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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 Fishing Report July 25, 2014

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The ladies in our 2 day schools and half day lessons quickly learn to fish the chuggers, poppers and sliders along shaded banks

During the middle of the day take advantage of the great surface action by fishing your bugs along the heavily shaded banks.  At dusk I’ve done well in the open water throughout the pools.  The James, Clinch and North Fork of the Shenandoah Rivers are all fishing well.  Good bugs now are the Shenandoah Chartreuse Chuggar 4, Shenandoah Blue Popper 6 and Shenandoah Sunfish Slider 4.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report July 18, 2014

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The surface fishing is outstanding at dusk on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River

The surface fishing for smallmouth bass is very good and this should continue until fall.  Several evenings ago I got to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River downstream from Edinburg at 6:30 in the evening.  In the next two hours I caught dozens of smallmouth on the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6, Shenandoah Chartreuse Chugger size 4 and Shenandoah Sunfish Slider size 4.  The Clinch River above Nash’s Ford and the James above Buchanan are also excellent.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report July 10, 2014

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Where there is fast or deep water close to the grass beds a fast sinking shiner streamer such as the Murray’s Heavy Shiner is a good choice

The bass are feeding heavily on the natural shiner minnows that live in and around the aquatic grassbeds that line some of the river banks and encircle some of the mid-river ledges.  If the water adjacent to these grassbeds is over 3 feet deep I use a Murray’s Heavy Shiner Streamer 6, if it is less than that I use a Silver Outcast 4 or Shenandoah Silver Ghost Streamer 6.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report July 3, 2014

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You can catch many bass on Shiner Streamers such as the Silver Outcast around the aquatic grassbeds where they feed on the real silver minnow

Now that the aquatic grassbeds are forming we are catching many nice bass and streamers which match the shiner minnows which live in these grassbeds.  I like to cast my streamers tight against the grassbeds and strip them slowly out into the river.  If the water is 3 feet deep or less I use a Silver Outcast 4 or Shenandoah Simple Silver Ghost 6.  If the water is over 3 feet deep I use a Murray’s Heavy Shiner Streamer 6.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report June 26, 2014

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Because of the method of constructing the Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammite they are very effective fished down and across stream

The smallmouth bass are feeding heavily on natural hellgrammites and you can catch many large bass on the Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammites in Black, Olive and Brown in size 6.   The way I designed these enable us to fish them across stream and swim them naturally along the stream bottom just like a real hellgrammite.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report June 19, 2014

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I catch many large bass by fishing the Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammites upstream dead drift starting in the flat water right below the riffles

The natural hellgrammites are very active in the riffles now and the bass are feeding heavily upon them.  I often start right below the riffles and fish my Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammite size 6 upstream dead drift through all of the pockets over 3 feet deep.  I experiment back and forth with the Black, Olive and Brown colors because some days I find one color is more productive than the other.  Especially good areas are above the Nash Ford on the Clinch River and from Woodstock to Edinburg on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report June 12, 2014

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Many large bass hit the surface bugs quickly at this time of the year

Many anglers are getting good fishing with surface bugs on the Clinch River and upstream of Edinburg on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.  The South Fork is in excellent condition at this time.  The rivers are dropping quickly so wade carefully so you don’t spook the bass.  If you don’t know the good areas just stop in our fly shop and I’ll go over the maps with you.  Good bugs now are the Shenandoah Gray Scaled Chuggar 6, Shenandoah Blue Popper 6 and Shenandoah Damsel Popper 6.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report June 5, 2014

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The author relies strongly on the Shenandoah Blue Popper because it seldom lets him down

The smallmouth bass rivers are in good shape and we’re getting good surface action.  The North Fork of the Shenandoah from Toms Brook to Mt. Jackson is excellent.  The South Fork of the Shenandoah just downstream of Luray is great.  Good bugs are the Shenandoah Blue Popper 6, Shenandoah Damsel Popper 6 and Shenandoah Gray Scaled Chuggar 6 are especially good.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report May 30. 2014

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Since the author developed the Magnum Hog Sucker streamer it has been a real winner

The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is in excellent shape now and you can catch some good size bass by fishing streamers in the deep pools and the deep cuts below the riffles.  The North Fork is especially good from Toms Brook to Mt. Jackson.  Effective flies for the large bass now are the Murray’s Magnum Darter 4, Magnum Gray Ghost 4 and Magnum Hog Sucker 4.  The South Fork is too high for good fishing at this time.

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