Chuck Kraft may not be known by the entire fly fishing world. However, many of the greats like Bob Clouser and Lefty Kreh know Chuck and his flies well. Chuck was the first fly fishing guide on the New River, James River, and Shenandoah River. He has ben hard at it for over 45 years learning and fly fishing Virginia waters. Brian and I fished with Chuck for the 1st time when we were 13 years old. His CK Baitfish at the time was in about its second phase of production and experimentation. The fly at that time was nothing but woven wool covered in silicone and shaped like a super fluke. The fly worked well, but it was heavy, difficult to cast, and did not hold up very well. After years of work and tinkering with materials, Chuck finally matched up the right ingredients along with the right hook and keeled weight. The fly has been crushing smallmouth and every other sportfish that swims. This fly is popular all over the world. It is famous in Mexico for its ability to catch tarpon, all over the Caribbean for catching snook, even in Costa Rica where it has taken many sailfish. Our guides fish this fly for big trout in the spring creeks and on the Jackson Tailwater, but primarily use it on smallmouth bass on the James and Shenandoah Rivers. Many people have missed out on fishing this fly for the past 3 years, ever since Kreel Tackle, the company that originally tied the flies, went out of business. Colby has been working directly with Montana Fly Company over the past 2 years to get the CK Baitfish back into production and into the hands of anglers all over the country. Chuck sent the samples and together we put together a video on how to tie each of his patterns and submitted it to Montana Fly. For the past year we have been anxiously waiting the arrival of these great patterns. We were excited to receive the 1st batch from Thailand on March 31, 2011. This truly is a revolutionary fly. We have been fishing it for years and it is a constant producer of big fish. Click here if you are interested in purchasing the >>>>CK BAITFISH.
Fall fishing is here and rain is on the way. We are focusing our guiding on musky in the Shenandoah and James Rivers and trout on the spring creeks. Weekends are filling up quickly for the last part of the year. Give us a call to book your trip today!
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Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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