Saturday, March 26, 2011

There's Magic in the Air

The dogwoods are blooming, the water temps are rising, the fresh grass is of a color that makes my eyes happy...   there's magic in the air.

The "poor man's tarpon" have arrived in my neck of the woods and the excitement in the local anglers is evident.  The annual shad run is really quite amazing and I look forward to it every year.  It is a mere 5 minute drive from my yard to where the James River bends it's way through downtown Richmond.  So when I was given a few hours to do what I want to do, the choice was simple.  I dusted off the flyrod, loaded the yak and got on the water.  I got to one of my favorite spots and quickly hooked up to a nice hickory shad.  They fight well for a relatively small fish.  Not giving up easily, they pull fly line from my fingers, making it difficult not to smile.

But that's not the best part.

Next, thing you know, they fly out of the water, violently shaking their heads, just like mini-tarpon.

Not just once, but some jump several times... all shiny, glimmering, beautiful....

like I said....

there's magic in the air.


  1. Rob, your amazing man. I'm waiting for you to come out with a dvd. I plan pm going out this upcoming weekend, perhaps if you don't mind a mood heading out with you sometimes... hint hint..

  2. Good work. I need to get on some of those guys.

  3. LaFitte, you're gonna have to rely on Kayak Kevin for the DVDs. I might be doing a couple of small videos here and there, but Kev's the guy for full productions. But anyway, I wouldn't mind fishing with ya sometime. I'm gonna be out of town next Saturday for work, but maybe Sunday... or the following weekend. I'm still craving some Tog action.

    Justin, you just let me know when you want to try, I'd be happy to show you the spots.


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