Shad Report

Posted on by Green Top.

The shad bite is good right now with both the air and water temperature rising. The big news this week is that the larger American Shad have been caught reportedly up to 6lbs! This is the time to be on the water to see what it is all about. The James is clearing up to the greenish glacial tint that most anglers like to see this time of year, bringing in the first trickle of White Perch. The Herring are thick in some places, which are going to bring some … Read More »

Richmond’s Spring Fishing on the Fly

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For the fly angler, spring is almost too good in central Virginia.

With so many excellent fishing options, time available to spend on the water is the only constraint. In the interest of brevity, I will stick to the fishing right around my home in Richmond.

The real jump start to the season is always the annual Shad run on the James. Starting in March, deep sinking lines and bright flies can take these fish downstream of Ancarrow’s Landing. As the temperatures warm, and the fish move up to the 14th St … Read More »

The Selective Crap Part III

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Fishing curly tail jigs under bobbers has long been a technique utilized by crappie spin fisherman. The same technique is equally productive when targeting these fish with a fly rod, especially when fish are finicky and will not bite a stripped in fly. There are two ways in which to mimic this technique when fly fishing for crappie.


Early in the season, we will rig up our rods as if we were nymphing for trout. A strike indicator is placed on the leader anywhere from 18” to 48” up from the … Read More »

Weekly Fishing Report 07/27/2012

Posted on by Green Top.

BAY- The Flounder bite is red hot throughout the bay right now. Anglers are catching them at Buoy 42, The Cell, Back River Reef, the islands and pilings of the CBBT, and many other places. Traditional Flounder rigs with strip baits, live bait rigs, and jigs adorned with Gulp! baits or strip bait are all effective. We haven’t heard of many trophy sized fish, but many nice sized fish are being had daily. Spadefish are quite numerous at the Cell, as are anglers targeting them. Reports of 100 fish days … Read More »