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Trout Fly Fishing Report- December 6, 2016

Mountain Trout  and Stocked Trout Fly Fishing Report Mountain Trout Streams: The brook trout are spawning now and most serious anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them now even though we plan to return them to the stream. Stocked Trout Streams: A ploy I have used in the Rockies for many years is also very effective in the East when the trout are feeding on both nymphs and minnows in cold water. This method involved fishing a Shenandoah Silver Ghost Simple Streamer size 10 on a Murray’s Classic 7.5 foot 3X Leader. Then a Murray’s Miracle Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12 on a twenty four inch 4X dropper below that and a Murray’s Caddis Larva size 14 on a twenty four inch 5X dropper below the Stonefly. Fish this rig with a slow line hand stripping action below the riffles and in the deep pools. Back Creek, Passage Creek and the Hidden Valley of the Jackson are all fishing well right now. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop 121 South Main Street PO Box 156 Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Email: info@murraysflyshop.com Website: www.murraysflyshop.com

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report December 6, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report- Murray’s Fly Shop.   Many large bass are feeding now on natural hellgrammites along the streambottom in the deepest sections of our smallmouth bass rivers. To cover these areas effectively I like to use the Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink 30 Warm Sinking Head Fly Line in 200 grain. Swimming the Murray’s Heavy Black Hellgrammite, Murray’s Heavy Olive Hellgrammite or Murray’s Brown Heavy Hellgrammite with a six inch stripping action every twenty seconds is very effective.  The deep water downstream from access point #5 (Chapman’s Landing) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is fishing well. Also downstream from access point #13 (Foster’s Landing) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are fishing well. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop PO Box 156 121 South Main Street Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Email: info@murraysflyshop.com Website: www.murraysflyshop.com

Trout Fly Fishing Report November 29, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: The brook trout are spawning now and most serious anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them now even though we plan to return them to the stream. Stocked Trout Streams: The trout are now feeding on a broad variety of natural insects and minnows on our streams. A great way to catch these trout is to fish with flies which match these natural insects and minnows. The Murray’s Miracle Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12 and the Murray’s Caddis Larva size 14 mimic many of these insects and the Shenandoah Simple Silver Ghost Streamer size 10 matches many of these minnows. Fish these deeply and slowly below the riffles and in the deep pools. Back Creek, Big Stoney Creek and Passage Creek are all fishing well. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop 121 South Main Street PO Box 156 Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Email: info@murraysflyshop.com Website: www.murraysflyshop.com

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report November 29, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report. Even in the cold smallmouth bass rivers the smallmouth bass still need to feed some. Take advantage of this by showing the smallmouth bass flies which match a natural food they have all year long in great abundance. I am talking about the natural hellgrammites which is the larva of the dobsonfly. The Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammite in either Black, Olive or Brown in size 6 will catch many of these smallmouth bass in the deep water. The deep water below access point #5 (Chapman’s Landing) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and below access point #10 (Burners Bottom) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are both excellent in the winter. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop 121 South Main Street PO Box 156 Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Email: info@murraysflyshop.com Website: www.murraysflyshop.com

Trout Fly Fishing Report November 22, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: The brook trout are spawning now and most serious anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them now even though we plan to return them to the stream. Delayed Harvest and Large Trout Streams: The thick olive mayfly hatches on the delayed harvest streams and stocked trout streams cause many trout to feed heavily on the surface and they will take our dry flies such as CDC Blue Wing Olive size 18, Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 18 and Parachute Beatis size 18. Good streams now are Big Stoney Creek West of Edinburg, Passage Creek and Back Creek.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report November 22, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report(North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River)- The Crayfish flies are producing well when fished slowly and deeply over cobblestone streambottoms in the deepest water you can find. If the current is fast or the water is over five feet deep the Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink 30Warm Tip Fly Line 200 grain which sinks from four to eight ips will help you get your flies down deeply.  Access point #3 (Burnshire Bridge) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is good. Access point #13 (Foster’s Landing) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River is good. Good Crayfish patterns that are working well now are the Standard Crayfish size 6, Near Nuff Brown Crayfish size 8 and Murray’s Crayfish size 6.

Trout Fly Fishing Report November 15, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: The brook trout are spawning now and most serious anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them now even though we plan to return them to the stream. Delayed Harvest and Large Trout Streams: Many of these streams have good hatches of little olive mayflies now and you can get some exciting dry fly fishing. Back Creek and Passage Creek are especially good. I watch for rising trout and go one on one with these trout. If I do not spot risers I just cover the water. My three most dependable dry flies for this hatch are the CDC Blue Wing Olive size 18, Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 18 and Beatis Parachute Beatis size 18.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report November 15, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: Recently, following several warm days two friends had excellent smallmouth bass fishing using the Murray’s Crayfish size 6 on a Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink Tip III Sinking Fly Line with our Murray’s Fluorocarbon 6 foot 2X Sinking Leader. Other good crayfish flies are the Standard Crayfish size 6 and Near Nuff Brown Crayfish size 8. They did not catch any real large bass but they caught a good number of bass. On the North Fork of the Shenandoah River access point #1 (Route 661 off Route 11) is fishing good. On the South Fork of the Shenandoah River access point #13 (Foster’s Landing) is fishing good.

Trout Fly Fishing Report November 8, 2016

Mountain Trout Streams: The brook trout are spawning now and most serious anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them now even though we plan to return them to the stream. Delayed Harvest and Large Trout Streams: Charlie Brooks taught me how to fish the two and three nymph rig out West and it is great in our stocked trout streams such as the Hidden Valley of the Jackson and the Bull Pasture. Well proven nymphs to fish in this way are the Murray’s Caddis Larva size 14, Murray’s Dark Miracle Stonefly Nymph size 12 and Murray’s Adams Nymph size 12. Fish these in the deep pools and below the riffles with a slow stripping action.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report November 8, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: The cold water temperatures give us one great advantage in our smallmouth bass fishing in November, we know the largest bass have moved to the deep pools and cuts. On the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, this is the deep water downstream from access point #5 (Chapman’s Landing). On the South Fork of the Shenandoah River there are many deep cuts below the ledges between access point #13 (Foster’s Landing) and access pint #14 (Bealer’s Ferry). The Murray’s Magnum Dater Streamer size 4, Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub Streamer size 4 and Murray’s Hog Sucker Streamer size 4 are ideal for this. I really do well here with the Scientific Anglers Fast Sinking Head Sonar 30 Warm Fly Line in which the thirty foot head sinks at four to eight inches per second.