James River

Techniques 

With the water temperature getting close to 50 degrees the smallmouth will start their migration to the spawning grounds. Look for some depth that has chunk rock, boulders and/or ledge bottoms. The fish feel secure and looking for that easy meal here. By crawling, hopping or swimming a claw dad pattern in these areas you stand to catch possibly your biggest fish of the year!
Shad have arrived !! Check with the crew at Orvis Richmond for day to day reports and tips.

Seven-day forecast 

The river will see a rise and turn off color once again after the rain event on Tuesday.

Must Have Flies 
Gulley Worm Buy from Orvis.com
Craw Dawg Buy from Orvis.com
May's Full Motion Crayfish Buy from Orvis.com
Craw Dawg Buy from Orvis.com
Gulley's Crawfish Buy from Orvis.com
Report from: L.E. Rhodes
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