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    2018 Southern Trout featuring John Roberts.

    Aug 2, 2020- EXCELLENT Seasonal Levels-- Some decent rain is in the forecast the next 2 days. July was one of the best summer months I have fished in several seasons and August is looking excellent also starting out . It's all about rainfall and the headwater springs and streams are still pumping out lots of water on the watersheds close by.  We have been taking some really  nice, healthy and hard fighting Rainbows in the 10- 18'' Range on Terrestrials including hoppers, ants & & beetles  on my stream trips . Please contact me for availability.  A huge favorite this season has been  my Introduction  to Flyfishing  Trips. These trips are always fun  at a mountain pond setting. and will get you started  as you  learn the equipment, flycasting, basic entomology, proper catch & release , trout , safety and much more. The last couple of hours you  get to test yourself in some high energy, high leaping Rainbow trout.. Gift Certificates can be mailed immediately.  

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    "Roberts knows  the area waters with the sort of familiarity which can only come from a lifetime of angling, and he has just the sort of  laid-back personality that works equally well for putting novices at ease or offering tips to seasoned veterans. '' Jim Casada, The Angling Review

     

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     2020  AUGUST  FLYFISHING OVERVIEW -  August can be a slowdown month but not this year.  One of the gauges I use to determine trout health  &  fishability in the warmer months  is testing to see if trout will rise on a fly mid-day and they are running strong & hungry this year. As insect  aquatic hatches slow this month land based insects play a bigger part in the trout diet. This is  a fun time to try ant, beetle, grasshopper  and the many other terrestrials along streamside this month. One of the main considerations in  the handling of trout  at this time to keep them as wet as possible as you remove the fly hook, This means wetting your hands before touching them and getting them  back in the water as soon as possible. Trout are cold water creatures and much more delicate than bass . It is not a bad idea to take  any pictures of them in or under the water. Trout  this month are much more tippet and predator  shy as waters go down so 6x - 8x tippets can gsme changers especially in hammered public waters. 

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  • From the Journal of An Old Trout Guide - Fall 2012

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    Fall Edition - 2012

    Fall Edition- As a professional trout guide I get fishermen from all over the world and with that comes a huge commitment from my end to make the day special for each and everyone of them despite  having nature throw you a curve every now and then. A few years ago I had a 2 day late Spring trip with some clients from New England who only wanted to catch trout on dry flies, top water as we call it. This certainly is the most focal and dramatic way to enjoy the sport of fly fishing if nature cooperates. The night before our first day we had an unexpected 2'' rain storm hit on the waters I had laid out for the first day.  We headed out to the stream next morning and it was running high and very muddy. I knew my clients were not happy but I always have a backup plan. I told them  that dry fly fishing might just be impossible this day and that we would have to change the mindset and fishing strategy a bit. I sensed some disappointment but I tried to stay on mission of making a special day despite what nature had dealt us. We drove for an hour to a high elevation high gradient mountain  headwater stream loaded with wild Rainbows. This type stream can usually taking a pretty good rain but still be fishable in a few hours.  This stream was running high and what I call milky when we arrived and really in great shape to catch a trophy fish. 

  • From the Journal of An Old Trout Guide - Spring 2012

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    Spring Edition - 2012

    One good thing about a flyfishing outing is that most times you come away with a good story, share a great a time with friends or relatives, enjoy great scenery and you generally always learn something no matter how many times you go. I know because this has always been the case with me.

    Just a few years ago I had a single angler who wanted to experience the Jackson Rver in Bath County. I always get psyched up a little more when taking folks up there as the Jackson is as good as it gets in Virginia trout fishing.  We took a long hiking trek in to one of my ''honey'' spots that May day. Caddis activity was very heavy this day and we started  fishing upstream in a long section of riffle water. The  dry #14 Tan Caddis started turning trout heads immediately and in a 300' section we caught and released over 40 colorful Rainbows and Browns in just a little bit.  One was a big ole 5 pound hook jawed Rainbow. I told my guy that this was an exceptional time so enjoy it.

  • From the Journal of An Old Trout Guide - Spring 2013

     

    Spring Edition - 2013

    I have had the honor of taking of taking many, many people flyfishing over the years and the education process cuts both ways. They depend on me to introduce them to a brand new pursuit from the starting gate many times. Others may have varying degrees of experience, it makes no difference. We all learn from each other I will always believe. One of my favorite fishermen over over the years has been retired U.S.  Virginia Senator John Warner who was once married to Elizabeth Taylor. John is an experienced fisherman whom I have had a lot of fun with on several occasions.