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Trout Fly Fishing Report June 23, 2015

Mountain Trout: The mountain trout fishing is very good now with Murray’s Flying Beetle size 14 and Murray’s Inchworm size 14 fished on a 9 foot 6X Classic Leader. If you spot rising trout go one on one with these fish and if you do not see rising trout just cover the water. The runs beside the incoming riffles hold many feeding trout. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout: Many of the large trout in these streams are feeding well on the nymphs just below the riffles. Good streams now are Big Cedar Creek, North Creek at Arcadia and Big Stoney. Fish your nymphs upstream dead drift and let them swing right along the streambottom where our new Murray’s Trout Nymph Knotted looped leaders help detect these subtle strikes. Good flies are Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 14, Casual Dress Nymph size 12 and Little Yellow Stonefly Nymph size 16.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report June 23, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: We are catching many nice smallmouth bass on Hellgrammites from the riffles down for two hundred feet into the large pools. Strip these four inches every ten seconds to swim them slowly across the stream after you cast them straight across stream. The Murray’s Bright Butt Knotted Looped 9 foot 2X is ideal for this. The Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammites size 6 in black, brown, and olive. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River from the Covered Bridge to Woodstock is good. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River from Luray to Seekford’s is good.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report June 16, 2015

Mountain Trout: The mountain streams are in good shape. Be sure to fish Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry size 16 beside the leaf jams where the naturals are hatching. You can catch many trout on Murray’s Sulphur Dry size 16 and Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry size 16 in the tails of the pools where you will find the duns from mid afternoon until dark and the Spinners at dusk. Some of the best fishing is the heads of the streams reached by coming in from the trail heads on the top of the mountains. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: Fishing streamers in these streams can give you many large rainbows. Swim these slowly along the stream bottoms in the large pools and below the riffles. The Bullpasture, Back Creek and Big Stoney are all fishing well. Good streamers now are the Shenandoah Simple Streamer Skunk size 10, Shenandoah Simple Streamer Silver Ghost size 10 and Shenandoah Simple Streamer Nine Three size 10.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report June 16, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: One of my smallmouth bass school students, who later became a very good friend, said “harry, in this school I want you to teach me every possible way to fish surface bugs.” I started by showing him how to fish the Shenandoah Gray Chugger below the riffles like a struggling minnow. Next we went to the shallow river banks where he took many bass by teasing with a Shenandoah Chartreuse Slider by  teasing it along the banks. We ended by fishing the Shenandoah Chartreuse Poppers beside some downfalls and grassbeds. These are many areas on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River from Edinburg to Toms Brook and on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River from Luray to Foster’s where you can get wonderful surface fishing.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report June 9, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: We still have good Sulphur hatches and Little Yellow Stonefly hatches in the mountains and the stream levels are excellent for this time of year. I am taking advantage of these great conditions to explore the small remote feeder streams and camp in the headwaters to fish several days. The trout are rising well so you can just stick with drys. The Murray’s Sulphur Dry Fly size 16, Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry Fly, and Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry Fly size 16 are excellent. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: Many large rainbows are holding in the deep pools in these streams where they feed heavily on minnows. By fishing minnow-matching streams on a Scientific Anglers Tip III fly line with a Murray’s Fluorocarbon 6 foot 3X sinking leader very slowly you can catch many of these trout. Effective streamers are the Shenandoah Silver Ghost Streamer size 10, Shenandoah Nine-Three Streamer size 10 and Shenandoah Skunk Streamer size 10. Good streams ow are Big Cedar Creek and North Creek above the campground.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report June 9, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: Many large bass are taking surface bugs well now. I carefully choose my bugs to produce the type action I need in each type of water. In deep or fast water I choose the Shenandoah Chugger to produce racket to bring the bass up. In shallow slow water I use the Shenandoah Slider to produce a teasing action. Along grassbeds and along the banks I use the Shenandoah Popper.  The new Murray’s Bass Bug Knotted Looped 2X 9 foot leaders are ideal for casting these large bugs. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River upstream from Foster’s is fishing great.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report June 1, 2015

Mountain Trout: The sulphur hatch this year is one of the best I have ever seen. Even though the duns and spinners are heaviest late in the day, I am catching many trout on the Murray’s Sulphur Dry size 16, Shenk’s Sulphur Dry size 16 and Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry size 16 throughout the day. The streams are dropping so go to a 6X Murray’s Classic 9 foot leader and do not false cast over the pools. There is still plenty of water in the mountains to fish the remote feeders. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Streams: There are many large rainbows that are feeding on the Sulphur Mayflies below the riffles at dusk on these large streams. Watch for rising trout but if you do not see any, go with a two fly rig with a Murray’s Sulphur Dry size 16 or a Murray’s Yellow Drake Dry size 16 on top with a Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Brown Nymph size 16 on a 3 foot 5X dropper below it. The Smith River at Bassett and the Hidden Valley of the Jackson are excellent.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report June 1, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: If you enjoy fishing dry flies on the large rivers in the Rockies you can use these skills to fish the Brown Drake hatch on the smallmouth rivers in the East. A beginning angler friend was recently shocked at the number of bass feeding on spent Brown Drakes when we floated into a large flat pool below a riffle. “The River is full of rising bass”, was his only comment. The last two hours of the evening the Murray’s Brown Drake Dry size 14 and the Murray’s Purple Dun Dry size 14 will give you great action. There are heavy hatches downstream of Edinburg on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and below the 675 Bridge on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

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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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