Winter 2022 Fishing Thread and Discussion

It is winter, and with the snow blowing outside of my parents home in Abingdon (and covering most of the Commonwealth) I thought today would be a good day to start our first fishing thread of 2022.

I doubt I do much wetting of lines, between work and the demands associated with getting up to speed on new players and staff within the football program. Someday I will make the Feburary run down to try and get a bridge tarpon in the Keys. I am going to hit up the Richmond Fishing Expo in a couple of weeks to see if I can find a good deal on an HMG Eagle for my cousin's step son, who is interested in learning how to fish.

Post your reports and questions here for January and Feburary.

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My boat is on the hard as I try to fix the trim issue. I will be going to The Fly Fishing Show in Edison NJ in 3 weeks and the following week in Atlanta. I have no flies tied. I need several hundred, which seems extra daunting. All I do is tie earrings now.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

I have a deer tail in the bed of my truck you can have. It probably isn't any good though it has been there a couple three weeks now.

Haha I appreciate it man. Unless you hit it with salt or borax off the bat, it is probably too ripe for me

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

If anyone sees a Virginia tackle shop with Penn Fathom II's, size 15 (not the casting special) please let me know.

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Why don't you want the casting special?

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I have one. While I like the extra line capacity, I don't like the knob. Also, it seems to have much looser breaks and tends to backlash much easier than the regular 15. I will still use the casting special for the soft casts when I target cobia at Buckroe but it is very temperamental.

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can't you replace the knob; at least on the reel you already have?

I have been told that there are folks who can customize it with the knob from a Squall or Fathom. But I wouldn't trust myself to do it.

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Hatteras Jacks had them at one point. I'm sure Ryan would easily do it.

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I think he has the casting specials (that is where I got mine from.) Nobody seems to have the Fathoms. The guy from JandH told me he is hearing it could be summer before they get any in.

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has to be in Virginia?

I was saying Hatteras Jack had the knobs to make it like the Squalls.

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Also, for folks looking for winter big game fishing opportunities, two big hammerheads have been caught at Cape Point this week from the beach.

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Is anyone else going to the Expo this year?

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What day will you go French? Can you get up there Friday?

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It is probably going to be Saturday. Taking my cousin's step son to get him his first rod, either at the expo or the Greentop bucket sale

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Tough sledding yesterday; super high tides and too much breeze; but scratched out a couple undersized fish

My first trout of 2022

Quick question to pass the winter time...
We are renting a house this summer on Lake Anna. The warm side. Since they have a dock, and we'll be casting a line from there, do we need a license for each person? Or, as I interpret the code, since it's a private residence on the lake, and we'll be on that property, we don't need one...
Thank you in advance.

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I thought for sure the answer would be that you need a license but the VA code seems to indicate that if you have written consent from the landlord and you are on the property or private permanent extension then you don't need a license

Here is the language I found (would love someone else to confirm as well i.e HokieFlyGuy):
C. No license shall be required of bona fide tenants, renters or lessees to hunt, trap or fish within the boundaries of the lands or waters on which they reside or while within such boundaries or upon any private permanent extension therefrom, to fish in any abutting public waters if such individuals have the written consent of the landlord upon their person. A guest of the owner of a private fish pond shall not be required to have a fishing license to fish in such pond.

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That's how I was reading it. Guess we just need a letter from the owner, and that should cover it.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

This is interesting. Frankly, I never really thought about fishing the public water from a private access spot. I just knew I didn't need one while fishing on private farm ponds growing up. Based on that, it does appear you can fish from that private dock on Lake Anna without the license. The good thing about VA is licenses are very inexpensive compared to some other states. I rarely fish private water these days so I get licenses for a variety of states, every year.

For those buying licenses, you can download an app and store it on there.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Always a good idea to buy the license and contribute to VAGIF or whatever their name is now.

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣

Nevermind - was late to respond.

I was supposed to go to Blacksburg for the ND hoops game tomorrow night but canceled due to the impending snow. Instead I'll go wander around the VA Fly Fishing Festival for a few hours tomorrow. If anyone else is going, say what's up.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

If anyone wants to make the trek to The Fly Fishing Show in Edison, NJ (1/28-1/30) or Hotlanta (2/4-2/5) I will have my tying booth set up. Come on by. Might be the last shows I ever tie at.

Details: https://flyfishingshow.com/

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Edison NJ is an arduous 20 minutes from me. I'll check the calendar, maybe I'll swing by and say hi!

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Please do. My table is on tiers row. I'll have my sign up at says Knot the Reel World Fly Fishing with a redfish tail on it.

My table will look like this: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8CGchRBs4Z/

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Quick informal poll:
Daiwa Lexa, Penn Fathom baitcaster, or Shimano Tranx... which is the best heavy duty saltwater friendly baitcaster?

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No idea on saltwater, but I use a Diawa Lexa to throw baits for musky and it is by far the best low profile reel that I've used for that purpose. I have the 300 and have no trouble throwing baits up to 4oz, which is about as heavy as I throw. It works very well for aggressively working jakes, glide baits, bulldogs, topwater, etc. Love the single "power" handle for what I do. My Calcutta's and Cardiff's are gathering dust in the bottom of the boat. My $.02.

Thanks. Looking for a bucktail/eel sightcasting reel, which means decent capacity, and a bridge reel, where the 25 pounds of drag is vital.

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Richmond Fishing Expo has been cancelled due to the impending weather this weekend. The vendors and attendees are blistering them on social media. I don't know if it is warranted, but the weather reports are a mixed bag. Weather dot com saying there will be a dusting after rain. Accuweather saying several inches. I have seen reports of heavier accumulation east of Richmond. Who knows.

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