I got a surprise on Saturday and had a chance to fish and fish for a species with the fly rod that I never try. Our very good friends offered to have stay in their cabin outside of Boone, and fish the nearby New River. It was a great weekend and super spot to hang out. I stopped by the old reliable Curtis Wright Outfitters before I left and asked what I should use for flies. They sold me three flies and one was called a belly dancer, which I thought was funny.
Used my 5 wt and Ross reel with some 2x leader to give it a whirl. I was convinced I probably wouldn’t catch anything. Started with that belly dancer, but the 2x wasn’t enough and I was sure I was going to put that big hook in my ear. So I put on this white and green Clouse Minnow. It was lighter and I could cast a lot better. A few casts to the bank and the line went tight! Set the hook and had my first smallmouth on a fly. I was pretty impressed. A little while later I hooked another one near the bank on the same fly. They are good fighters and my buddy says they really hit hard in the summer. It was fun and I would definitely try that again.
I didn’t put my camera in by pocket thinking that I wouldn’t catch anything. Only one nice pic of the New River.
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