Interest in muskie fishing continues to grow in Western Virginia.
If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the muskie gear offerings available at Gander Mountain, Sportsman’s Warehouse and even the Lodge at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Some muskie fanatics take it a step further and throw flies for the critters. And, by flies, I mean giant fur- and feather-covered monstrosities that weigh more than the average chicken.
Roanoke’s Orvis shop will host a free class on fly fishing for muskies on Saturday, March 2. The class starts at 2 p.m. and is schedule to run for 90 minutes. Call the store at 345-3635 for more info.
On the same topic, someone looking for one-on-one instruction could take it a step further and book a guided trip.
Britt Stoudenmire and his crew at the New River Outdoor Company offers guided muskie fly fishing trips. Check out their site for more information, including a couple of cool videos of fights with muskies.
I found the picture above on guide Matt Miles’ site. I don’t know Miles but from his site it’s clear he focuses a lot of attention on muskie fly fishing in this area. You can find more info on his site HERE.
I’m sure there will be more info available at the Orvis seminar on other guides who specialize in muskies.
Writing this has got me thinking about muskies. This is a good time to get after them. I’ve never caught one, not even by accident when smallmouth fishing. It would probably help if I actually tried! Maybe this is the spring to give it a shot.