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Trout Fishing Report November 20, 2014

Mountain Trout Streams- Mountain Trout Streams -The brook trout are spawning now and most anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them even though we return them all to the stream.   Large Trout Streams & Delayed Harvest Streams- There is an exciting dry fly game available on these trout streams now.  On warm afternoons and evenings you can often see the trout rising to feed on the adult midges on the surface and swirl to take the natural emergers just below the surface.  An excellent way to catch these trout is to fish a dry Mr. Rapidan Midge 18 on a 6X leader with a Brassie 18 or a Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle 16 on a 24 inch 6X dropper off the bend of the hook of the dry with an improved clinch knot. By mashing down the hook barb as I show in this video you can greatly increase the number of trout you hook when fishing midges Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report November 20, 2014

Even though the rivers are cold I still get the urge to try the bass on warm afternoons.  My son Jeff and I get his Hyde Drift Boat and drift from one deep pool to the next and even though we don’t catch many bass we sometimes catch a few large ones.  We anchor at the upstream end of the edge of the deep pools and systematically fish the entire pool using a Teeny 200 Sinking Head Line with Murray’s 6ft. 2X Fluorocarbon Leader using a Murray’s Black Madtom/Sculpin size 4.  Drifting from one deep pool to the next can give us some nice bass. Please stop in and I’ll be glad to help you locate these deep pools on both the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River. For more information on late season smallmouth tactics listen to Harry’s Bass Podcast Part XV Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report November 14, 2014

As the rivers cool I often use a Scientific Anglers Mastery Sink Tip III Line to fish my Murray’s Strymph deeply where the large bass are holding.  There are some sections of both the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River in the deep cuts between the river-crossing ledges where I regularly catch large bass at this time of the year by swimming strymphs deeply.  I find all three colors…Black, Cream and Olive in size 4 effective at various times. Share this!

Trout Fishing Report November 14, 2014

Mountain Trout Streams -The brook trout are spawning now and most anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them even though we return them all to the stream.  Large Trout Streams & Delayed Harvest Streams- The big browns and rainbows in the large trout streams feed heavily on natural crayfish and we can catch many of them with the Standard Murray’s Crayfish size 8, Singer’s Crayfish size 6 and Clouser Dark Brown Turkey Crayfish size 10.  Fish these right along the stream bottom with a slow darting action.  Back Creek, Passage Creek and Big Stoney Creek are all three fishing well.   Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report November 6, 2014

Many of the deep cuts between the river-crossing ledges on the Clinch River and North and South Forks of the Shenandoah Rivers are ideal feeding areas to large bass.  These are some of the areas I designed the strymph to fish.  By using a slow hand twist action to crawl these deeply I catch many of these bass.  I experiment with all three—the Black , Cream and Olive Strymph  all in size 4 because on some days the bass prefer one over the other. The improved clinch knot is a great knot for catching large fish when it is tied properly the way I show in this video.     Share this!

Trout Fishing Report November 7, 2014

Mountain Trout Streams- The brook trout are spawning now and most anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them even though we return them all to the stream. Large Stocked Trout Streams- You can catch many trout in the large streams now by fishing crawfish below  the riffles and over the cobblestone stream bottoms in the deep runs.  A slow darting action is effective throughout the day so cover these areas carefully and concentrate on the cobblestone bottom areas along the stream banks at dusk.  This is especially effective on Back Creek, Passage Creek and Big Stoney.  My favorite crayfish flies are the Murray’s Standard Crayfish 8, Singer Crayfish 6 and Clouser Brown Turkey Crayfish 10.   Share this!

Trout Fishing Report October 31, 2014

Mountain Trout Streams- The brook trout are spawning now and most anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them even though we return them all to the stream.   Delayed Harvest & Large Stocked Trout Streams- By fishing streams deeply which match the natural minnows the trout feed upon at this time of the year you can catch many large trout.  The Murray’s Black Marauder 10, Pearl Marauder 10 and Murray’s Silver Ghost 10 are some of my favorites at this time of the year.  Many anglers are getting good fishing in Passage Creek, Back Creek and Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg. For more information on late season trout fishing listen to my Trout Podcast Part XI Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 31, 2014

The cool nights have caused the water temperatures to drop in the rivers and the large bass have moved into the deep pools to feed.  If you can stop in our Fly Shop I’ll be glad to show you where many of these are located in both the North and South Forks  of the Shenandoah River.  I rely strongly on our Murray’s Black Madtom 4 and Murray’s Olive Madtom 4 to help me catch these deep feeding bass. For additional information on bass fishing at this time of the year listen to my Smallmouth Bass Podcast Part XV   Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 24, 2014

Many large bass are feeding in the deep pools so I’m now using a Teeny 200 Sinking Head Line to fish my heaviest streamers along the stream bottom.  The Murray’s Olive Madtom Sculpin 4 and Black Madtom Sculpin 4 are ties with heavy barbell eyes and extra lead free wire wrapped into the flies body so these are my choices in these stream conditions.  Swim these along the stream bottom by stripping them 4 inches every 10 seconds.  Please stop in our fly shop and I’ll be glad to show you the best water to fish. Share this!

Trout Fishing Report October 24, 2014

Mountain Trout Streams- The brook trout are spawning now and most anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them even though we return them all to the stream.   Large Stocked Trout Streams- The recent rains have put extra color in the large trout streams and many of the large trout are feeding actively on minnows.  The Bullpasture, Hidden Valley of the Jackson and Big Stoney west of Edinburg are especially good.  Thee of my most dependable streamers are the Murray’s Black Marauder 10, Pearl Marauder 10 and Murray’s Silver Ghost 10 because they effectively match many of the natural minnows the trout feed on. Share this!