Cold Weather Pompano on the Fly – St. Lucie Inlet, Florida

 

During the cooler months of the winter and early spring, schools of pompano invade the flats just inside the St. Lucie Inlet in southeast Florida. Marcia Foosnar then wades these shallows tossing flies to hook these rugged little fighters. All of the action is sight casting is water less than 2 feet deep!

Published April 3, 2017

Wild Brook Trout on the Rose River

             

The Rose River is in the watershed of Virginia’s Rappahannock River and supports a population of wild Southern Appalachian brook trout.

Access is easy to the stream via the Rose River Trail that follows the water upstream into the eastern side of the Shenandoah National Park.

Shoal bass on Middle Georgia’s Flint River

 

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The Flint River just west of Macon is running at the lowest level in many years. That concentrates the native shoal bass, making them easier to find. The species is native only to the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola river drainage in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, but the Flint River holds the best population of these river bass. Fly fishing is an exciting way to go after these fish, with white popping bugs or Wooly Buggers being good fly choices.

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                                                                              Shoal Bass                                                          Spotted Bass

Shoalies usually run less than 15 inches, but the world record from the Flint weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces. Unfortunately, invasive spotted bass now are showing up in the river too. There’s no size limit on them and anglers are encouraged to take home a limit of 10 of the spots for a fish dinner.

Published October 16. 2016