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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.

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.

High and Muddy Shenandoah River

Rain in the southern Shenandoah Valley Saturday night has left the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River are high and muddy. We’re hopeful they will be fishable by Wednesday.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Report May 31, 2016

Smallmouth Bass Streams: The river crossing ledges are still producing well but some areas are carrying a little higher water than normal and I am doing my best by fishing my Magnum Streamers on a Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink Tip III Fly Line with a Murray’s Sinking 6 foot 2X Fluorocarbon Leader. Cast these tight against the downstream side of these ledges and after they sink deeply, strip them six inches every ten seconds to swim them along the streambottom. Good flies are the Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub Streamer, Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker Stream and Murray’s Magnum Darter Streamer all in size 4.  The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is excellent at access spots #4 (Near Dr. Truban’s Vet Clinic) and #5 (Chapman’s Landing). The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is too high for good fishing.