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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, May 26, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: You owe it to yourself to be on a smallmouth river at dusk this time of year when the Brown Drake Mayfly spinner fall is taking place. Recently on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River just downstream from Edinburg I had over a dozen bass rising to feed on the naturals within casting distance. The new Murray’s Brown Brown Dry Fly size 14 and Murray’s Purple Dun Dry Fly size 14 will catch these bass. Prior to the hatch, fishing the Murray’s Road Kill Olive Nymph size 8 will give you many bass along the sides of the riffles. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River downstream from Edinburg and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River upstream of Fosters Landing are great.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report May 19, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: Recently on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River the egg-laying caddisflies were so thick that my waders had a one eighth inch thick layer of eggs coating them below the water line when I left the stream. I returned to the stream and washed them to the stream. A dry and dropper combination twitched across the stream surface caught many large bass.  A Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis size 10 with a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 12 or a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 10 on a 2 foot does the job. Chapman’s Landing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and Foster’s Landing on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are great fishing spots.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report May 12, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: There are some great caddis hatches on many of the smallmouth rivers now and the fishing is great. Fish right below the riffles with a Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Dry Caddis size 10 on a 9 foot 2X Bright Butt leader and attach a 2 foot 2X mono dropper to this with a Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa size 12 or a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 10 to this as a dropper. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River from Edinburg downstream and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River from Luray downstream are both producing well.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report May 5, 2015

Smallmouth Bass: The rains have raised the river levels lightly so I am using a Scientific Anglers Sink Tip III fly line with a Murray’s Fluorocarbon 6 foot 2X Sinking Leader to fish my streamers deeply. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River to too high for good fishing. Productive areas on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River are from Mount Jackson down to Woodstock. The Magnum Hog Sucker, Magnum Bluegill and Magnum Darter all in size 4 are producing when fished deeply.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report April 14, 2015

Bass: Many creek chub minnows are very active in the 100 to 200 foot sections of the river below the riffles. I enter the river right below these riffles and fish chub patterns over this whole area by casting across stream and stripping them four inches every ten seconds. Great chub patterns are Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub size 4, Shenk’s White Streamer size 4 and Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 6. The section of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River from Mount Jackson to Woodstock is especially good.

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report April 7, 2015

Bass: Last week I discussed fishing the Murray’s Hellgrammite across stream which is very effective. If you find yourself below a heavy riffle with many pockets four feet deep the upstream dead drift tactic is excellent. This drifts your Hellgrammite right in front of the bass and they may not be able to refuse it. Stop in our fly shop and I will show you good areas. Good flies are the Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammite in black, olive, and brown. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is in excellent shape for wading or floating. The South Fork will fish best by floating.

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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.

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