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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report September 19, 2014

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On flat water like this you may have a dozen large smallmouth rising to natural hexagenia mayflies within casting distance

The Hexagenia Mayflies are coming well on the North Fork of the Shenandoah and Clinch Rivers.  When I find the bass coming up to them in water I wade and fish upstream to these bass.  When I find them rising in water over 3 feet deep I fish down and across stream at a 45 degree angle.  The best action is the last 2 hours 0f the day.  My favorite flies are the Mr. Rapidan Skater 8 and Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle 8.

Watch our video to see how to attach your Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle to the bend of the Mr. Rapidan Skater with and improved clinch knot so you can fish it as a dry and dropper.

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Trout Fishing Report September 19, 2014

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Fooling trout that are selectively feeding on natural midges is very gratifying

 Mountain Trout- There is some exciting fishing on these streams now as the trout feed on the natural chironomid midges brought on by the cool nights.  I see most of these feeders in the slow sections of the pools.  When I see delicate dimple-like rise forms I use the Mr. Rapidan Midge 20, Griffith Midge 20 and Spirit of Pittsford Mills 18.  When I see splashy rises I fish a Brassie 18.

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The thick caddisfly hatches on Big Stoney Creek prompt many trout to feed heavily

Large Trout Streams-Some of these streams such as the Bullpasture, Back Creek and Big Stoney west of Edinburg are producing some nice tan caddis hatches especially in the evenings.  Watch for feeding trout on the sides of the riffles and in the tails of the pools.  My favorite flies are the Mr. Rapidan Tan Delta Wing Caddis 16 and Murray’s Tan Caddis Pupa 14.

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Trout Fishing Report September 12, 2014

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When I see a delicate rise form I catch many trout on a Mr. Rapidan Dry Midge 20

Mountain Trout Streams- The cool nights are dropping the streams temperatures which produces some nice chironomid midge hatches.  You’ll see many trout feeding on these in the tails of the pools and in the back eddies.  I catch many of these trout on the Mr. Rapidan Midge 20, Griffith Gnat 20 and Spirit of Pittsford Mills 18 on 7X when I spot delicate rise forms.  If I see splashy rises I fish a Brassie 18 either by itself or on a 2 foot 7X dropper under the dry.

A  delicate fly rod such as the Scott F2 glass models are perfect for fishing small flies.  See my video

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Many trout feed heavily on natural caddis at this time of the year

Stocked Trout Streams- The cooling streams are sparking some good tan caddis hatches.  Watch for rising trout below the incoming riffles and fish these trout with a Mr. Rapidan Tan Delta Wing Caddis 16.  If you don’t see rising trout use this same dry with a Murray’s Tan Caddis Pupa 14 as a dropper on 2 foot of 5X tippet below the dry to cover the water below the riffles.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report September 12, 2014

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Recently I saw 17 smallmouths come up to take natural hexagenia mayflies in one measured minute

Many smallmouth rivers will have good hatches of Hexagenia mayflies starting this month and lasting well into October.  This is exciting fishing for often I’ll have a dozen bass rising within casting distance.  The duns start coming off about 2 hours before dark and both the duns and spinners can be on the water until dark.  I fish a Mr. Rapidan Skater Dry 8 with a Mr Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle 8 on a 2 foot dropper below it.  This catches both the bass feeding on the natural drys and natural emergers.

The hand twist retrieve is very effective on the hex dry and dropper.  See my video

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Trout Fishing Report September 5, 2014

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The springs that flow into the mountain stream cool the water and prompt the trout to feed

Mountain Trout Streams- The great abundance of terrestrial flies and beetle-like insects along these streams is prompting many of these trout to feed on the surface.  Check your topo maps for springs or come in and I’ll go over the maps with you to show you good areas to fish.  I’m doing well with the Murray’s Housefly 14 & 16 and Murray’s Flying Beetle 18 all fished on 6X.

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To release these fish safely to the stream mash the barbs down as we show you in our video

 

 

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My friends diligence enabled him to catch this nice rainbow

Large Trout Streams- A friend recently rolled a large rainbow in a stocked stream one evening but didn’t get him.  He went back the next morning at dawn and caught this trout which was 4 pounds.  A hundred feet downstream he caught a rainbow which was 4 1/2 pounds.  Big trout often take big streams at dawn and dusk so be ready for them.  Some of my most productive streamers for the stocked streams are the Murray’s Betsy Streamer 10, Shenandoah Silver Ghost 10 and Shenandoah Skunk Streamer 10.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report September 5, 2014

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The North Fork of the Shenandoah River has a large population of natural crawfish and Harry does well with the Singer Crawfish

Two days ago I had outstanding fishing for smallmouth bass on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River downstream from Edinburg with Singer Crawfish 6 around the large boulders in the deep pools.  A SA Mastery Sink Tip III Line with a 5ft. 10lb. Umpqua Leader will help you fish your Crawfish deeply.  Stop in our fly  shop and I’ll show you good areas to fish.

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Watch my video on how to keep your hooks sharp

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report August 29, 2014

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Large bass take the Singer Crawfish readily in water that holds natural crawfish

Many smallmouth bass are feeding heavily on natural crawfish and you can catch these fish by stripping a Singer Crawfish size 4 or 6 slowly along the cobblestones on the stream bottom.  I do best by fishing there at dusk, dawn and on heavily overcast days which is when the natural crawfish are active.  This is very effective on the New River at Pembrook and on the North Fork of the Shenandoah at Woodstock.

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Trout Fishing Report August 29, 2014

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The Murray’s Flying Beetle catches many trout that feed on a broad variety of insects

Mountain Trout Streams- I’m well pleased with the way our streams have held up this year in both Appalachian and Blue Ribbon Mountains.  By going to my hands and knees and using a cautious approach to fish the Murray’s Housefly sizes 14 & 16 and the Flying Beetle 18 I’m catching many nice trout.  If you don’t know these streams just stop in our fly shop and I’ll go over the maps with you.

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By releasing the large trout gently they are there to challenge you on another day

Large Trout Streams- Many large trout are carrying over will below the springs on some of our large streams such as Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg, The Gorge on the Bullpasture and the Smith River at Bassett.  I like to tempt these trout by showing them streamers which match the natural minnows they feed upon.  Some dependable streamers for these trout are the Murray’s Betsy Streamer 10, Shenandoah Silver Ghost 10 and Shenandoah Skunk 10.

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Trout Fishing Report August 22, 2014

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Many large trout feed actively on the good caddisfly hatches now

Mountain Trout- Many mountain streams have excellent dry fly fishing now with the trout rising actively to natural caddis.  The greatest feeding sprees are at dusk.  However, by covering the pools carefully you can catch many large trout.  Good flies now are the Mountain Caddis Black 16, Mountain Caddis Peacock 16 and Mr. Rapidan Tan  Delta Wing Caddis 16.

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Jeff fights a large trout that he fooled during the trico hatch

Large Trout Streams- The trout are coming up well to tricos in many of these streams starting about 7am and lasting for 2 to 8 hours.  I fish these trout one on one with size 22 Trico on 7X using a delicately tipped 2 weight rod.  After the Tricos are over I switch over to the Murray’s Flying Beetle 14.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report August 22, 2014

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Jeff Murray catches many large bass on Deer Hair Bugs in the tails of the pools at this time of the year

I am doing very well with Deer Hair Bugs along the shaded river banks throughout the day and especially in the tails of the pools at dusk.  Wade carefully in the tails of the pools because the large bass often hold in water 2 feet deep here and they are very wary.  Good bugs now are the Tapply Black/Yellow 4, Tapply Green/White 4 and Shenandoah Hair Popper Black 4.

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