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Trout Fly Fishing Report July 26, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: There are presently many natural beetles along our trout streams and the trout are feeding heavily upon them. The upper sections of Big Wilson and Whitetop Laurel are fishing well. (Both of these streams are in my book, Virginia Blue-Ribbon Streams). Fishing the Murray’s Flying Beetle in size 14 and 16 downstream of the shrubs and below over hanging tree limbs will bring up many large trout. Large Trout Streams: As these trout streams become warm many of the trout move in below the springs for the cool water they provide. Here they feed heavily on the natural cress bug and shrimp and I catch many of these trout on Shenk’s Cress Bug size 14 and 16 and Murray’s Shrimp size 16 by fishing these right below the springs. This is especially effective on Big Spring Creek and at Fisherman’s Paradise.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report July 26, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: Some of the most exciting fishing for smallmouth bass is found at this time of the year by fishing the tails of the pools the last two hours of the day with Murray’s Floating Chub Minnow in size 4 and 6 and Murray’s Floating Dace Minnow in size 6. This is outstanding on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at access spot #19 (Covered Bridge) and on the South Fork of the  Shenandoah River at access spot #13 (Foster’s Landing). Be sure to fish the one to two feet deep water just above the lip of the riffle because many large bass feed here in the low light.

Trout Fly Fishing Report July 19, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: The small headwater streams coming off the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are still producing some great Olive Caddis Fly hatches. Fishing a Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis size 16 with a Murray’s Olive Magic Caddis Pupa size 14 or a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 16 on a twenty four 6X dropped below it is very effective. I often use a puddle cast slack line cast to assure that I will get a drag free drift. Large Trout Streams: At this time of the year many large trout hold on feeding stations along the banks of streams such as the Jackson and Letort in order to feed on natural grasshoppers and crickets which drift by. I find I do best by drifting my flies very close to the banks because the largest trout will seldom leave the shade and security. The largest trout are usually tight against the undercut banks. My favorite flies are Shenk’s Cricket Dry size 12, Shenk’s Letort Hopper size 12 and Dave’s Hopper size 12.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report July 19, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: Put your canoe or kayak in at Chapman’s Landing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and drift slowly downstream fishing a Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 on a Murray’s Bright Butt 9 foot 2X Leader with a Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10 or a Murray’s Black Marauder size 10 on a twenty four 2X dropper below it. Cast this tight to the left bank going downstream to about a mile below the over head bridge. Here turn upstream and fish the East bank carefully on your way back up to Chapman’s Landing. This same tactic is very effective on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River by putting in at access spot #14 (Bealer’s Ferry).

Trout Fly Fishing Report July 12, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams:  There are presently some great olive caddis fly hatches on the mountain trout streams in the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains. Since the pupa of this caddis may drift downstream just inches below the surface before emerging many trout take the pupa while others take the adult. An effective way to catch these trout is to fish a Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis Dry size 16 on a Murray’s Classic 7.5 6X Leader with either a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 16 or a Murray’s Olive Magic Caddis Pupa size 14 on a twenty four 6X dropper below it.  The lips of the pools and the runs on both sides of the incoming riffles hold many trout. Large Trout Streams: The natural grasshoppers and crickets are active along many of our trout streams and this is providing exciting fishing. Watch for rising trout along the banks on streams such as Big Spring at Newville,  Pennsylvania and on the Smith River at Basset along the railroad track.  I like to go one on one with these trout with Ed Shenk’s Cricket Dry size 12, Ed Shenk’s Letort Hopper size 12 or Dave’s Hopper size 12.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report July 12, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: There is great smallmouth fishing now by fishing the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 on the Murray’s Bright Butt 9 foot 2X Leader with a Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10 or a Murray’s Black Marauder size 10 on a twenty four inch 2X mono dropper below it. If you enter the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at access spot #19 (Covered Bridge) and wade to fish this rig upstream you will catch many bass. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is productive at access spots #13 (Foster’s Landing) and #14 (Bealers Ferry) using the same tactic as above.

Trout Fly Fishing Report July 5, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: I am presently catching many trout on Murray’s Flying Beetle in sizes 14 and 16 by fishing to rising trout and covering the water. I am finding trout on the lip feeding stations in almost every pool where they will take the Flying Beetle if I get a drag free drift and do not scare them. A stealthy approach and a slack-line cast is the best way to catch these trout. Many trout are also holding on feeding stations on the sides of the riffles in the heads of the pools so drift the Murray’s Flying Beetle right where these fast currents meet the slow currents on the sides of the pools. Large Stocked Trout Streams: The “Murray’s Swing Nymphing” tactic will enable you to fish your nymphs deeper than any method you can use with a floating line. This is a great help when fishing the deep pools on the Jackson, Smith and Bullpasture. Casting twenty feet up and across stream at a forty five degree angle allows your nymphs to sink deeply, relying on two Scientific Anglers Indicators on your Murray’s Bright Butt 9 foot 5X Leader so you can see when you have good depth. Swing the rod tip downstream at the rate the nymphs are drifting and you can quickly feel the strike. Successive casts are two feet longer. After ten drifts wade downstream, pausing every ten feet to repeat this tactic. Good nymphs now are  Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 14, Murray’s Dark Miracle Stonefly Nymph size 14 and Murray’s Olive Magic Caddis Pupa size 14.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report July 5, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: As the aquatic grassbeds form throughout our smallmouth rivers many shiner minnows make their homes in them and the bass feed heavily upon them, especially where the grassbeds meet the main currents in the rivers. I like to wade or float down the rivers parallel to the grassbeds and cast my streamers close to them and strip them slowly out twenty feet into the main current, then I pick the fly up and cast it down the grassbed at ten foot intervals as I move downstream. My favorite  shiner imitations are the Murray’s Dying Shiner Minnow size 6, Murray’s Heavy Shiner Streamer size 6 and Silver Outcast Streamer size 4. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is fishing well at access points #4 (Near Dr. Truban’s Vet Clinic) and #5 (Chapman’s Landing). The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is too high and discolored.