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Trout Fly Fishing Report March 31, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: We are now getting good hatches of Blue Quills as well as Eperous mayflies. The trout are taking the dry Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 16 and Blue Quill Nymphs size 16 in the back eddies. Go one on one with the rising trout or just cover the above two feeding areas if you do not see trout feeding. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: The large recently stocked rainbows are feeding well on natural minnows so fish streamers which match these minnows. Dependable patterns such as the Mr. Rapidan Streamer size 10, Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10 and Murray’s Betsy Streamer size 10 fished deeply with a slow stripping action are great. The Bullpasture and the Jackson are fishing well. Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report March 31, 2015

Bass: We are catching some nice bass below the riffles now by swimming our Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammites slowly across stream along the stream bottom. I am doing best by using a Scientific Anglers Sink Tip III line with a Murray’s Fluorocarbon 6 ft 2X sinking leader which helps get the flies deep. All three colors are effective so I use the black, brown, and olive Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammites in size 4. The North Fork downstream from Edinburg is fishing well. The South Fork is too high for good fishing. Share this!

Trout Fly Fishing Report March 24, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The streams are becoming warmer and the Epeorus hatch is coming off well. You can get good fishing on these streams by coming into the heads of them off the National Forest Roads, Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. If you are not familiar with these just call me and I will help you. Most of these are covered in my book Virgina Blue Ribbon Streams. Good flies now are the Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14, Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 12 and Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 14. Delayed Harvest and Large Stocked Trout Streams: The state has recently stocked these streams and the recent rains have moved them throughout the streams. A good way to catch these fish is to cover as much water as possible with your flies. Streamers are ideal for this by staring below the riffles and fishing them across stream through the full length of the pools. Effective streamers are the Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10, Mr. Rapidan Streamer size 10 and Murray’s Betsy Streamer size 10. Big Stoney at Columbia Furnace and Passage Creek in Fort Valley are providing good fishing. Share this!

Bass Fly Fishing Report March 24, 2015

Bass: We are catching some nice bass in the eddies on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River by fishing Murray’s Madtom Sculpin very slowly in the deepest sections of these eddies. A Scientific Anglers Mastery Sink Tip III line will help you get good depth. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear, full and fishable. The South Fork is too high for good fishing. If you need help finding these areas on the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah Rivers just stop in my fly shop in Edinburg, Va. Share this!

Trout Fly Fishing Report March 17, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: We have a large population of Epeorus pleuralis mayflies in our mountain streams now and the trout are feeding well on the nymphs, the emergers, the duns and the spinners. The Epeorus is one of the mayflies I designed the Mr. Rapidan to match.  An effective tactic is to fish the Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 14 in the morning below the riffles, about noon switch over to the Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 12 in the middle of the pools. About 2 pm switch over to the Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14 and cover the whole pools with this until dark. Delayed Harvest and Stocked Streams: In order to catch the large trout in these streams now choose large nymphs that match the naturals in the streams. I like the Murray’s Skunk Road Kill Nymph size 8, Murray’s Olive Strymph size 10 and Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 8. Fish these slowly along the streambottom. Streams that are fishing well now include North Creek East of Buchanan, the lower Pedlar River and Passage Creek in Fort Valley. Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report March 17, 2015

Bass: Most smallmouth bass streams are too high for good fishing. But as they drop we will need to show them a fly that gives them a big mouthful to tempt them. The Murray’s Madtom Sculpin size 4 in both black and olive are very productive. Just stop in our fly shop and I will show you these good access spots. Share this!

Trout Fly Fishing Report March 10, 2015

Mountain Trout Streams: The upper reaches of the mountain trout streams are giving us some nice trout by fishing nymphs deeply. Most of these trout are holding close to the streambottom in the deep pools. I have designed the new Murray’s Trout Nymph leader with two built in indicators to help detect these strikes. Good flies now are the Casual Dress size 12, Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12 and Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 12. Delayed Harvest and Large Stocked Trout Streams: Swimming large nymphs deeply now will catch big trout in our largest trout streams. Big Cedar Creek, The Jackson and Big Stoney Creek are especially productive. Good flies now are the Murray’s Skunk Road Kill size 8, Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 8 and Murray’s Olive Strymph size 8. Cast across stream and slowly strip these back across stream by stripping them two inches every ten seconds. Back Creek and the Bullpasture are in excellent shape.   Share this!

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!