A month ago, I took a few hours to hit River Bend State Park. I’ve fished it on and off over the last two years, and never done well. As in before, my girlfriend joined me, and we rented a canoe.
Flows were high, the water muddy, and the fishing was poor. It turned into more of a canoe trip, but not before I made sure my girlfriend caught her first fish on a fly rod – a sunfish sitting in a pocket of calmer water along the shore.
No fish were feeding on the surface, and the only smallmouth I saw was tiny, and hiding in another pocket of calm water.
As always, this is a beautiful place to go for a paddle, but the flows have to be right for the fishing to be good.