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Trout Fly Fishing Report May 26, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The Dorotheas (sulphurs) are hatching well in the mountains now and the trout are feeding well on them. At the peak of this hatch I have seen eight trout feeding on them in one pool. The duns get heavy late in the afternoon and the spinners come back a hour before dark. My favorite flies for this hatch are Murray’s Sulphur Dry Fly size 16, Shenk’s Sulphur Dry Fly size 16, and Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry Fly size 16. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: The stocked trout in these streams have seen enough natural sulphurs that they are feeding on them very well. A good ploy is to fish Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry Fly size 16 or a Murray’s Sulphur Dry Fly size 16 on a 9 foot 5X Classic Leader. To the bend of this hook attach 3 feet of 5X tippet material with a Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle Nymph size 16.  Fish these in the pool tails below the riffles. Streams producing well now are Smith River at Bassett, Rock Castle Creek and Lower Big Wilson.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report, May 26, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: You owe it to yourself to be on a smallmouth river at dusk this time of year when the Brown Drake Mayfly spinner fall is taking place. Recently on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River just downstream from Edinburg I had over a dozen bass rising to feed on the naturals within casting distance. The new Murray’s Brown Brown Dry Fly size 14 and Murray’s Purple Dun Dry Fly size 14 will catch these bass. Prior to the hatch, fishing the Murray’s Road Kill Olive Nymph size 8 will give you many bass along the sides of the riffles. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River downstream from Edinburg and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River upstream of Fosters Landing are great.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report May 19, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The leaf jams on these streams are loaded with Little Yellow Stonefly Nymphs. By fishing a dry little yellow stonefly beside and below these leaf jams you can catch many trout. The upper sections of these streams off the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are giving us our best fishing. Effective patterns include Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry size 16, Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry size 16, and Murray’s Professor Dry size 16. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: There are so many natural caddisflies on these streams many anglers are catching some large rainbows on this two fly rig. If you spot rising trout feeding on the dry naturals or swirling at the hatching pupa these flies will take them. If you do not see feeding trout just cast across stream and twitch the flies through the current. Attach a Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis size 14 to a 9 foot 4X Classic Leader and to a 2 foot 4X mono dropper with either a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 12 or a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 12.  Big Cedar Creek, North Creek at Arcadia and Big Stoney at Edinburg are producing nice size trout.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report May 19, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: Recently on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River the egg-laying caddisflies were so thick that my waders had a one eighth inch thick layer of eggs coating them below the water line when I left the stream. I returned to the stream and washed them to the stream. A dry and dropper combination twitched across the stream surface caught many large bass.  A Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis size 10 with a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 12 or a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 10 on a 2 foot does the job. Chapman’s Landing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and Foster’s Landing on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are great fishing spots.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report May 12, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The Little Yellow Stonefly hatch is especially heavy now. The heads of the mountain trout streams are giving good dry fly fishing on Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly size 16, Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry size 16, and Murray’s Professor Dry size 16. Park at the trail heads on top of the mountain and hike down down the stream a mile or two then fish back up the mountain. These streams and access points can be found in my books, Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park and Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: The same caddis fly hatches which are on the smallmouth rivers are on these larger trout streams. Start at the tops of the pools and fish across stream with a dry and a dropper using a slow two inch fly twitching action. Attach a Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis size 14 to a 9 foot 4X Murray’s Classic Leader. To this attach a 3 foot 4X mono dropper with a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 12  or Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 12. Back Creek and Passage Creek are both fishing well now.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report May 12, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: There are some great caddis hatches on many of the smallmouth rivers now and the fishing is great. Fish right below the riffles with a Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Dry Caddis size 10 on a 9 foot 2X Bright Butt leader and attach a 2 foot 2X mono dropper to this with a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 12 or a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 10 to this as a dropper. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River from Edinburg downstream and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River from Luray downstream are both producing well.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report May 5, 2015

Mountain Trout: There are still good hatches of March Browns in the heads of these streams. If you spot swirls of feeding trout in the shallows along the banks these trout are feeding on the nymphs moving out to hatch. This is a perfect area to fish a two fly rig with the Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14 on the top and on a two foot dropper either a Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 12 or a Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle size 12. The best fishing is by coming in from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive to fish the upper reaches of these streams. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: Many of the large trout in these streams have been distributed through the whole length of these streams by the full water levels. We are catching many of these large trout on all three colors of Strymphs in size 10. The stretches from three miles above and below Columbia Furnace West of Edinburg is producing very well. Passage Creek and Big Cedar Creek are also fishing well.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report May 5, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: The rains have raised the river levels lightly so I am using a Scientific Anglers Sink Tip III fly line with a Murray’s Fluorocarbon 6 foot 2X Sinking Leader to fish my streamers deeply. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River to too high for good fishing. Productive areas on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River are from Mount Jackson down to Woodstock. The Magnum Hog Sucker, Magnum Bluegill and Magnum Darter all in size 4 are producing when fished deeply.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report April 28, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The ideal stream conditions we had last year have helped produce the finest March Brown mayfly hatch I have ever seen. The lips of every pool holds steady surface feeders while the sides of the riffles in the heads of the pools hold many trout feeding on emergers. A good way to fish this hatch is to fish a Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry Fly size 14 on a 9 foot 5X Murray’s Classic Leader and on a 2 foot 5X dropper below the dry attach a Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 12 or a Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle size 12. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: The high water levels in these stocked trout streams have moved the trout throughout the whole streams. This enables us to find good action by fishing either upstream or downstream. The ideal fly for this is the Murray’s Strymph because aa the name implies it can be fished downstream as a streamer as well as upstream like a nymph. Good streams now are Back Creek, The Lower Pedlar west of Amherst and Big Stoney west of Edinburg.

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