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Trout Fishing Report January 22, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams- The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing at this time. Delayed Harvest & Large Trout Streams- Expanding on the Charlie Brooks 3-Nymph Rig I discussed earlier let’s examine the technique Brooks liked for me to use in the largest, deepest runs carrying the heaviest currents.  Using a line which would be a fore runner of what we know now as a Scientific Anglers Mastery Sink Tip III Line cast up and across stream.  After the nymphs sink deeply get tight to them with your line hand and lead them downstream through the deep pools and runs by sweeping your fly rod ahead of them at the rate the nymphs are drifting.  This enables you to feel the strikes quickly so you can hook the trout.  Three of my most dependable nymphs at this time of the year are Murray’s Tan Caddis Pupa 14, Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph 12 and Murray’s Olive Strymph 10. The deep pools on the Smith River and the Bullpasture produce well with this nymph tactic.   Share this!

Trout Fishing Report January 16, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams- The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing at this time. Delayed Harvest & Large Stocked Trout Streams- There are many trout in these streams now that hold deeply in the large pools.  The old 3-fly nymph rig that Charlie Brooks taught me on the Madison River in Montana is a great way to thoroughly cover this water.  Start at the head of the pool and cast across stream, after the nymphs sink deeply fish them back across stream with a slow 2 inch rod pumping action.  Wade slowly down the stream and cover the whole pool all the way to the tail of the pool.  My favorite nymphs for this technique are the Murray’s Olive Strymph 10, Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph 12 and Murray’s Tan Caddis Pupa 14. The Hidden Valley of the Jackson gives good action with this tactic.  The Bullpasture and Smith River both have many large trout that feed heavily on these nymphs.   Share this!

Trout Fishing Report January 8, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams- The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing at this time. Delayed Harvest & Large Trout Streams- There are great populations of crayfish in many of our large trout streams and you can catch some large trout on flies which match them.  Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg, Passage Creek and Back Creek hold many crayfish.  My favorite patterns are Murray’s Standard Crayfish 8, Clouser Dark Brown Turkey 10 and Singer’s Crawfish 6. Big Stoney Creek, Passage Creek and Back Creek hold many trout that feed heavily on natural crayfish. Share this!

Trout Fishing Report December 30, 2014

Mountain Trout Streams- Too cold for good fishing at this time. Delayed Harvest & Large Stocked Trout Streams- Recently many of these streams have been stocked with some large trout.  These fish take crayfish patterns very well.  Flies such as Singer’s Crayfish 6, Murray’s Standard Crayfish 8 and Clouser’s Dark Brown Turkey Crayfish 10 are all productive.  Swim these around the boulders and cobblestone with a slow two-inch darting action.  The natural crayfish are most active at dusk and dawn so you can expect your best fishing at that time.  Big Stoney, Back Creek and Passage Creek produce well with Crayfish flies.       Share this!

Trout Fishing Report December 23, 2014

Mountain Trout Streams- The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing at this time. Delayed Harvest & Large Trout Streams- The rains have produced good trout fishing in some of our delayed harvest streams and large trout streams.  The Bullpasture, Back Creek and Passage Creek are especially productive when you fish streamers which match the natural minnows.  The Shenandoah Nine-Three 10, Murray’s Betsy Streamer 10 and Shenandoah Silver Ghost 10 are all very productive.  Fish these across stream very slowly below the riffles and in the deep pools. Share this!