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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 24, 2014

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Harry catches many smallmouth bass in the fall by fishing the Murray’s Olive Madtom/Sculpin deeply

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.

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.

 

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Many large trout are feeding actively now and you can catch them on streamers like the Marauders and Silver Ghost

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.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 17, 2014

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Jeff Murray catches many nice bass on the Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub Streamer by fishing them deeply in the large pools

If you could enjoy catching large bass this is a good time to hit the rivers.  The New, James and North Fork of the Shenandoah river are all providing good fishing with large streamers.  The Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker, Magnum Creek Chub and Magnum Bluegill all in size 4 are very effective.  In deep and fast runs a Scientific Anglers Sink Tip III with a 5 or 6 foot leader can help swim these streamers close to the stream bottom where the large bass feed.

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Trout Fishing Report October 17, 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.

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Jeff Murray fights a large brown trout that took his Murray’s Caddis Pupa fished below an Elk Hair Caddis

Large Trout Streams & Delayed Harvest Streams- Many of the newly stocked trout in these streams can be caught with a Brown Elk Hair Dry Caddis 14 with the Tan Murray’s Caddis Pupa 14 or a Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle 14 on a 2 ft, 5X dropper below it.  The emerging forms of this caddis often swim a long distance just below the  surface before becoming an adult so fish this dry-dropper combination down and across stream with a slow twitching action that is very effective.

By using barbless hooks like I show you in this video you can gently release these trout.

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Trout Fishing Report October 9, 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.

 

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A dry caddis with a Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle dropper is very effective at this time of the year

Large Stocked Trout Streams- Many of the larger trout streams such as the Jackson, Smith River and Big Stoney have some good hatching tanish-brown caddisflies now.  The pupa of this fly often drifts long distances several feet below the stream surface before hatching into the adult.  This makes a dry with a pupa or soft hackle on a 2 foot 5X dropper below the dry fly is very effective.  I like to fish a Elk Hair Dry Brown 14 on top with either a Murray’s Tan Caddis Pupa 14 or a Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle 14 on the dropper.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 9, 2014

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The Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker catches many large bass for Jeff in all smallmouth rivers

Apparently prompted by the cooling rivers many large bass are feeding heavily on large minnows now.  Streams such as the James River below Arcadia, The New River right beside Radford and the North Fork of the Shenandoah River below Edinburg hold great populations of these minnows and thus provide good fishing,  I do well with the Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub 4 in the deep pools, the Magnum Blue Gill 4 along the knee deep to hip deep shaded river banks and the Magnum Hog Sucker 4 where the gravel bars drop off to the deep runs.

We are catching large bass now so keep your hooks sharp like I show you in this video so you can hook them easily.

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Trout Fishing Report October 3, 2014

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Harry relies on the Murray’s Housefly now because many trout are feeding on these naturals

Mountain Trout Streams- The streams are low now but by using a cautious approach and tapering down to 6X with small flies you can catch many nice trout.  I’m doing well with the Murray’s Housefly 16 and the  Mr. Rapidan Ant 16.  The streams in both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains are providing good fishing.

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Checking the stream temperatures will often reveal in-stream springs and the presence of natural cress bugs

Large Trout Streams- The springs that flow into our large streams from the streambanks and into the bottom of the streams provide a rich environment for cress bugs and shrimp as well as the trout.  The springs along the streambanks are easy to locate by the rich green weed growth.  The springs entering the stream bottom are quickly discerned by the cool flow of water over your legs as you wade below them.  Fishing a Shenk’s Cress Bug 14 & 16 and a Shrimp 14 below these springs is a very effective way to catch some large trout.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 3, 2014

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Many large bass are still feeding well on the surface so take advantage of this

Many of the large bass are feeding well on the surface and we’re catching them on the Shenandoah Damsel Popper 6, Shenandoah Chartreuse Chuggar 4 and Shenandoah Chartreuse Slider 4.  Be sure to fish the water above Nash’s Ford on the Clinch, below Fosters on the South Fork of the Shenandoah and downstream from Chapman’s Landing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah.

Trout Fishing Report September 26, 2014

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Take advantage of the great trout fishing in the remote sections of the streams by hiking in to spend several days

Mountain Trout Streams- I’m doing real well on the mountain streams with the Mr. Rapidan Ant 16, and the Murray’s Housefly 16 by fishing these along the banks and back under the limbs on 6X.  The stream levels are holding up very well in Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains.  A friend just hiked into one of these remote streams and said he caught a trout or two in each pool.

These trout will be spawning so mash down the hook barbs as we show in this video and handle them carefully.

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Fishing Shenk’s Cress Bugs below the springs will give you many nice trout

Large Trout Streams- Many of the large trout in these large streams are feeding well on cressbugs and shrimp just below where the springs empty into the streams.  I like to start 100 feet downstream of these springs and fish upstream dead drift to the springs with Shenk’s Cress Bug size 14 & 16 and a Shrimp 14.  The Smith River at Bassett and Big Stoney west of Edinburg are especially good.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report September 26, 2014

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There is great fishing in the tails of the pools now with the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6

Our rivers are still warm enough to prompt the bass to feed on the surface so I take advantage of this before cold weather moves in.  I do well fishing the Shenandoah Chartreuse Slider 4 along the shaded banks if the water is less than 3 feet deep.  For deeper water and below the riffles I use the Shenandoah Chartreuse Chuggar 4.  In the tails of the pools and along the grass beds the Shenandoah Chartreuse Popper 6 is great.  Right now we’re getting action on the North Fork of the Shenandoah from Edinburg to Toms Brook and on the South Fork from Luray to Seekfords.