Ever wonder which fish is at the top of the food
chain? In the James River, the muskellunge (Esox masquinongy, aka muskie or
musky) is king. Often called “the fish of 10,000 casts,” this elusive
predator is notoriously difficult to catch—but it can be done with the right
tactics and expertise.
Our guide, Davis Stanley, has been hunting muskie for years. Through his
successes and failures on the river, he’s developed a keen
understanding of this predator’s unique behavior. As a result,
Davis has been a part of over
two dozen musky landed in his fishing career! Davis knows musky fishing on the James
well, ties winning flies which attract the big predators, and holds the key to helping you
catch your own muskie on the fly.
The cooler months are the best for muskie fishing, so guided
trips with Davis will start in the fall and continue into the spring. This fish is
very elusive, so be prepared for anything in the day of fishing.
That's big-fish-hunting jargon for "we cannot guarantee you will
catch a muskie, but your guide will sure try; and if you put in
enough trips with him, sooner or later you will
eventually catch this carnivour and the guided
experience will be all the more rewarding." Go with the attitude
of learning and enjoying the pursuit, trying to get a chase and
hopefully a hit, and you do have a chance of landing one. Regardless of
how your day goes, you’ll enjoy Davis’s informative, friendly, and engaging
style, and you’ll come away from the trip a better fisherman or fisherlady.
If you are ready to take the “big fish gamble,” give us a call to book a day
or two with Davis on the James—it could yield the fish of a lifetime!