our clients are saying...
Britt and Leigh, just
wanted to drop you a line and tell you THANK YOU for the trip
of a lifetime this week! To say that our trip with you was UNBELIEVABLE
was an understatement! I was in awe the whole day with the amount
of big fish (5 citations) and 18”+ (Dinks as we would later
call them…lol). To catch around 40 fish in the crappy weather
we had was one miracle, to have them have such a high average
size with 30 or so of the fish in the 18” or better range
was just absolutely amazing!!!! I
wanted to make sure you knew that we were EXTREMELY satisfied
and will be making return trips soon and often...It totally spoiled
the days we busted out the waders to try it on our own because
we knew to get the big fish we needed your expertise and knowledge
of the river along with your expert raft handling skills. Next
time we will probably only fish with you, probably a 2-day trip.
We are diehard Smallie fisherman and I know we put forth a lot
of effort on our part and that definitely paid off. I have never
casted that many times in one day in my life. I was beginning
to feel guilty if I took a 30 second break because I knew at any
moment a “HOG” could explode on my bait on any cast,
you really got us on the good fish...I thought about this trip
for about 6 months everyday, and now I will be remembering it
for the rest of my life. We thought you and Leigh were great,
we had a blast fishing and Leigh was very nice taking care of
us back at the campsite and town center. You have a great thing
going there and I am envious of your knowledge of the greatest
river smallmouth fishery in the world!...I told you I didn’t
care about numbers, I wanted to hunt big fish, and that is exactly
what you did only the numbers came too. Thank you for the memories
and we will see you again soon. I can't wait for next time only
now I have a year of losing sleep due to excitement! Kevin
and his buddy Rob, from Cincinnati, Ohio have fished with us several
times and always had outstanding trips. The only "detail"
Kevin left out was that all our fish on this day came on topwater
I just wanted to thank you for the great trip again this year.
I am always stoked to come down and fish with you. I leave just
as fired up! My grand total of 20" fish is up to 4...three
have been with you!...Will, has 5 in two trips with you! I'm not
sure how he does it, but he gets it done...Anyway, I just wanted
to say thanks again...I really appreciate how hard you work for
us. By the way, Will's wrist was visibly swollen when we got to
my parents' house on Monday night. He said, "I am proud.
I fished hard. I can't imagine that many people working as hard
as we did to catch fish." Jon
and his buddy Will, from Harrisburg, PA, leave the mighty Susquehanna
(a world-class smallmouth fishery in it's own right) every year
to come fish the New River with us. The results speak for themselves!
Leigh & Britt, Just wanted to thank you again for the great
fishing trip we had this past Thursday. The place we stayed in
was great also. We sure caught some nice and plenty of fish on
our trip. I will be sure to recommend you to all of my friends
if they want a great fishing trip...Tell Britt that my right hand
is still sore between my fingers from setting the hook on all
of the fish we caught. "Reel down and nail him." I did,
many times...Thanks again. Dave and
Chuck, from Richmond, VA, had a great late-spring trip fishing
the New with us.
thanks for the great day of fishing Saturday. Ryan and I really
enjoyed it. Ryan has called everyone about the citation fish he
caught. I'm sure he'll have the memory for the rest of his life.
I wish the weather would have been better, but you never know
what mother nature is going to throw at you. Thank you and Leigh
for picking us up and having the Suburban warm. It got a little
chilly in the rain...Hopefully, I will be calling to set at trip
for September. Thanks for the great time. Terry
and his grandson Ryan from NC had an excellent day on the New
River with Ryan taking home big fish honors!
Hey guys, I wanted to write you and thank you again so much for
the trip of a lifetime. I have only been fly fishing for a few
months now, but I'm not sure much will ever match up to the experience
that I had on the new. Billy and I are looking forward to coming
down next year. We will get our ducks in a row and schedule our
trip for next year. I told everyone here at Greentop that you
said hello and we will look forward to seeing you next time. Todd
and Billy made the trek down from Richmond,VA for some exciting
"bug" fishing on the fly rod. Todd took big fish honors,
and they both caught numerous quality smallmouth; all on topwater
bugs. (Note: We highly recommend Greentop in Richmond for all
of your hunting and fishing needs! Their service is second none.)
Leigh and Britt, Just wanting to say Thanks again for a great
experience. I really didn't know what to expect as far as the
fishing was concerned. I am impressed with the size and quality
of the River. We catch maybe two or three 2 to 4 pounders a year
on the North Fork. Yea, sure, dead drift bugs with no action will
catch big fish in August. It does! Still have visions of the large
fish swimming by as we float the waters. Will definitely recommend
you to any of our guest seeking trophy fish. Manny
and Noble from "The Hatch B&B and Fly Fishing" on
the North Fork of the Shenandoah visited the New and experienced
the "big fish" bug bite at its best.
Britt and Leigh, Many thanks for the great outing you provided
for us this past week. To a man they all said "sign me up
for next year." So, I am asking you to save some special
mid-week fly-fishing dates for us in the August-September time
frame in 2009. They indicated that they would be interested in
three days of fishing...All were pleased with the fishing, and
they all enjoyed Marty (our second guide). John H. is ecstatic
about his two citations... Regards and best fishes. A
good friend and client from Kingsport, TN, Stewart B., brought
down his buddies for a multi-boat fly fishing adventure. The action
was hot and John H. took home big fish honors with two super-sized
fly rod smallies.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 days fishing with you, and learned more
about bass fishing in those 2 days than in the previous 2 years!
Looking forward to fishing with you next year...Best Regards.
John H., from Kingsport, TN, comments
on his fly fishing adventure to the New River.
I can’t thank you enough for the incredible fishing experience
I had last week! A 5lb 10oz smallmouth is the fish of a lifetime!
It sure was fun especially with Cuddihy in the boat! Enjoy your
couple of days off, they are well deserved! Leigh, please let
him get a little rest!....Have a great Easter and don’t
horst him, now!!!! Scotty his uncle
had a great two days pre-spawn fishing highlighted by Scotty's
personal best smallmouth.
again, thank you for everything. I cannot begin to say how much
I enjoyed fishing with you. It will be a great memory. Only to
be topped the next time when we get that 20 (incher). Debby is
already talking about next year. You and Leigh take care. John.
John B. and his wife Debby had a great mid-summer day.
Britt & Leigh, It was a memorable trip for my son, Ian, and
I......I wanted it to be a trip he will reflect on 30 years from
now and it measured beyond my expectations. Thanks for the great
day. With greatest respect, Scott B. Scott
and his son Ian had a remarkable August day on the New River.
Leigh and Britt, thanks so much for providing one of the best
days I've ever had river fishing. John and I had an awesome time.
Smallies across the world are quaking after seeing John's new
hook setting technique! David A. and
his buddy John from Lynchburg, VA had an excellent autumn day
capped off by Dave's largest smallie to date.
have been meaning to e-mail you with a big THANK YOU for a wonderful
time on the New......Britt, you worked extremely hard on the day
and the 1/2 day trip we did and it paid off. With great fishing
and a fun time. I have told just about everyone what a great time
we had and how you handled that raft. I am still amazed at what
you do not only physically but how personable and attentive you
were to Gary and I while we were fishing. Constantly, pointing
out spots to fish and watching either Gary's line or mine and
being able to detect the fish before I was even sure it was really
there. Let's not forget Leigh, thank you, for shuttling, loading,
unloading and the food and drinks. It was a pleasure to meet you
both......I enjoyed myself so much that I told Gary that I would
like to do it again next year. Suzan
and Gary Roberts had an two excellent
summer days on the New catching numerous quality-sized smallies.
wanted to email and thank you for your recommendations on fishing
the New River. I talked to Dale (Huggins of Short Pump Outfitters
and now the Orvis Shop) and decided on New River Outdoor Co. for the guided smallmouth trip. Two things impressed
me about Britt and Leigh's operation: First, my original trip
was rescheduled because Britt called to let me know that the conditions
for that day were not good at all and secondly, because the rescheduled
trip, this past weekend, was chilly and high winds but Britt was
still able to put us on quality fish. Working through snags and
a couple of severely bird nested reel, Britt was able to put us
on fish for a good portion of the trip. We were on the river for
about 12 hours and were catching fish during about 3-4 hours of
that time. We caught 20-25 fish ranging from 15" to over
20". It was a long hard day of fishing but was the best day
on the water I have ever had. Britt is a great guide and even
though he fishes hard he makes the trip fun and gets in quite
a bit of ribbing as well..... My first citation came on the last
fish of the day and was 20 1/4" and weighed 4lbs 4 ozs. I
also caught a 19", 3lb 11oz fish and several in the 17"-18"
range. Kudos to Britt and Leigh for running such a great service.
Frank C. fished w/us in the early spring
('05) and copied me on this email to Lee Graves of the Richmond
Times Dispatch who recommended us to Frank.
and Britt, I can't thank you both enough for the wonderful hospitality
and the incredible fishing trip that you offered us Sun. and Mon.
I have fished most of my life chasing those illusive Smallies
and now I have finally experienced the best fishing trip of my
life! It just doesn't get any better than that. The cottage was
perfect. I will certainly tell all my fishing buddies and get
ready for some phone calls once they see those pictures.....Thanks
Again. Scotty and his group experienced
and incredible two days on the New in the fall '04.
& Leigh, The pleasure was all ours! (We saw the no pic section)
Rob & I had an absolute blast and hope that the late night
hour did not upset Leigh. Britt, you were an awesome guide and
river companion for us! Thanks so much for your generosity in
"extending" the day during our fishing frenzy. Take
care & God bless! Rob and Regina
were awesome customers totaling over 100 fish on their 1st wedding
Thank you again for a great day on the "river". Tom
had a ball and was one beat puppy.........he said that he had
never spent 11 hours in a boat with two other folks that talked
fishing the whole time and expected him to cast accurately all
the time. He was pleased as punch!!!!!!!!!!! Me, too! Great job.....it
was my pleasure to share a boat with you! Tight lines. Late-friend
and client Toby B. and Tom R. from Richmond, VA had a great fall
day on the water. Toby caught his birthday present, a 5 lb smallie.
got to the river Sunday morning about 8am and one look told me
that we were not going to have a very good day and certainly were
not going to fish the fly rods. I was half right. While I did
try the long rod off an on, our fish came on conventional tackle....Scott
had the first citation on within a hour of leaving the launch
area, a solid 20 and a half inch fish. We totally lost count of
the fish we caught but estimates ran between 150 and 200 smallmouth
between the four of us over the two day period. The amazing thing
to me was the size of the fish we were catching. Fifteen, 16,
17 and 18 inch fish all day long. In addition to Scott's citation
I had two, a 21+ in the morning and another 20+ in the afternoon.
I'm not sure of the count but I think we measured three or four
fish that were at or over 19". I have fished and guided on
a lot of smallmouth water and this had to be the best two days
of smallmouth fishing I have ever seen. Guide
Dale Huggins of Short Pump Outfitters (now w/the Orvis Shop) in
Richmond, VA comments on his extraordinary fall trip with New
River Outdoor Company.