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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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Trout Fishing Report August 15, 2014

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The trout feed heavily on natural caddisflies and take our flies regularly

Mountain Trout Streams- Many mountain streams in the Appalachians and the Blue Ridge Mountain are providing good dry fly fishing due to the abundance of natural caddis flies.  At dusk look for rising trout along the sides of the incoming riffles and in the tails of the pools and go one on one with these trout.  In the middle of the day just cover the water with a Dry Caddis.  Good flies are the Mountain Caddis Buck 16, Peacock Mountain Caddis 16 and Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Caddis Tan 16.

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When the tricos get thick they provide some of my favorite fishing. Note the old Hardy pre-reissue Reel I use on the trico hatch

Large Trout Streams- There are good trico hatches on some of our large trout streams such as Big Cedar, The Smith River and Big Stoney.  The females start coming off about 7am and the mating and spinner fall can last 2 to 3 hours.  I like to fish a size 22 Trico on 7X one on one to each rising trout I can find using a delicate 2 weight rod such as the Scott G2 7ft. 7in. 2wt.

After the hatch is over I switch over to the Murray’s Flying Beetle size 14.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report August 15, 2014

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Fishing Deer Hair Bugs along the shaded banks now will bring up many large bass

We are having excellent surface fishing for smallmouth bass now with Deer Hair Bass Bugs.  The most productive ones are the Tapply Bug Black/Yellow size 4, Tapply Bug Green/White size 4 and Shenandoah Deer Hair Popper Black 6.  The streamline design of these make them easier to cast further then regular poppers.  Fish these along the shaded banks and in the tails of the pools.

The Clinch River above Nash’s Ford and the North Fork of the Shenandoah River from Edinburg to Toms Brook are fishing very well now.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report August 8, 2014

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Jeff fights a big bass that took his Murray’s Bass Cricket along the far bank

As we drifted along the river bank a nice smallmouth came up and sucked in Jeff’s Murray’s Bass Hopper.  This was the first year we had this fly and the first 4# to take it.  This was so successful that we expanded this series to include the Murray’s Cricket and Murray’s Bass Cicada.  These are very effective on the New River, Clinch River and South Fork of the Shenandoah River.  A gentle kicking action along the banks is usually my best fly action.

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Trout Fishing Report August 8, 2014

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Harry catches many trout on Shenk’s Cricket in the mountain streams

Mountain Trout Streams- The mountain wasp which is present around many mountain streams at this time is an important food to these trout.  The best fly I’ve found to match this wasp and catch these trout is Shenk’s Cricket 14 & 16.  By fishing this along the banks and below over hanging limbs I catch many nice trout at this time of the year.  Many streams in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Mountain have this action.

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A large brown checks out Harry’s Cricket carefully before taking it

Large Stocked Trout Streams- Many large trout streams provide exciting fishing for trout which are feeding on natural grasshoppers and crickets.  I catch most of the trout on Shenk’s Letort Hopper 12 & 14 by fishing these along the hay fields and pasture fields.  I do best with Shenk’s Cricket 12 by fishing it along the timbered banks.

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Trout Fishing Report August 1, 2014

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Many large rainbows feed on the mountain wasp and take Shenk’s Cricket quickly

Mountain Trout Streams- The trout fishing in the mountain streams along the western part of Virginia and in the Blue Ridge Mountains is very good especially in the upper reaches of the streams.  These access points are covered in my books Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams and Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park.  There are many mountain wasps along these streams and I do well with Shenk’s Cricket 14 & 16.

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Fishing Shenk’s Cricket along the banks gives Jeff many large trout all summer

Large Stocked Trout Streams- The large trout is our large stocked trout streams are feeding well on the natural grasshoppers and crickets.  The crickets become active early in the day so I start the day fishing Shenk’s Cricket 12 tight to the banks as the day becomes warmer the natural grasshoppers become active and I fish Shenk’s Letort Hopper 12 & 14 along the shaded undercut banks.  Passage Creek, the Jackson and the Smith River are all fishing well.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report August 1, 2014

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Jeff Murray catches many large bass on the Murray’s Bass Hopper along the banks

The natural grasshoppers, crickets and cicadas are large enough to attract the large bass.  I do well fishing the Murray’s Bass Hopper 8 along the pasture fields and hay fields. The Murray’s Bass Cricket 8 is excellent along the wooded banks.  The Murray’s Bass Cicada 8 is good beside downfalls and in back eddies.  The South Fork of the Shenandoah from Luray to Seekfords is fishing well.  The North Fork of the Shenandoah from Edinburg to Toms Brook is great.

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