Though the Shenandoah River flows solely about 70 miles west of the metropolises of D.C. and Baltimore, you’d by no means comprehend it once you’re floating via the rolling hills of this attractive borderland between northern Virginia and the West Virginia panhandle. And in case you’re a smallmouth junky, what you may discover here’s a wholesome inhabitants of trophy bronze with out the crowds interested in extra well-known rivers just like the Susquehanna to the north and the New to the south. Figuring out that host Joe Cermele has the smalljaw illness unhealthy, veteran Shenandoah information Travis Edens of King Fisher Guide Services did not should twist his arm to get him all the way down to his dwelling waters, which Edens refers to as a “diamond within the tough.” After all, due to an abnormally moist spring, Edens’ prefered stretch on the decrease Shenandoah close to Harpers Ferry, W.V., had been on a curler coaster experience of clarities earlier than the crew confirmed up. Armed with solely fly rods and restricted spinning sort out, the coffee-colored water meant considering quick and shifting gears to the North Fork of the Shenandoah. Whereas this wasn’t plan A, it proved to be an distinctive plan B, filthy with simply the best sorts of construction to make a fly angler giddy. The group needed to put their heads collectively to get on the massive bronze in new water, however as soon as they acquired dialed in, it was recreation on with bass pushing 20 inches. Add in photographs at monster carp sipping berries, and you have got three unimaginable days of floating.