James River: Middle James: Contributed by local angler Doug Reynolds. Fishing conditions on the middle James River have been poor. Weather conditions have kept us off the river for the past couple of weeks due to high winds and rain. The river is up and running 2.69 feet at Cartersville with a flow of over 4000cfps. The next few days should bring better weather conditions for fishing. River temperatures have been dropping so the smallmouth should start making their move to their wintering holes. This is a great time of year to get out and catch a trophy smallmouth. Following the sun with your bait choices can lead to some great fishing. Staying high in the water column in low light (morning/afternoon) and moving to the bottom in high light (mid day) situations. Good Luck! As always, let's go fishing! See you on the river.
James at Lynchburg: Angler's Lane, (434) 385-0200, www.anglerslane.com. Field Perrow reports that mountain free stones are fishing quite well this time of year. The brookies are slow and deliberate in their takes, and predictable in their lies. Standard dry patterns such as Hi-Viz Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, and Olive Elk Hair Caddis are steady producers. Standard nymph patterns are producing as well. Expect to remove a few leaves from your line. Don't over look swinging wet flies and even throwing some small streamers to bring out the bigger spawning fish.
Virginia's tailwaters are fishing very well right now. The leaves are not an issue on larger rivers such as the Jackson. Wild rainbows are very cooperative in the faster water and the browns are moving into their spawning positions. Patterns such as stone fly nymphs and Kreelex streamers are turning fish. Occasional BWO hatches are occurring with some caddis around also.
Warm water fishing is slowing down. Smallmouth in the James are moving into their wintering stage as the water temperature drops. This means fishing will be low and slow but chances at bigger fish increase in these conditions. The same goes for still waters too. For the latest info and patterns stop in our shop in Forest, or take a look online at anglerslane.com.