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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report April 15, 2014

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The madtom is an important food for large bass

 

The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is fishable at this time.  The South Fork is currently NOT fishable due to high water level.

The deep back eddies on the slow sides of the river below the riffles are producing some nice bass.  Just anchor your boat 40 feet out in the river from the upper end of these back eddies or wade down the bank side of these eddies and fish them slowly and deeply.  Effective flies are Murray’s Madtom Sculpin Black 8, Shenk’s Sculpin 4 and Murray’s Madtom Sculpin Olive 4.

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Trout Fishing Report April 18, 2014

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A dry dropper combination will give you many trout when the streams are cold

Mountain Trout Streams- The cool streams have slowed down the hatching process of the natural Blue Quill Duns making a two fly rig very effective.  I like to fish a Blue Quill Dry 16 on a Classic 9ft. 5X Leader with a Blue Quill Nymph 16 on a 2ft. 5X dropper coming off the bend of the dry with an improved clinch knot.  For just covering the water between hatches the Spirit of Pittsford Mill 14 is good.

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Using a Sinking Tip Fly Line is a big help in swimming trout streams deeply

Delayed Harvest & Stocked Trout Streams- The recent rains have increased these stream levels so the smaller delayed harvest streams are providing the best fishing.  Back Creek and Passage Creek are especially good.  I find a SA Sink Tip III Line very helpful is punching through the full streams in order to swim the flies close to the stream bottom.  Good flies in these conditions are the Murray’s Marauder Black and Pearl 10 and Betsy Streamer 10.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report April 11, 2014

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Fishing the Murray’s Madtom below the riffles will give you many large bass

On the North Fork of the Shenandoah River we are catching some nice bass where the riffles dump into the large pools.  Effective flies are the Murray’s Black Madtom Sculpin 4, Shenk’s Sculpin 4 and Murray’s Olive Madtom Sculpin 4.  Swim these very slowly along the stream bottom with a slow stripping action.  Good areas to fish now are access spots 18 & 19.

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Trout Fishing Report April 10, 2014

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The back eddies can hold many natural blue quill mayflies now and the fishing is fast

Mountain Trout Streams- The upper reaches of the mountain streams off the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are providing good action.  Good flies now are the Blue Quill Dry 16, Blue Quill Nymph 16 and Spirit of Pittsford Mills 14.  Some of these streams have excellent hatches of Blue Quill Mayflies that are drifting into the back eddies.

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Large rainbows will quickly take your streamers as you swim them across the pool

Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams- There are many large rainbow trout in these streams that will take streamers fished deeply across the pools.  Big Stoney west of Edinburg and the Gorge on the Bullpasture are especially good.  Good flies now are the Murray’s Pearl & Black Marauder 10 and Murray’s Betsy Streamer 10.

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Trout Fishing Report April 4, 2014

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Fishing a dry caddis fly with a caddis pupa is great in full streams

Mountain Trout Streams- The recent rains have increased the stream levels on the mountain streams causing many trout to feed on the caddis in the slow parts of the large pools.  To cover all of them feeding trout you can use a dry Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis 14 on a 2ft. 5X dropper of the the bend of the dry with an improved clinch knot.

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The large browns in the stocked streams will quickly take your nymphs fished deeply

Delayed Harvest & Large Stocked Trout Streams- These streams are up a little and carrying extra color.  Consider using a SA Mastery Sinking Tip III Line to fish your nymphs deeply where the trout are holding.  Good nymphs now are the Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph 12, Murray’s Professor Nymph 14 and Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Olive 12.  Productive streams now are Big Cedar Creek west of Lebanon, North Creek east of Buchanan and Big Stoney west of Edinburg.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report April 4, 2014

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Fishing deeply below the river crossing ledges will give you some large bass now

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is currently high and not fishable at this time.

Last week we talked about fishing the river-crossing ledges on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and other small rivers.  These same river-crossing ledges provide excellent fishing on large rivers such as the South Fork of the Shenandoah, The New and The James.  However, on these large rivers its best to fish them from a boat.

I like to start on one side of the river 50 feet below these ledges and fish all the way across the river.  Using flies such as the Murray’s Skunk Road Kill 6, Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle 6 or Murray’s Black Heavy Hellgrammite 4 I cast straight up close to the ledge and strip it slowly back downstream.  Each successive cast is made 5 feet further across stream as we float across the river.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report March 28, 2014

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You can get great fishing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River by wading in and fishing large nymphs upstream below the ledges.

Many large bass are feeding in the protected feeding station downstream of the river-crossing ledges.  There are many of these on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River so if you’ll stop in our fly shop I’ll show you where to find these.  Flies that are working well for me below the ledges are the Murray’s Skunk Road Kill Nymph 6, Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Brown 6 and Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammite Black 4.

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Trout Fishing Report March 28, 2014

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Fishing a adult caddis dry with a caddis pupa dropper is a very effective tactic.

Mountain Trout Streams- The natural caddis pupa are very active in the mountain streams and there are some excellent adult caddisfly hatches.  The trout are feeding well on both of these.  An effective tactic is to use a two fly rig with a Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Olive Caddis 14 on a 9ft. 5X Classic Leader and a Murray’s Olive Caddis 14 on a 2ft. 5X mono dropper attached to the bend of the dry fly with an improved clinch knot.  Fish these upstream dead drift below the riffles.

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Fish your nymphs below the riffles and you’ll do well in the stocked streams.

Stocked Trout Streams & Delayed Harvest Streams- The recent high waters have dislodged many natural nymphs which the trout are feeding heavily upon.  Many of these are being swept from the riffles down into the pools.  By fishing nymphs such as the Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Olive 12, Professor Nymph 14 and Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph 12. Just below the riffles you can catch many nice trout.  Big Stoney, Back Creek and Passage Creek are all fishing well now.

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Bass Fishing Report March 21, 2014

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report Virginia Shenandoah ValleySmallmouth Bass Fishing Report for March 21, 2014 from Murray’s Fly Shop in Edinburg, Virginia.
The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah are both high and discolored from the snowmelt and subsequent runoff (mark that down, snow runoff in Virginia making things un-fishable in mid March).  Keep an eye on the USGS Streamflow Gauges through the weekend, much of this water will run through by mid day Saturday in the upstream stretches of the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah.
As for the fishing;  Break out your Wet Tip Fly Line and your heavy flies like a #4 Black Hellgrammite , #4 Magnum HogSucker or a #4 Madtom in either Olive or Black.  Slowly fish the deep runs and deep cuts between ledges.  The water temperature isn’t warm enough for the fish to feel like chasing food quite yet.  A slow retrieve along the bottom will produce the best results.
Streamflow Gauge – South Fork Shenandoah River near Luray, VA
Streamflow Gauge – North Fork Shenandoah River near Strasburg, VA

 

Trout Fishing Report March 14, 2014

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Come into the heads of the streams to get the best fishing now

Mountain Trout Streams- The heads of the mountain trout streams are providing very good dry fly fishing now.  Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway, National Forest Roads and Skyline Drive close to the trail heads I cover in my Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams book.  Hike down the trails I describe in my book and fish back up the streams.  Effective dry flies now are the Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis 14, Spirit of Pittsford Mills 14 and Mr. RapidanParachute 10.

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Many large rainbows will hit streamers well now

Large Trout Streams & Delayed Harvest Streams- Many of these streams hold some very large trout..such as the 10 1/2 pound rainbow caught recently in Big Stoney Creek 4 miles west of our fly shop in Edinburg.  In order to catch these trout fish the deep pools with streamers such as the Shenandoah Midnight 10, Betsy Streamer 10 and Mr. Rapidan Streamer 10.  The slower and deeper you fish these streamers the more trout you’ll catch.

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