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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 September 27, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: There is very good smallmouth bass fishing at access point #3 (Burnshire Bridge) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and access point #14 (Bealer’s Ferry) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Good flies are the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6 and Shenandoah Chartreuse Chugger size 6. During the middle of the day I am getting great action along the shaded banks. At dawn and dusk the tails of the pools are producing many smallmouth bass.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report September 20, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: I am getting outstanding smallmouth bass fishing at dusk by fishing the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6 and Shenandoah Chartreuse Chugger size 6 along the banks, grassbeds and river crossing ledges. Be sure to wade slowly so you do not scare the bass. If I am floating the river, I beach the canoe and do my serious fishing by wading. Access points #1 (Route 661 off Route 11) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and Access Point #13 (Foster’s Landing) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are both fishing well.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report September 13, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: I am finding nice bass feeding on natural Hexagenia mayflies in the shallows below the tails of the islands. They are wary in this three foot deep water so I am doing best by wading slowly upstream and making long casts. Fish the Mr. Rapidan Bass Skater Dry size 8 with a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 8 on a three foot 2X dropper is very effective. The stretch from Mount Jackson to Toms Brooks on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is producing well.

Smallmouth Bass Report September 6, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: We are getting good hatches of Hexagenia mayflies on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and fishing the Mr. Rapidan Skater Dry Fly size 8 with a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 8 on a three foot 2X dropper below it will catch many large bass. A slow twitching action with a down and across stream presentation is effective.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report August 30, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: The cooling stream temperatures seem to be prompting many of the large bass to feed on the surface. The James and the North Fork of the Shenandoah River are both blessed with many large smallmouths this year. We are catching many of these fish on deer hair surface bugs fished along the shaded banks where the water is three to six feet deep over cobblestone streambottoms. My favorite deer hair surface bugs for these conditions are the Shenandoah Yellow Deer Hair Popper size 6, Tapply Bug Black Yellow size 6 and Murray’s Deer Hair Blue Dragon size 4. I fish all of these on our Murray’s Bass Bug 9 foot 2X Leader.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report August 23, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: Many of the large bass become wary as our rivers drop at this time of the year. In order to give myself a slight edge I now wade slowly upstream and fish deer hair surface bugs with long casts. My most productive deer hair bass bugs are the Shenandoah Yellow Deer Hair Popper size 6, Tapply Bug Black Yellow size 6 and Murray’s Deer Hair Blue Dragon size 4. I catch many large bass along the shaded banks and beside the grassbeds with these.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report August 16, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: We are presently catching many smallmouth bass on the Murray’s Crayfish size 6, Singer’s Crayfish size 6 and Whitlock Near Nuff Orange Crayfish size 8 on the North Fork of the Shenandoah at the upper stretch of Route 661 off Route 11 (Access Point #1). The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is fishing good at Seakford Landing (Access Point #11). A Sinking Tip III Fly Line has helped me to get my Crayfish to the streambottom in these fast runs.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report August 8, 2016

I have never been aware of the great growth of the smallmouth bass I saw last fall on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. I firmly believe this was the direct result of the huge number of crayfish in the river on which they feed. At dawn, dusk and on heavily overcast days the natural crayfish come out of under the boulders and the smallmouth bass feed heavily upon them. The Murray’s Crayfish size 6, Singer’s Crayfish size 6 and Near Nuff Orange Crayfish size 8 fished deeply around the boulders with a slow stripping action will give you great action below Burnshire Bridge (Access Spot #3) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is fishing good downstream from Bealers Ferry (Access Spot #14).