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Trout Fly Fishing Report March 3, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The mountain trout streams are cool but you can take some nice trout by fishing nymphs deeply. Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 12 and Casual Dress size 12 are all excellent now. Fish these upstream dead drift. The new Murray’s Trout Nymph Leader with built in indicators (9 foot 5X) is a great help on fishing these. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: Last week I discussed how and where to catch large trout from the deeply undercut stream banks. This week I will cover a tactic which is productive for large trout on streams such as the Jackson, Smith River (on falling water) and the Bullpasture. The Murray’s Black Madtom Sculpin size 8 and Murray’s Olive Madtom Sculpin size 8 are both excellent for large trout in these streams now. I start just below the riffle entering the head of the pool and cast thirty feet across stream and swim my flies slowly across the streambottom by stripping them six inches every ten seconds. Successive casts are made two feet longer and I use the same retrieve. By fishing all the way to the end of the pool and pausing every five feet to repeat this method you can catch many large trout. Share this!

Trout Fly Fishing Report February 24, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: When I saw the ice on the surface of the edge of the stream and on the mud puddles along the side of the stream I decided that since I was going to fish anyway I might as well try to catch the largest trout. Having taken many large trout on the Murray’s Black Madtom Sculpin size 6 over the years, this was my choice. This particular northern trout stream usually held many of its largest trout below its undercut banks so this was where I concentrated. My favorite tactic is what I call a “back up drift”. By staying well back from the bank on dry land and using my 9 foot rod to guide my Murray’s Black Madtom Sculpin downstream back under my bank I caught a very large brown trout almost right away. To make the most of this tactic I need to keep my streamer tight to the undercuts. To achieve this I use my 9 foot 4X Bright Butt Leader with two Scientific Anglers Indicators spaced along it.  By watching these indicators as the streamer hangs downstream below the rod tip i can easily guide it back below the undercut bank. I quickly feel the strike in my line hand because of the tight line. By carefully working my way downstream I have great success with this method. Some streams that provide this fishing are Big Spring Creek in Pennsylvania, Back Creek and Smith River. Share this!

Trout Stream Report February 17, 2015

Mountain Trout: The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: There are good midge hatches on these streams now. Last week we covered the tactics for fishing the Mr. Rapidan Adult Dry Midge when the trout are feeding on the adults. Today let us look at the tactics of fishing the Brassie size 18 and Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle size 16 when the trout are feeding on the natural emerging midges. Those trout you see creating swirls or splashes or even jumping from the surface as they feed are actually feeding on the natural emerging midges as they swim up through the stream to hatch from the surface. The commotion we see if created by the inertia of their bodies after they either capture or miss the emerging midge. A very effective tactic is to cast several feet upstream of where you see the commotion of the feeding trout and lift it slowly as it approached the feeding area. This lifting motion mimics the natural emerging action of the real midge and often brings a strike quickly. Streams which provide this fishing are Buffalo at Lexington, Big Stoney Creek at Edinburg, and Passage Creek at Fort Valley. Share this!

Trout Fishing Report February 12, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams- The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing at this time. Delayed Harvest & Large Stocked Trout Streams- As we discovered last fall there are times when heavy hatches of chironomid midges prompt the trout to feed heavily.  These hatches are on now so first let’s look at the flies which are productive and the tactics which are effective.  The three flies which work well on this hatch for me in the winter are the Mr. Rapidan Dry Midge 18, Brassie 18 and Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Brown 16. When the trout are feeding on the natural Adult Midges they betray this by the tiny dimple rise forms on the streams surface with gentle expanding concentric circles.  I like to fish these trout one on one with a Mr. Rapidan Dry Midge 18.  If the stream where the trout is rising has a moderate current I cast my dry 2 feet upstream of him on a 7X leader.  If the current is very slow the trout will usually feed by cruising from one midge to the next.  In this case I watch the rise forms and cast my dry a foot out in front of his path and strike gently when he takes it.  I find this action on Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg, Passage Creek and Buffalo at Lexington. Next week I’ll discuss the angling tactics when the trout feed on natural emerging midges. For more information on fishing midges listen to my podcast “Chironomid Midge Trout Fishing.”   Share this!

Trout Fishing Report January 30, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams- The mountain trout streams are too cold for good fishing.  Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams- These streams are cold and crystal clear.  Many of these trout are moving in below the springs to find warmer water and a good food source.  The natural cress bugs and shrimp below these springs meet these needs very well.  I like to use Ed Shenks Cress Bugs in size 14 & 16 and Shrimp size 14 in these areas.  On the small streams I watch for tailing trout as they turn nose down to root out the cress bugs or the mud seeping downstream from their feeding.  I then either sneak up the bank or wade carefully up the stream and fish one on one to these feeding trout. The springs flowing into Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg both upstream and downstream of Columbia Furnance provide this action.  Just stop in our fly shop and I’ll go over the maps with you. To get more information of fishing cress bugs and shrimp listen to my podcast “Fishing Shrimp and Cress Bugs for Trout.”   Share this!