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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report North Fork of the Shenandoah River and South Fork of the Shenandoah River in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report December 6, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report- Murray’s Fly Shop.   Many large bass are feeding now on natural hellgrammites along the streambottom in the deepest sections of our smallmouth bass rivers. To cover these areas effectively I like to use the Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink 30 Warm Sinking Head Fly Line in 200 grain. Swimming the Murray’s Heavy Black Hellgrammite, Murray’s Heavy Olive Hellgrammite or Murray’s Brown Heavy Hellgrammite with a six inch stripping action every twenty seconds is very effective.  The deep water downstream from access point #5 (Chapman’s Landing) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is fishing well. Also downstream from access point #13 (Foster’s Landing) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are fishing well. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop PO Box 156 121 South Main Street Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Email: info@murraysflyshop.com Website: www.murraysflyshop.com

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report November 29, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report. Even in the cold smallmouth bass rivers the smallmouth bass still need to feed some. Take advantage of this by showing the smallmouth bass flies which match a natural food they have all year long in great abundance. I am talking about the natural hellgrammites which is the larva of the dobsonfly. The Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammite in either Black, Olive or Brown in size 6 will catch many of these smallmouth bass in the deep water. The deep water below access point #5 (Chapman’s Landing) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and below access point #10 (Burners Bottom) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are both excellent in the winter. Harry Murray Murray’s Fly Shop 121 South Main Street PO Box 156 Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone Number: 540-984-4212 Email: info@murraysflyshop.com Website: www.murraysflyshop.com

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report November 22, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report(North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River)- The Crayfish flies are producing well when fished slowly and deeply over cobblestone streambottoms in the deepest water you can find. If the current is fast or the water is over five feet deep the Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink 30Warm Tip Fly Line 200 grain which sinks from four to eight ips will help you get your flies down deeply.  Access point #3 (Burnshire Bridge) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is good. Access point #13 (Foster’s Landing) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River is good. Good Crayfish patterns that are working well now are the Standard Crayfish size 6, Near Nuff Brown Crayfish size 8 and Murray’s Crayfish size 6.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report November 15, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: Recently, following several warm days two friends had excellent smallmouth bass fishing using the Murray’s Crayfish size 6 on a Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink Tip III Sinking Fly Line with our Murray’s Fluorocarbon 6 foot 2X Sinking Leader. Other good crayfish flies are the Standard Crayfish size 6 and Near Nuff Brown Crayfish size 8. They did not catch any real large bass but they caught a good number of bass. On the North Fork of the Shenandoah River access point #1 (Route 661 off Route 11) is fishing good. On the South Fork of the Shenandoah River access point #13 (Foster’s Landing) is fishing good.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report November 8, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: The cold water temperatures give us one great advantage in our smallmouth bass fishing in November, we know the largest bass have moved to the deep pools and cuts. On the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, this is the deep water downstream from access point #5 (Chapman’s Landing). On the South Fork of the Shenandoah River there are many deep cuts below the ledges between access point #13 (Foster’s Landing) and access pint #14 (Bealer’s Ferry). The Murray’s Magnum Dater Streamer size 4, Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub Streamer size 4 and Murray’s Hog Sucker Streamer size 4 are ideal for this. I really do well here with the Scientific Anglers Fast Sinking Head Sonar 30 Warm Fly Line in which the thirty foot head sinks at four to eight inches per second.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report November 1, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: As the smallmouth bass rivers become cooler, the smallmouth bass head for the deeper water. We are not catching as many smallmouth bass as we did several months ago but those which we are catching are large in size. Some of this deep water on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is downstream of access point #5 (Chapman’s Landing). On the South Fork of the Shenandoah River I do well in the deep cuts between the river-crossing ledges upstream of access point #13 (Foster’s Landing). I developed the Magnum Series to catch large bass and three of these which I rely on now are the Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer size 4, Murray’s Magnum Darter Streamer size 4 and Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub Streamer size 4.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report October 25, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: We are catching some large bass on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at access point #3 (Burnshire Bridge) and on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in the deep water below access point #14 (Bealer’s Ferry) with Murray’s Black Madtom Sculpin Streamer size 4 and Murray’s Olive Madtom Sculpin Streamer size 4. Some of these runs are very fast so I use a Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink Tip III Fly Line with a Murray’s Fluorocarbon 6 foot 2X Sinking Leader in order to swim these Madtoms deeply along the streambottom.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report October 18, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: In the “Biggest Bass Fishing Contests” in the 1950s in Edinburg, Virginia, Mr. Earl Hollar usually won them by fishing with live madtoms. Today Murray’s Madtom Sculpin Streamer both black and olive in size 4 is an outstanding fly for catching large bass in the fall. In the deep water below access point #5 (Chapman’s Landing) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and upstream from access point #11 (Seakford) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River you might just catch your largest bass of the year by using the Murray’s Madtom Sculpin Streamers.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report October 10, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: I am very impressed with the number of large smallmouth bass we are catching on the Murray’s Crayfish size 6. Several days ago after the heavy rain the river became slightly discolored. This brought the natural crayfish out and the smallmouth bass feed very heavily upon them. Be observant and take advantage of this whenever you can. At access point #4 (Near Dr. Truban’s Vet Clinic) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and access point #11 (Seakford) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River I am doing very well with the “riffle hitch” using the Murray’s Gold Bass Skater Streamer size 6 and Murray’s Shad Bass Skater Streamer size 6. Use your imagination with this retrieve to make the streamer lunge across the current like a real dying minnow trying to swim away.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report October 4, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: The fishing for large smallmouth bass is good at the upper end of access point #1 (Route 661 off Route 11) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and at access point #13 (Foster’s Landing) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Fish the Murray’s Crayfish size 6 along the cobblestones and close to the river banks at dusk in water three to four feet deep using a slow two inch darting action. I have been doing well below the riffles by using the Riffle Hitch with the Murray’s Bass Shad Skater Streamer size 6 and Murray’s Bass Gold Skater Streamer size 6 by making them dart about like a wounded minnow.