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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!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 17, 2014

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.   Share this!

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. 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.   Share this!