02/20/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3.   Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish
4.   Midges

Destinations: Jackson River Virginia
Probably the most popular trout stream in the state of Virginia is the Jackson River.
We have completed the information on it for the Stream Section of our Perfect Fly
website. The tailwater was at one time considered one of the hottest spots in the
nation for trout fishing, but law suits over rights to the stream greatly lessened its
accessibility. This is about the freestone river above Lake Moomaw.
The Jackson
River

Basics of Fly Fishing - Early Season Strategies
Continuing from yesterday's article, the first bit of strategy to be employed is to fish
subsurface. As long as the water temperature is in the low forties, there will be little
surface feeding from the trout. The trout just want be that active. If the water temp
does rise to the high forties or low fifties during the next few days, you may get
some surface action, but I doubt that's going to happen in the next couple of days.

The weather is going to be warm enough but as I write this short article early this
Saturday morning, the outside air temperature is 26 degrees. If the forecast is
correct, it should warm up to 55 degrees today. Normally, it wouldn't take long to
bring about an increase in the water temperature under those conditions, but
there's a huge amount of snow in the mountains that is going to affect it. The nice
warm weather will begin to melt the snow and add a lot of cold water to the streams.
For that reason, I don't expect the water temperature to rise very much.

This doesn't mean you want be able to catch trout. As I have consistently written
throughout the winter, trout can be caught in cold water. It does require different
techniques than it you would use in April or May. The bottom line to it is that you
have got to get the fly right in front of the trout so to speak. They are not going to
be chase it down. If you will stick with nymphs, you should be able to catch some
trout.