By Bill Amshey, PRSC Program Chair
Matt Miles of Matt Miles Fly Fishing will speak at our March 25th meeting. His topic will be fishing the rivers on which he guides in Central and Western Virginia. Matt's passion is fly fishing, guiding, teaching, and being on the water. He also ties his own flies and is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.
To understand Matt, all you have to know is his business slogan: The Tug Is the Drug! How can any fisherman disagree with that? He grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, and started fly fishing in 1993. In 1996, after graduating from high school, he moved to Colorado to live out his dream of becoming a fly fishing guide. While in Colorado, he met Pat Dorsey, an expert fly fishing guide for the Blue Quill Angler, author, and photographer. In 1997 Matt started guiding with Pat at the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado, where he guided over 700 trips fishing exclusively for the various types of trout in Colorado. In 2003, Matt decided to return to Lynchburg to guide his home waters.
Most of the flies Matt has designed for Umpqua are trout flies. His favorite smallmouth flies are a black Sneaky Pete’s or a chartreuse Sneaky Pete’s for topwater. He uses various white baitfish patterns for streamers like the CK Baitfish, Murdich’s Minnow, and Todd’s Wiggle Minnow. He also likes Clawdads in brown or black and blue.
Matt offers guided trips to many public water destinations in Central and Western Virginia. The variety of water he guides allows him to put fishermen on the hottest action in Virginia.
Most of Matt's guiding is done out of a Boulder Boat Works drift boat, but he also guides wade trips fishing for trout. Trips are run on the New, Jackson, Roanoke/Staunton, Maury, and James Rivers. Matt guides for trout, smallmouth bass, musky, and freshwater stripers. Fly fishing is Matt’s passion, and he is comfortable guiding all levels of fisherman, from beginner to expert level. Seeing his clients learn new techniques or experiencing catching a new species on a fly gratifies him and reconfirms his love for the sport.
For more information on Matt Miles’ Fly Fishing, check out his Website at www.mattmilesflyfishing.com. Or you can contact him at 434-238-2720 or email@example.com.
We hope you can make the March meeting, which promises to reveal some secrets of rivers not many club members get to explore.