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VA Smith River Tailrace - Fishing

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Lat: 36.780983
Lng: -80.025917

Marker owner: Brownie

Average user rating for this marker: 5

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Marker Description: The Smith River is a 20-mile tailrace from Philpott Lake Dam - a trophy brown trout fishery through urban areas.

The Smith River still holds a healthy wild reproducing brown trout population with the the largest up to 10 lbs.

The Smith is flat and wide with equal depth of water across its 100-foot width, like the Madison River in Montana. The flow is pool and riffle; repeat.

Fishing is best along the edges and riffles and gravel bars and under the overhanging trees and rhododendron, submerged logs, even shade.

Fish see a lot of patterns and spook easily - the Sulfur Dun, March Brown and Hendrickson hatches are of note. Some locals like to toss a black ant or other terrestrial for a change of pace.

Fishing in the lower sections below the trophy section is good to get away from the crowds and less selective fish.

Recommended Flies: Elk Hair Caddis (#12—#18), March Brown, Sulphur (#14—#18), Blue Winged Olive (#18—#24), Mosquito (#16—#22), Patriot (#10—#16), Light Cahill, Adams, Hendrickson, Sulphur (#16—#18), Midges (#18—#24), Crayfish (#2—#10), Muddler Minnow (#2—#10), Woolly Buggers (#2—#10), Stonefly nymphs, Beetles, Hoppers, ants, Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear.

Regulations: Single-hook artificial lures and flies, 2 trout limit over 16 inches per day.

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