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Trout Fly Fishing Report May 23, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: There are great hatches of sulphur mayflies in our mountain trout streams, especially in the upper sections of the streams and the small feeders. Many anglers are getting great fishing by coming down from the trail heads on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive and National Forest Roads.  The duns are heaviest from mid afternoon until dark and the spinners are on the last two hours of the day light. In the morning I do well by fishing Murray’s Sulphur Dry size 16 on Murray’s Classic 7.5 6X Leader with a Murray’s Sulphur Nymph size 16 on a twenty four inch dropper below it. Late in the day I often see several trout rising in each pool and catch them on Shenk’s Sulphur Dry size 16 and Murray’s Sulphur Dry size 16. If I can help you locate good streams just call me at 540-984-4212. Delayed Harvest and Large Stocked Trout Streams: I have a good friend that catches many large trout in these streams by “walking away from the roads”. He covers a great amount of water by wading downstream and casting across stream with a Murray’s Shenandoah Silver Ghost Streamer size 10 or a Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10 on a Murray’s Classic 7.5 4X Leader with a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 12 on a twenty four inch 5X dropper below it. Excellent streams now are the Smith River, the Bullpasture and Big Stoney ed Edinburg.

Trout Fly Fishing Report May 16, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: The dry fly fishing is excellent in the mountain streams now if you use a cautious approach to each pool and do not false cast over the pool you are about to fish. There are good stream levels in the headwater streams with great action by coming in from the George Washington National Forest Roads, Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive.  Good flies now are the Murray’s Inchworm size 14, Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry size 16 and Murray’s Professor Dry size 16. Delayed harvest and Large Stocked Trout Streams: The stream levels and water temperatures in our large stocked trout streams are ideal for good dry fly fishing on streams such as Big Stoney at Edinburg, Back Creek and the Jackson. If you spot risers go for them but if you do not, then fish the runs below the riffles. Productive flies now are Murray’s Near Nuff Mayfly size 14, Murray’s Brown Drake size 14 and Mr. Rapidan Dry size 14.

Trout Fly Fishing Report May 9, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: The dry fly action is great now in the mountain streams with good hatches of little yellow stoneflies, Stenonema fuscum and many inchworms. I match these with Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry size 16, Murray’s Professor Dry size 16 and Murray’s Inchworm size 14. I fish all of these on 6X because the streams are getting lower and the trout are wary. If you watch the pool closely before moving in to fish it you can usually spot several trout rising. Go one on one with these trout and you will get wonderful fishing. Delayed Harvest and Large Stocked Trout Streams: Big Stoney Creek is full but fishable. Passage Creek is too discolored for good fishing.

Trout Fly Fishing Report May 3, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: Some of the best trout fishing now is in the head water streams which are best reached by coming in from the trail heads off the George Washington National Forest Roads, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive. The stream levels and water temperatures are great in the upper reaches of these streams and the trout are taking the Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis size 14, Mr. Rapidan Tan Delta Wing Caddis size 14 and Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 14.Try to fish until dusk when the hatches are heavy and many trout are feeding. Delayed Harvest and Large Stocked Trout Streams: The state has recently stocked many large rainbows in these streams and you can catch them on Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 14, Murray’s Caddis Larva size 14 by fishing them alone or as droppers below a Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10. Fish these very deeply below the riffles and in the large pools. I find the new Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink Tip III line with the Murray’s Sinking Fluorocarbon 6 foot 3X Leader a great help in fishing these deeply. Good streams now are Back Creek and Big Cedar Creek. Passage Creek is muddy and not fishable at this time. Big Stoney Creek is fishable. These streams should be fishable by this weekend.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report May 3, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is too high and muddy for safe fishing.  The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is too high for good wading. The color of the river is good for fishing by floating in a boat. These streams should be fishable by this weekend. We will update the stream report at the end of this week!

Trout Fly Fishing Report April 25, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: There are presently very heavy caddis fly hatches on these streams and the trout are feeding heavily upon them. When you spot a swirl from an exceptionally large trout he may be taking a natural dry on the surface or an emerging caddis pupa just below the surface. These emerging caddisflies often drift several feet just below the surface before turning into the adults. A good way to fish this hatch is to fish a Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis size 14 or a Mr. Rapidan Tan Delta Wing Caddis Dry size 14 on a Murray’s Classic 7 1/2 foot 5X Leader with a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 14 on a twenty four 5X dropper below it. Delayed Harvest and Large Stocked Trout Streams: The browns and rainbows in these streams are feeding heavily on the natural caddis pupa and caddis larva. A very effective  way to catch these trout is to use a Murray’s Caddis Larva size 14 or a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa on a twenty four inch 4X dropper below a Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10 fished across stream with a slow twitching action. This is very effective on Big Stoney Creek West of Edinburg, on the lower section of North Creek and on the Smith River.