Mountain Trout Streams: The brook trout are spawning now and most anglers believe it is best not to stress them by fishing for them even though we return them to the stream. Delayed Harvest and Large Stocked Trout Streams: By this time of the year the stocked trout often spread great distances throughout the streams from where they were stocked. They feed freely on minnows and take streamers well and they feed heavily on natural nymphs and will take artificial nymphs well. To meet this need I developed the Murray’s Stry-mph (Strymph) which looks like both a streamer and a nymph and can be fished very effectively to mimic both minnows and nymphs. These strymphs give you the option of fishing one fly in all types of trout streams and catching many large trout. For example, the Olive Strymph gave me one of the largest rainbow I have ever caught in Montana. In my DVD, Fly Fishing for Trout, I show one how to fish the Strymphs.
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: Last week I discussed how I do well on the bass by using our heaviest streamers, especially Murray’s Olive Madtom Sculpin Streamer size 4 and Murray’s Black Madtom Sculpin Streamer size 4. If I am getting good depth and catching bass, by using a Floating Line with these flies, I stay with it. However, if I am not catching fish, I go to a Scientific Anglers Sink Tip III Line or a Teeny 200 Fly Line and use Murray’s 6 foot 2X Sinking Fluorocarbon Leaders to swim these slowly along the streambottom.
Smallmouth Bass: The large bass are holding in the deepest water now so I use our deepest sinking streamers to get down to them. These streamers are the Murray’s Black Madtom Sculpin Streamer size 4 and Murray’s Olive Madtom Sculpin Streamer size 4. There are many pools on both the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River which hold these bass. Stop in our Fly Shop so I can show you where to find these.
Smallmouth Bass: Many of the large bass are feeding heavily on minnows now to beef up for the winter. To catch these fish show them flies which match the natural minnows. The Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub Streamer size 4, Murray’s Magnum Darter Streamer size 4 and Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer size 4 are very dependable for these big bass. Seek out the deepest water to find these fish on streamers such as the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, the New River and the James River to catch these bass.
Smallmouth Bass: The deep back eddies on the slow sides of the rivers below the riffles attract many large bass now. I like to fish these with a Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer, Murray’s Magnum Darter Streamer and Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub Streamer by swimming them three inches every ten seconds. The strikes are delicate, so set the hook firmly and quickly with the line hand as well as the rod. The James River and North Fork of the Shenandoah River have much of this water.
Smallmouth Bass: Last week I discussed catching bass between the ledges from the deep cuts with Strymphs. This is an exceptionally effective method so when these cuts become too deep to wade I move over to the side of the pool and continue fishing the Strymphs straight upstream and up and across stream out to a thirty degree angle. Swim the Strymphs along the streambottom until they are within twenty feet of you then lift them slowly to the surface. All three color Strymphs- the black, cream and olive are very effective. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is full but fishable. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is not fishable at this time.