was aimed at catching carp on the fly. Not just any carp, large carp. I hear these fish put up an amazing fight and 20 lbs of fury was just what I needed. I packed my gear and headed to a large pond in southern virginia loaded with carp, coy and catfish. I still have no Idea how the coy got there, but who cares.  This pond was in the middle of nowhere and had an abandoned fishing shack alongside it. This looked promising. I tied on a parachute dry and began the day. Carp began to surface sucking down insects left and right, they sounded like a drain swallowing too much water. The first carp took me well over 20 minutes to bring in and was pushing the 18 lb mark. Awesome. Then another. The coy didn’t disappoint either.

Some purist fly fisherman would deem these fish as mud sucking trailer trash but not me. These fish were beautiful. It was a blast catching these monsters  and I cant wait until I do it again. Long live catch and release.


Burks Fork

Burks Fork is a well known hot spot for the locals of Floyd county. This meandering stream runs through fields and cattle farms beneath the shadow of buffalo mountain. I love to fish this stream once summer shows its true colors because its a chance to catch  some sizable fish  (if you know where to look). This stream is a class “A” stocked stream which means it’s stocked about 8 times a year. The one negative thing about Burks is that its inconsistent. Once stocked, you can count on the steam to be overrun… hardly a place for solitude. Oh, and the water depth is constantly changing due to rainstorms and hot spells. Aside from that, Burks proves to be a wonderful place to enjoy a beer and catch a few brown trout.

I find the best time of year to fish this stream is early winter and early summer because there’s no one there. At various points you fish alongside cattle, ducks and other farm animals. Its great. Burks is also a wonderful place to learn how to fly fish. At several points the stream opens into fields. No trees and a carefree backcast make it easier for beginners to focus of fly presentation and landing a fish. If you’re in the area hit this little gem up.