Christian Miles takes us into Virginia today as we talk about some of the great waters and flies that have come out of this historic part of the country.
We find out when you should be planning your next fishing trip and some of the special species that you may not have been thinking about that Virginia offers.
Christian tells us who his fly-tying hero is and he breaks down his Top 10 Must-have Fly Patterns!
We got another trivia question in this one! Check it out to find out!
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Fly Fishing Virginia Show Notes with Christian Miles
08:45 – Christian used to work in a fly shop, Big Lick Fly Fishing. Roanoke Virginia used to be Big Lick Virginia
11:20 – James Edward Burrows directed the TV show back in the day, Cheers – he also directed the popular show, Friends
16:00 – For summertime, the lakes are great for bass fishing – Smith Mountain Lake (for largemouth) and Clayton Lake (for smallmouth). Christian uses one of those Caddis inner tubes.
20:20 – Christian recently started fishing in Lake Moomaw – he learned about this lake from Blane Chocklett. You can find some chain pickel fish in this lake and a lot of different species.
24:45 – Mossy Creek is a popular fly fishing area in Virginia – there’s a fly shop in Harrisonburg near that creek called, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing. Fishing in Mossy Creek is all bank fishing, you can’t wade in there.
28:15 – The wintertime is their main trout season
29:30 – New River is right next to Radford – it flows north, runs through Radford, through Harrisburg, and all the way to West Virginia. New River is one of the oldest rivers in the world as well as the James River.
32:30 – They have Fly Fishing and Wine Festival in Virginia
32:45 – The South Fork of the Holston is where the biggest brown trout was caught in Virginia
36:00 – Christian tells us about Tommy Matiolli who’s a really good fly tyer. Christian’s favorite fly fisherman is Chuck Craft – he was Chris’s fly fishing hero
38:15 – Chuck Kraft sells these cork bugs that work great for smallmouth
40:20 – We talk about fishing the Chesapeake Bay
41:15 – For saltwater, a lot of people fish stripers in VA. We had an episode about stripers with Hogan Brown at WFS 284
44:00 – We talk about the Jackson River which is a really good brown trout fishery
45:30 – The Smith River is really good during the winter. Christian loves this one.
48:30 – Christian has been wanting to fish the Roanoke bass which has disappeared in the past 10-20 years
50:00 – Christian focus on carp fishing during the spring and summer
51:30 – Christian lives in Roanoke town and his home water is the Roanoke River
1:01:20 – Trivia question: What is the only native trout species to the state of Virginia?
1:02:40 – Fly Fisher’s Guide to Virginia was written by David Hart. This book has all the rivers and different places to fish for in VA.
1:03:30 – Christian mentions his top 10 Must-have Fly Patterns – scroll down to see the list
1:14:20 – We talk about Project Healing Water
1:19:45 – Christian recommends the Get Bent IPA beer, Three Knotch’d, Deschutes, Sculpin IPA. Three Floyds, Old Salem Brewing, Big Lick Brewing
Virginia Fly Fishing Top 10 Must-have Fly Patterns
- Golden Retriever
- Royal Wulf
- CK Baitfish
- Sulfur Perdigon
- Wooly Bugger
- The Game Changer
You can find Christian on Instagram @milesflyfishing
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