Tag Archives: virginia fly fishing

Photos: Blue-Lining for Blue Ridge Brookies

Written by: Connor Tapscott 


The native brookies of the Blue Ridge Mountains are colorful and feisty.
Photos by Connor Tapscott

We strapped our gear to our packs, in preparation for the lengthy descent down an unmarked mountainside in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Sliding and stumbling down the . . .

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Video: The Fall and Rise of an Amazing Warmwater Fishery


Written by: Phil Monahan

Sportsmen are faced with so many potential conservation disasters–from Pebble Mine to the Everglades–that it’s heartening to focus on a success story. The folks at Flymen Fishing . . .

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Warmwater Wednesday: Bass Go Ga-Ga for Gurglers

Written by: Preston Ailor


The Gurgler provided just the right action and commotion to draw strikes.
Photos by Preston Ailor

I have a problem. I look through fly-fishing magazines and catalogs the same way teenage boys look at Kardashians’ Instagram accounts. One day, looking through the Orvis fly catalog, I . . .

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Photo of the Day: Accidental Striper on a 6-Weight


Written by: Phil Monahan

Mark McKinney shows off a bass of the kind he wasn’t fishing for.
Photo courtesy Mark McKinney

Virginia fishing guide Mark McKinney, erstwhile associate at the Orvis warehouse in Roanoke, sent in this great picture of a surprise catch on Sunday. Here’s his description: . . .

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Photos: Choosing the Bass Pond Over the Gym

Written by: Preston Ailor


Catching a nice largemouth is a plenty good workout.
Photos by Preston Ailor

I was supposed to go to the gym today. The weather this morning was apocalyptic, as the weatherman predicted. The storm front rolled in with low, dark, ominous clouds that opened. . .

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Photos: The Birth of a Fly Fisherman

Written by: Preston Ailor


Not bad for a first fly-rod fish, although the rod-in-mouth look has to go.
Photo by Preston Ailor

Brent is already a good fisherman. But at lunchtime this winter, I talked about fly fishing so much that he decided he’d give it a try. I offered to let him borrow one of my back-up outfits, but he. . .

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Photos: One Angler, 20 Days, and a New Perspective. . .

Written by: Preston Ailor


Finally fishing those “I wonder if. . .” waters was a benefit of the month-long challenge.
Photos by Preston Ailor

So I did it. I had to fish the last eight days straight, but I did it. And it was fun!

The beginning of September was easy, as I knew it would be. Labor Day came late and, as a teacher, that meant that I would have a full week without students. But as school started, . . .

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Photo of the Day: Virginia is for (Musky) Lovers


Written by: Phil Monahan

That is the satisfied smile of an angler who has achieved her goal.
Photo by Charlie Gordon

Reba Brinkman—programs director at Hunter Banks Co. in Asheville, North Carolina—worked hard on the James River to catch her first Virginia musky on the fly with Charlie Gordon of. . .

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