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Trout Fishing Report December 9, 2014

Mountain Trout Streams- The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing. Delayed Harvest and Large Trout Streams- There is good fishing for the trout in our delayed harvest and large streams.  I’m getting good reports from anglers on Passage Creek, Back Creek and Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg.  Fishing nymphs such as the Casual Dress 12, Olive Strymph 10 and Murray’s Professor 12 upstream dead drift below the riffles is very productive. Our new Murray’s Trout Nymph Leader with a special taper and indicator system are very helpful in casting these heavy nymphs and in detecting the strikes. When fishing nymphs it is very important to keep your hooks sharp.  Watch our video for an easy way to sharpen your hooks Share this!

Trout Fishing Report December 5, 2014

Mountain Trout Streams- The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing at this time. Delayed Harvest Streams and Large Trout Streams- The generous stocking program by the state assures us of a good population of trout in these streams.  Natural nymphs holding along the stream bottom provides a large portion of the food for these trout.  When I select artificial nymphs to fish at this time of the year I like to use those which match a brad variety of the mayflies, stoneflies and caddis which are present.  Three of my favorites which have been very dependable are the Casual Dress 12, Olive Strymph 10 and Murray’s Professor Nymph 12.  By fishing these deeply you can catch some nice trout. Share this!

Trout Stream Report November 26, 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 Trout Streams- Many of the rainbow trout in our large streams feed heavily on the natural midges.  I see most of these trout in the back eddies and the slow sections of the pools.  A good way to catch these trout is to fish a dry midge on the surface with an emerger on a 24 inch 6X dropper below it.  I do well with the Mr. Rapidan Dry Midge 18 on the surface with a dropper of size 18 Brassie or a Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle Emerger 16.  The large trout feeding on the midges in flat water are very wary so approach them very carefully and use a gentle presentation.  I like to cast to specific feeding trout whenever it is possible rather than just covering the water. This fishing is especially good on the Smith River and Passage Creek. For more information on midge fishing for trout listen to my podcast Chironomid Midge Trout Fishing Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report November 26, 2014

I just talked to a good angling friend who said that he and his son caught some large bass in the deep section of the river downstream from Edinburg.  By using a Teeny 200 Sinking Head Line with a Murray’s 6 ft 2X Fluorocarbon Leader to swim a Murray’s Black Madtom/Sculpin 4 along the stream bottom you just might catch your largest bass of the year.  Stop in our fly shop and will be glad to show you the best areas to fish. Share this!

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!