Fly Tying

The Fly Fishing Show - Atlanta!

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!

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August Fishing Report

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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!

Cicada Poppers = Smallmouth candy!   

Cicada Poppers = Smallmouth candy!

 

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Mid Summer Report

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!

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Give us a call to plan your trip!

Mid April update

The river are all blown out across the state. It may be another week before the James or New are even close to fishable after all of the rain earlier this week. That being said, the high mountain streams in the Parks are running very well and the trout are whacking dry flies with a vengeance!

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Also, this weekend is the South River Fly Fishing Expo in Waynesboro. I'll have a booth set up and be giving a presentation Saturday and Sunday on shallow water redfish techniques. There should be several good tiers and lots of good fly fishing info, plus some beer!

www.southriverexpo.org

Shallow Water Redfish Tactics

Many folks have asked me over the years for tips and tricks on catching my favorite quarry, Redfish. Luckily for anyone interested in chasing these hard pulling, crab crushers, I'll be giving presentations on how to catch them on in shallow water at the South River Fly Fishing Expo in Waynesboro on April 21st and 22nd!

For more information, check out www.southriverexpo.com

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Fly Fishing Shows

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hello at the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival last weekend! It was a blast meeting many of you and I look forward to fishing with you this season!

The next show I will be attending will be The Fly Fishing Show in Atlanta on February 2nd and 3rd. I'll be tying flies and talking all things fly fishing and have some flies and swag for sale as well. This is one of the best shows in the country, come check it out!

http://flyfishingshow.com/atlanta/

Finally, I will have a tying station at the South River Fly Fishing Expo on April 21 and will be speaking there about shallow water fishing for redfish!

http://southriverexpo.org/main/

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Twenty Eighteen!

To my clients, friends and family, I just wanted to say thank you very much for all of the trips, lessons, orders and support in 2017. This was the best year I have had so far at KTRW! I look forward to 2018 and making many more memories and helping spread my love of fly fishing!

Since it is cold and gnarly outside here in Richmond, I wanted to offer $10 off fly fishing lessons through the end of January. Simply purchase a lesson by the end of January and learn to tie flies for $40! You even get to keep your own creations. Message me at knotthereelworld@gmail.com with any questions or scheduling a lesson!

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GUIDING UPDATE!

For late April and all of May until Memorial Day Weekend I will be guiding in Southwest  Virginia on the New River working directly with New River Fly Fish owner Mike Smith and running his float trips on the New upriver from Claytor Lake. Trips offered are full or half day trips with a focus on smallmouth bass on topwater. This is some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the country! Trips will be available weekdays and on Sundays. 

New River trip pricing: 

Full day $495 ($395 1 angler)

1/2 day $375 (1 or 2 anglers)

For booking a trip, please call me directly for details at 571.334.4721 or send me an email at knotthereelworld@gmail.com. 

Five pound smallmouth