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Trout Fly Fishing Report April 20, 2015

Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout: These are too high for good fishing. Mountain Trout Streams: The upper sections of these streams now have good caddis hatches and the trout are feeding well on both the adults and the rising pupa. A good way to get the best action is to fish a Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Dry on the surface and below it on a 2 foot 5X dropper fish a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 12 or a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 12.  

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Trout Fly Fishing Report April 14, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The Brachycentrus caddisflies are becoming very active in the mountain streams and many trout are feeding heavily upon them. The pupa often drift along two to three feet just below the stream surface before emerging into the adult. The trout feed heavily on both the pupa and the adult so a two fly rig is effective.You can fish a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 12 or a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 12 on a 2 foot 5X dropper below a Mr. Rapidan Olive Dry Delta Wing Caddis size 14 and catch many trout. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: These warming streams are prompting the natural nymphs to become very active and they are exposed to the trout who are feeding heavily upon them. One effective tactic is to start at the upper end of the large pools and fish across stream to cover the full length of the pool with a slow fly twitching action. Back Creek and the Bullpasture are fishing well. Good flies now are the Casual Dress Nymph size 10, Bead Head Hare’s Ear Nymph size 14 and Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 14.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report April 14, 2015

Bass: Many creek chub minnows are very active in the 100 to 200 foot sections of the river below the riffles. I enter the river right below these riffles and fish chub patterns over this whole area by casting across stream and stripping them four inches every ten seconds. Great chub patterns are Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub size 4, Shenk’s White Streamer size 4 and Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 6. The section of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River from Mount Jackson to Woodstock is especially good.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report April 7, 2015

Mountain Trout: The Blue Quill and Epeorus mayflies are hatching well and you may see several trout rising in each pool. Good flies for the hatches are the Blue Quill Dry size 16, Blue Quill Nymph size 16 and Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14. To get to the best fishing come into the heads of the streams from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive from the trail heads. I cover this in my book, Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: Many of these streams are providing great fishing. Some are Big Cedar Creek, Passage Creek, and Back Creek. Many of these trout are feeding well on minnows so streamers which match these such as Murray’s Betsy Streamer size 10, Mr. Rapidan Streamer size 10 and Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10 are all very productive. Streams that are providing good action are the Bullpasture, Hidden Valley of the Jackson and Big Stoney west of Edinburg.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report April 7, 2015

Bass: Last week I discussed fishing the Murray’s Hellgrammite across stream which is very effective. If you find yourself below a heavy riffle with many pockets four feet deep the upstream dead drift tactic is excellent. This drifts your Hellgrammite right in front of the bass and they may not be able to refuse it. Stop in our fly shop and I will show you good areas. Good flies are the Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammite in black, olive, and brown. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is in excellent shape for wading or floating. The South Fork will fish best by floating.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report March 31, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: We are now getting good hatches of Blue Quills as well as Eperous mayflies. The trout are taking the dry Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 16 and Blue Quill Nymphs size 16 in the back eddies. Go one on one with the rising trout or just cover the above two feeding areas if you do not see trout feeding. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: The large recently stocked rainbows are feeding well on natural minnows so fish streamers which match these minnows. Dependable patterns such as the Mr. Rapidan Streamer size 10, Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10 and Murray’s Betsy Streamer size 10 fished deeply with a slow stripping action are great. The Bullpasture and the Jackson are fishing well.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report March 31, 2015

Bass: We are catching some nice bass below the riffles now by swimming our Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammites slowly across stream along the stream bottom. I am doing best by using a Scientific Anglers Sink Tip III line with a Murray’s Fluorocarbon 6 ft 2X sinking leader which helps get the flies deep. All three colors are effective so I use the black, brown, and olive Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammites in size 4. The North Fork downstream from Edinburg is fishing well. The South Fork is too high for good fishing.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report March 24, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The streams are becoming warmer and the Epeorus hatch is coming off well. You can get good fishing on these streams by coming into the heads of them off the National Forest Roads, Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. If you are not familiar with these just call me and I will help you. Most of these are covered in my book Virgina Blue Ribbon Streams. Good flies now are the Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14, Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 12 and Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 14. Delayed Harvest and Large Stocked Trout Streams: The state has recently stocked these streams and the recent rains have moved them throughout the streams. A good way to catch these fish is to cover as much water as possible with your flies. Streamers are ideal for this by staring below the riffles and fishing them across stream through the full length of the pools. Effective streamers are the Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10, Mr. Rapidan Streamer size 10 and Murray’s Betsy Streamer size 10. Big Stoney at Columbia Furnace and Passage Creek in Fort Valley are providing good fishing.

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