The Hickory and American shad are in thick in our river systems right now and very willing to hit a well placed fly! They fight hard and are often referred to as a “Poor Man’s Tarpon.” With recent rains, the James is blown out, however, we fish and guide on a smaller waterway that is not affected by the heavy rains! Striped bass and aggressive catfish follow the shad up into the rivers and can also be caught on fly. We have dates open to fish for these awesome fighters, 4/17 through 4/24. Don’t miss out on the action before they are gone!
We are looking forward to working with New River Fly Fishing for another Spring floating the upper New River (upstream of Claytor Lake) for trophy smallmouth bass! Last year we had fantastic fishing until the big rains blew us out for the second half of May.
Many of these fish can be sight cast to and caught on poppers. There is also a chance for musky and striped bass in the river as well. If you like smallmouth fishing, this is something you don’t want to miss out on!
We’ve got availability during the week and a very few select weekend dates. Trips are run from mid-April up until May 22nd.
Single Angler: $395
Two Anglers: $495
Contact us for more information!
Thank you very much to everyone who swung by my table at The Fly Fishing Show in Atlanta last weekend! It was a pleasure answering questions and talking all things fly fishing. I really appreciate the compliments and support!
The next show I will be attending is the South River Expo, in Waynesboro April 27 and 28th. You can find more information at www.southriverexpo.org
See you there!
For the second year, Knot the Reel World owner and head guide Chris Siess will be tying at The Fly Fishing Show in Atlanta, Georgia, Friday February 1st and Saturday February 2nd. Chris will be discussing tips and techniques for tying a variety of flies including, but not limited to, patterns for Redfish, Smallmouth Bass, and Muskie! Flies will be available for purchase as well!
If you are in Atlanta area or want to make the trip down for this epic fly fishing event, be sure to stop by and say hello!
We now have earrings available for purchase! All of them are made to order, so you get exactly what you would like from a color and size perspective. Please contact us and we can custom design a pair (or more) for you or that special lady in your life. $15/pair Flat rate of $5 shipping.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our clients, friends and followers! We really appreciate all of your business throughout the year!!
Located in or near Richmond, Virginia, and ever wanted to learn how to fly fish? The winter, or the fly fishing off-season, if you will, is a prime time to do so! While the fishing is slow, learning how to fly cast in the winter allows an angler the opportunity to practice in their free time, so when the waters warm come spring, they can be armed and ready for hungry fish.
Many of our clients want to learn “on the fly,” meaning while they are fishing. While this certainly can be successful (they often are), we have found that taking a bit of time to learn the basic mechanics of fly casting in one of our private lessons exponentially improves the experience for those getting into the sport or looking to knock the rust off. Fly fishing, while not difficult, does take three or four main tenants to be aware of when learning to cast. Working solely on these tenants first prior to actually fishing will lead to improved casting distance, accuracy and better overall casting and fish fighting performance once on the water. Our instructors help all of our clients build a foundation of casting skills in a short, two hour lesson, which can immediately be translated to on the water success.
Our lessons are held at Byrd Park in Richmond, Virginia. With wide open spaces and a large pond to practice casting in, we can help teach anyone from no experience, to those looking for a tune up prior to a tournament or visit to a far off location for any species!
All you need is a positive, can do attitude and a willingness to listen, and we’ll have you fly casting, or greatly improved casting, in under two hours.
Fly Tying is another aspect of the sport that can be learned during the off season. When it’s snowing outside and the rivers are frozen over, beat the cabin fever spending a few hours cranking out Woolly Buggers in preparation for the upcoming summer season. Like fly fishing, fly tying can appear daunting. It isn’t! It simply takes a few small tips and tricks to get going before the beginner is off to the races, tying their own flies. There is nothing more gratifying than catching a fish on a fly tied by oneself! We can teach first time beginners or those with years of experience how to improve their tying skills.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your family this Christmas, why not a two hour fly fishing or fly tying lesson?
Contact us with any questions!
Rain, rain, go away! This has been the wettest summer we can ever remember. It has certainly fouled up our fishing in much of Virginia, but never fear, the fishing is very good right now.
Out in the Chesapeake Bay there are lots of schoolie stripers to be caught on our kayaking trips. There are also the occasional redfish showing up!
Around Richmond, the Chickahominy has been fishing well for bass, pickerel and the feisty bowfin. The James River is still too high to fish, but the North Anna is at great wading levels and perfect for anglers of all skill levels.
Smallmouth fishing on the New is really heating up. The water is up, but clear. The fish are actively hitting cicada poppers, which we have for sale on this site. This September, we will be offering float trips on the upper New River for trophy smallmouth bass. This is an excellent time of the year to catch a trophy fish, on top! Contact us for more info on these world class float trips for big bronzebacks!
Don't forget, if you want to learn to fly fish, we offer casting lessons in Byrd Park! Contact us to set up a lesson and we will have you casting and addicted to fly fishing in no time!
As many of you know, we have had rains of nearly historical proportions throughout the state of Virginia through May and June.
This has led to tough fishing conditions to say the least. The good news is water levels have finally retreated in Central VA and we are taking lots of folks out to the North Anna River for a variety of species.
Several folks are taking trips to fish the Chickahominy Reservoir with us, as well as out on the Chesapeake Bay trips at the mouth of the Rappahannock River for striped bass and croaker. Summer is a great time of the year to fish for bowfin and largemouth bass on the Chick, see the photos below of some big fish caught on our very own Bangarang fly!
Give us a call to plan your trip!
We just wrapped up our spring season on the upper New River above Claytor Lake. Lots of rain made the scheduling a bit of a juggle but when we were able to get out on the water, the weather was exceptional and the fishing was on fire! Multiple fish over 15" were landed, including several over 18"!!
Many of these fish were caught sight fishing as they were staging in shallow water looking for alewife swimming up the river. The big smallmouth fell to poppers and streamers stripped quickly along or close to the surface. Double Barrel poppers, Miracle Whip Minnow and Shimmering Minnow were our most successful flies.
KTRW will be running some trips in late summer and early fall for topwater smallmouth eating cicadas. Don't miss out on the action!