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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 July 26, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: Some of the most exciting fishing for smallmouth bass is found at this time of the year by fishing the tails of the pools the last two hours of the day with Murray’s Floating Chub Minnow in size 4 and 6 and Murray’s Floating Dace Minnow in size 6. This is outstanding on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at access spot #19 (Covered Bridge) and on the South Fork of the  Shenandoah River at access spot #13 (Foster’s Landing). Be sure to fish the one to two feet deep water just above the lip of the riffle because many large bass feed here in the low light.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report July 19, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: Put your canoe or kayak in at Chapman’s Landing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and drift slowly downstream fishing a Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 on a Murray’s Bright Butt 9 foot 2X Leader with a Murray’s Pearl Marauder size 10 or a Murray’s Black Marauder size 10 on a twenty four 2X dropper below it. Cast this tight to the left bank going downstream to about a mile below the over head bridge. Here turn upstream and fish the East bank carefully on your way back up to Chapman’s Landing. This same tactic is very effective on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River by putting in at access spot #14 (Bealer’s Ferry).

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report July 5, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: As the aquatic grassbeds form throughout our smallmouth rivers many shiner minnows make their homes in them and the bass feed heavily upon them, especially where the grassbeds meet the main currents in the rivers. I like to wade or float down the rivers parallel to the grassbeds and cast my streamers close to them and strip them slowly out twenty feet into the main current, then I pick the fly up and cast it down the grassbed at ten foot intervals as I move downstream. My favorite  shiner imitations are the Murray’s Dying Shiner Minnow size 6, Murray’s Heavy Shiner Streamer size 6 and Silver Outcast Streamer size 4. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is fishing well at access points #4 (Near Dr. Truban’s Vet Clinic) and #5 (Chapman’s Landing). The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is too high and discolored.

Shenandoah River Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report June 29, 2016

!!!! The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is full but fishable upstream from Toms Brook, VA.  Currently the North Fork has 20 inches of visibility and a full level (770cfs at Strasburg and 440cfs at Mt. Jackson). Sink Tip Fly Lines (6′ 2x leader) with large streamers such as the Magnum Chub #4, Magnum Chartreuse #4, Magnum Dace #4 if you’re looking for big bass. Floating Fly Lines and Popping Bugs like a #4 Chartreuse Chugger or #4 Blue Shenandoah Popper along the ledges, banks and grass beds if you feel like top water and summertime are supposed to go together (9′ 2x Bright Butt Leader). Nymphing the cuts between ledges and along gravel bars is a great option of you don’t feel like casting a Sink Tip Fly Line.  Go with #4 Black or Olive Hellgrammites or a #6 Murray’s Crayfish Stock up with our 54th Anniversary Crayfish Assortment and save $20. Use caution wading, the river is full.  The water temperatures are in the mid 70’s. The South Fork of the Shenandoah is high, muddy and not good for fishing.  Hopefully the South Fork will drop back and be fishable by next Wednesday. Give us a call if you have any questions or need help making sense of all of this.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report June 24, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report for the North Fork and South Fork of the Shenandoah River Both Forks are high, muddy and un-fishable and will be for the next 2-3 days The North Fork of the Shenandoah upstream from Mt. Jackson, VA will most likely be the first water to clear as the high water runs out of the Shenandoah Valley and will hopefully be fishable by Sunday afternoon.  Keep an eye on the Mt. Jackson Streamflow Gauge – 500 cfs is a good but full wade-able level.

North and South Fork Shenandoah River – High and Muddy

As of 12:00pm today (6/23/16) The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is too high and muddy for good fishing. (USGS Streamflow Gauge – Luray, VA) As of 12:00pm today (6/23/16) The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is too high and muddy for good fishing upstream from Edinburg (USGS Streamflow Gauge – Mt. Jackson, VA) .

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report June 21, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: The large bass are feeding heavily on shiner minnows along the deep cuts beside the shallow gravel bars where these minnows live. On the North Fork of the Shenandoah River access points 2 (Pugh’s Run) and 3 (Burnshire Bridge) have an abundance of these shiner minnows. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River at access points 10 (Burner’s Bottom) and 11(Seakford) are also excellent. This is where I get many of the students in my schools into their easiest bass, by wading down the gravel bars and casting forty feet out across the drop off  and then swim the shiner back across the edge. Great flies are the Murray’s Heavy Shiner size 6, Murray’s Dying Shiner Minnow  size 6 and Silver Outcast Streamer size 4.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report June 13, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: If you would like some great surface fishing for smallmouth bass go to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and put in at access point #18 (Meems Bottom) and fish down to access point #19 (Covered Bridge). Fish your Shenandoah Slider, Shenandoah Chugger and Shenandoah Blue Popper tight against the shaded banks. Wade slowly because the large bass are very wary.