You know I’ve been traveling too much when I say it was an easy jaunt from Idaho to Virginia Beach, Virginia. But it was. I left my house in Victor at 4:30 AM and Colby and brother Brian Trow, owners of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, picked me up from the Richmond airport at 6 PM Eastern time.
From there it was a two-hour drive to Virginia Beach where we met their friend Art Webb at his favorite Mexican restaurant. Art is more along the lines of my age and has been saltwater fly fishing the Virginia waters and more for eons. Art was instrumental bringing fly fishing for marlin to Virginia waters and introduced Colby and Brian to this great chapter in our sport.
Colby and Brian have fallen so in love with fly fishing for billfish off their Virginia coastline they went as far as to make a film about it. After two years of filming with the help of Art, their exciting film, Tidewater, aired in the 2016 F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour. If you haven’t seen Tidewater yet you need to and the amazing flick can be rented at Vimeo on Demand or purchased at Mossy Creek Fly Fishing website.
So now you get the drift, I’m in Virginia Beach to once and for all break my 20 yearlong “Marlin on fly Curse”. In the last few weeks’ trolling boats have been averaging 20 white marlin hookups a day, seen plenty of Atlantic blue marlin, spearfish and even a few swordfish. No doubt, trolling for billfish is much more reliable than fly fishing but if a boat raises 20 for us we should be able to hook five on the fly.
We’re settled into Art’s house for a few hours. Its midnight and we’re waking up at 4 AM. Stay tuned. This marlin curse is gonna end!!