Captain Matt's Blog

Best Topwater Smallie Action
September 15, 2022
The past few weeks has been outstanding topwater fishing for smallmouth bass. The annual cicadas have started to die off from the cooler nights. Since a cicada is a easy to catch piece of protein, smallies are paying attention to the surface more and ready to inspect what just fell on the surface.
Summer Smallies
July 24, 2022
Hard to believe July is almost over but time flies when having fun. Its been a good Summer so far targeting my favorite freshwater fish the smallmouth bass. No matter their size every smallmouth fights with everything its got when hooked. Besides how hard they pull and jump, smallmouth bass fishing is simple. They eat on the surface or under so you only need a few good flies. Also their typically not leader shy so 10-15 pound leader is all you need.
End of Spring
June 5, 2022
Spring is coming to a close and it has been a great year on the water so far! I spent three weeks guiding two trips a day in Weldon, NC on the Roanoke river for migratory striped bass. This year was different than all my other previous years. The water stayed consistent majority of the run but the river flow was lower than years past. Wasn't a lot of fish high in the rapids due to the lower flow but there was some nice stripers. Most of my time there was fishing downstream finding huge schools of hungry fish. A couple mornings never left the sight of the ramp due to amount of striped bass feeding. Already looking forward to next year down there and thank you to all that came down to enjoy this awesome fishery!
Variety of Spring in Virginia
April 21, 2022
Spring is in full swing here in central Virginia. Flowers and trees blooming far as the eye can see. The rivers have been especially beautiful with all the different colors. Maybe it comes with age but I have differently been looking at the scenery more than I used to. Besides all the pretty colors, the fishing really starts to heat up with warming water temps. Right now just a short drive from my home in Amherst County, VA I can go smallmouth bass fishing, striped bass, and trout. With all the variety of species to target one has to think a little harder on which one to pursue
Change is coming!
March 13, 2022
Well it has felt like Spring the past few weeks but we got a hard reminder this weekend that Winter isn't over. Rain, snow, and high wind greeted us yesterday at Escatawba Farms for a fly fishing school with Tale Tellers fly shop. The ten anglers that signed up braved the cold and the wind to learn how to nymph, streamer, and dry fly fish for trout along with learning where trout like to hold in a river or stream. Although the air temps went from 60 to 20 degrees in a 12 hour period the fish still cooperated for the us
Return from the Jungle
February 24, 2022
I returned home just a few days ago from another amazing trip to Brazil. Its been since November 2019 since my last visit there. It was a long two years but once aboard the mothership for 7 days on the Rio Negro I felt like I never left
Days Gone By
January 8, 2022
Happy New Year! Its been awhile since I have done a blog but what better day to do it when its below 30 thirty degrees outside? You may have noticed the new website by now and this is one of the reasons I have been slacking on doing a post. Now that I have learned how to edit and create on the new site I'll get my butt in gear on keeping it fresh.
Bug Fishing Coming to a End
October 19, 2021
Fall has officially arrived. Warm weather is still hanging on with some cooler mornings requiring a vest or light jacket. With the cooler night temps the remaining annual cicadas will die off and with the cooler nights brings cooler water temps.
Skinny Water Smallies
October 19, 2021
Its been a bump and grind over the past month with rivers lowering from the lack of rain. My 11 year old drift boat receiving more scratches each day. We have received some much needed rain this past weekend and more forecasted this week.
Summer Small Jaws
October 19, 2021
Well Summer is in full swing here in Virginia. Humidity, bugs, and hungry smallmouth bass have been keeping us busy on the area rivers.
Better Late Than Never
October 19, 2021
I have been behind on keeping the blog up to date, I apologize. My Spring has been packed with trips, so no complaints other than sore shoulders.
Marching into Spring
October 19, 2021
Its been 15 days since I have had to wear thermals aka long johns, hallelujah! February was cold and wet, thankfully we have had a 15 day break from rain with temps in the 50’s to 70’s, its been glorious.
Just a Snow Show
October 19, 2021
Well the groundhog got this one right, six weeks more of Winter. The past few February’s have been mild but not this one.