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Trout Fly Fishing Report July 28, 2015

Mountain Trout: Recently I saw some trout rising tight against the bank where an old rotting log rested beside the water. I took seven large trout here then a poor cast stuck my Murray’s Oakworm Dry in the log. When I went over to retrieve my fly dozens of real oakworms fell into the stream when I picked up a chuck of bark It may be better to be lucky than to be wise. The Murray’s Horseflies Dry and Murray’s Yellow Jackets Dry are also very productive in these streams. Delayed Harvest and Stocked trout Streams: There is some excellent fishing with Cress Bugs and Shrimp downstream of the springs on Big Stoney Creek West of Edinburg, the Bullpasture and Passage Creek. I like to fish these upstream dead drift below the springs but you can work downstream if you wade carefully.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report July 28, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: At dusk you can catch many large bass in the water two to three feet deep right beside the aquatic grassbeds along the banks. These bass are very wary so I wade upstream to fish them. A very effective tactic is to attach a Shenandoah Damsel Black Scaled Popper to a 9 foot 2X leader. Come off the bend of the popper hook with three feet of 2X tippet material. To this attach a Damselfly Nymph Olive size 10 or an Olive Strymph size 10. As this rig drifts back downstream to you impart a slow twitching action with your line hand. There is excellent water for this type of fishing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at access spots #1 (Near taxidermy shop) and #2 (Pugh’s Run). The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is good at access points #10 (Burner’s Bottom) and #11 (Seakford).

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Trout Fly Fishing Report July 21, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: There are an abundance of terrestrial insects along these streams. Since these trout have seen many artificial flies by this time of the season I like to use patterns they have not seen. Our new series is excellent, including the Murray’s Oakworm Dry size 16, Murray’s Yellow Jacket Dry size 16 and Murray’s Horsefly Dry size 16. Fish these below overhanging tree limbs and downstream from shrubs on a Classic 9 foot 6X Leader. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: The streams are becoming warm and many large trout are moving in below the springs to feed on the natural shrimp and cress bugs that live here. Effective patterns are Shenk’s Cress Bug size 14, Shrimp size 14 and Shenandoah Sowbug size 14. One effective tactic is to fish these flies upstream dead drift below the springs. Streams that have good springs are Big Stoney Creek both above and below Columbia Furnace, North Creek at Arcadia and the lower Pedlar River.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report July 21, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: The Damselflies are hatching in large numbers in our smallmouth rivers now and the bass are feeding heavily on both the nymphs and the adults. If you see bass jumping to feed on the adults in the middle of the river go one on one with these fish. A good tactic is to fish the Shenandoah Damsel Black Scaled Popper size 6 on a 9 foot 2X Bright Butt Leader and an Olive Damselfly Nymph size 10 or an Olive Strymph size 10 on a 3 foot 2X dropper below it. If there are no risers, fish this same fly rig beside the aquatic grassbeds. Good areas are access points #3 (Burnshire Bridge) and #4 (Near Dr. Truban’s Clinic) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and access points #11 (Seakford) and #12 (Good’s Landing) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report July 14, 2015

Mountain Trout: The cool upper sections of these streams are providing good fishing. The trout are wary so you may need to use a hands and knees approach to prevent scaring the,. Do not false cast over the pools where the trout can see the line and fly but use my “flip cast” which I discuss in my pod casts. Good flies now are the Murray’s Near Nuff Mayfly size 16, Murray’s Purple Dun Dry size 16, and Murray’s Mini Trout Skater size 16. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: The trout in these streams are feeding well on the natural insects which fall into the streams. The streams are carrying extra water now. Big Stoney will be clear by July 19, 2015. Many anglers are getting good fishing in Big Cedar Creek and the Smith River as Bassett. Good flies now are the Letort Hopper size 12, Shenk’s Cricket Dry size 10 and Murray’s Horsefly Dry size 14.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report July 14, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: Recent rains have raised the lower sections of both the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River but you can get good fishing by going upstream beyond many of the feeder streams. Be sure to fish the aquatic grassbeds with the following shiner minnow streamers: Murray’s Dying Minnow Shiner size 6, Shenandoah Simple Streamer Silver Ghost size 6, and Silver Outcast Streamer size 4. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is good at access point 18 and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River is good at access point 15.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report July 6, 2015

Mountain Trout: The hatches on the mountain streams are now sporadic so a productive tactic is to use a cautious approach and present flies on a 6X leader which show a broad variety of natural insects.  Flies which are effective now are the Murray’s Dry Near Nuff Mayfly size 16, Murray’s Mini Trout Dry Skater size 16, and Murray’s Purple Dun Dry size 16. Look for rising trout and go one on one with these fish. If you do not see rising trout be sure to drift these flies in the tails of the pools and along the sides of the incoming riffles. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: The stocked trout are now acclimated to the streams enough to feed well on the natural terrestrial. Streams such as the Bullpasture, Back Creek and Big Stoney West of Edinburg are in good shape. Produtvie flies now are Ed Shenk’s Letort Hopper size 12, Shenk’s Cricket Dry size 10, and Murray’s Horsefly Dry size 14. Fish these close to the shaded banks.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report July 6, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: The bass are presently feeding heavily on the natural silver minnows who make their homes on the shallow gravel bars on the sides of the rivers. A very productive tactic is to wade down into the deep water in the main part of the river and cast a shiner streamer forty to fifty feet out across the drop off. Strip it slowly back. Expect the strike at the edge of the drop off. My favorite flies are the Shenandoah Simple Streamer Silver Ghost size 6, Murray’s Dying Shiner Minnow size 6, and Silver Outcast Streamer size 4. These are on many of these areas on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River around Woodstock, Virginia and on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River above Seekford.

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Trout Fly Fishing Report June 30, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The wild trout in the streams often take our Murray’s Inchworm and Murray’s Flying Beetle presented with a slight splash. This can easily be achieved with a firm snap on a roll cast presentation. Productive areas are often below tree limbs and beside shrubs. The small upper feeder brooks on these streams are still fishing well. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: The large trout streams hold many trout that feed well on nymphs at this time of the year. If you wade carefully to prevent scaring the trout you can start below the riffles and work downstream, casting your nymph across stream to fish it back with a slow twitching action. Good nymphs now are Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 14, Casual Dress Nymph size 12, and Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Nymph size 14. Good streams are the Bullpasture, Back Creek, and Big Stoney at Edinburg, VA.

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