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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 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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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.

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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.

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