Spring Has Sprung

April 10, 2023
Matt Miles

I have been rolling since the first of March and just now getting a chance to update on whats going on. I had a awesome week down at Roanoke Rapids, NC for the annual migration of Hickory and American (White) shad. This year was my first time guiding shad down there and it was a big hit with the clients that came down. I will plan to return each year now that I have the interest for the fishery. We had 100 plus days on the fly and likely 200 plus days on the fly it was a great season!

Started smallmouth bass guiding March 1st. With the typical March weather the fishing was up and down as usual with the ever changing weather. We did catch some great fish this Spring so far on streamers. I was out today and fish were aggressive in the morning and afternoon bite has been very slow, its actually been the norm this year. Fish are likely close to spawn on most rivers with temps rising.

Trout fishing as been great this Spring. Started with the brookies waking up from Winter with hacthes of March Browns. The Jackson finally has some great flows. We have reached my favorite time of year on the Jackson river. Last week the caddis hatch has started and thats one of the best hatches of the season. We have caught some great fish lately on dries and nymphs. Soon I will be heading to NC to guide striped bass for a few weeks. I will do my best to keep up with the blog on whats going on!

Some awesome news, I was nominated as a "Guide of the Year" finalist and will find outcome early May. Wish me luck!

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