Hunters all over the Commonwealth are headed into the
woods for the fall hunting season and many fisherman and fly
fisherman love to hunt. That is one reason why I love fishing
during the hunting season. The streams are far less crowded
this time of year and as we head into rifle season there will be
even less pressure on the trout streams.
It is important if you fish this time of year to be aware
of hunters. Many fly fisherman are aware that wearing bright
colors can spook fish, especially on small clear mountain
This is the one time of year that you should break those
rules and put on the orange hats. This is even more important if
you have a long hike to the stream through the woods. I
always say if the trout can tell you what color hat you are wearing
you are too close to begin with.
Fishing in the National Forest is where you will encounter
the most hunters. Streams like the Jackson, the Bullpasture, and
North River delayed harvest section are places where you will want
to wear a lot of orange. If you fish on private land then
contact the owner and ask if there is any hunting allowed where you
will be fishing.
If you would like to avoid hunters all together then look
to fish in protected areas like the National Park. If you are
unfamiliar with Virginia's hunting season, check it out on the
VDGIFs website. www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/