James River

James River Report, May 26

Posted by Phil Lilley on May 28th, 2016
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Fished the James Thursday, parking at the confluence of the Finley and walking as far down as I could before it was over my head. Fished streamer patterns all morning, mostly a fly I have grown to love called the Mohawk Sculpin (pics below). Fish are in fine shape, and the river has good water as well. Hooked plenty of fish and saw several deer, plus one really confused Tom turkey that didn’t get the memo that Turkey season was over!

Like I said in an earlier post; the river has changed, as it always does, but is in great shape. I found fish in “new” spots, and some in the old reliable spots as well. Didn’t see any beds, so I’d say the spawn is officially done or the floods washed the beds out.

I’m going to kayak this stretch, to Hootentown, Tuesday and will post a report after. Now that Memorial Day has kicked summer off, my fishing days will be during the week, either in the evenings or when I’m not traveling. I like people, but in small doses, and not on the river unless they are with me…

Mohawk Sculpin, size 4

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Happy Memorial Day!

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