With my boat fixed I was able to hit the lower end of Smith Mountain Lake to do some fly fishing for carp. We launched at Parkway Marina and fished the Craddock Creek area.
The cicada hatch is waning — Parkway’s James Clayton said the buzzing that was deafening last week has really tapered off – but there were still some bugs on the water and still plenty of fish looking for them. My fishing partner for the morning, Doug Jessie, and I managed to catch about a dozen carp. The fishing was good, but not so good that it got boring.
Talk down about carp all you want, but these sonofaguns fight. I hooked (and lost) a 3-pound bass and the fight was nothing compared to the 4- and 5-pound carp. The first fish of the day was a 4.5-pound bass Doug caught, and he had the thing in the boat quickly compared to the time it took to get the carp in. Our biggest carp may have been 6 pounds. I can’t imagine fighting a 15-pounder on fly gear.
I’ll have a full story and pix on Sunday’s Outdoors page in The Roanoke Times.
In the meantime, has anyone else gotten out to take advantage of the cicada hatch? Either on Smith Mountain Lake or elsewhere?