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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 November 26, 2014

I just talked to a good angling friend who said that he and his son caught some large bass in the deep section of the river downstream from Edinburg.  By using a Teeny 200 Sinking Head Line with a Murray’s 6 ft 2X Fluorocarbon Leader to swim a Murray’s Black Madtom/Sculpin 4 along the stream bottom you just might catch your largest bass of the year.  Stop in our fly shop and will be glad to show you the best areas to fish. Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report November 20, 2014

Even though the rivers are cold I still get the urge to try the bass on warm afternoons.  My son Jeff and I get his Hyde Drift Boat and drift from one deep pool to the next and even though we don’t catch many bass we sometimes catch a few large ones.  We anchor at the upstream end of the edge of the deep pools and systematically fish the entire pool using a Teeny 200 Sinking Head Line with Murray’s 6ft. 2X Fluorocarbon Leader using a Murray’s Black Madtom/Sculpin size 4.  Drifting from one deep pool to the next can give us some nice bass. Please stop in and I’ll be glad to help you locate these deep pools on both the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River. For more information on late season smallmouth tactics listen to Harry’s Bass Podcast Part XV Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report November 14, 2014

As the rivers cool I often use a Scientific Anglers Mastery Sink Tip III Line to fish my Murray’s Strymph deeply where the large bass are holding.  There are some sections of both the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River in the deep cuts between the river-crossing ledges where I regularly catch large bass at this time of the year by swimming strymphs deeply.  I find all three colors…Black, Cream and Olive in size 4 effective at various times. Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report November 6, 2014

Many of the deep cuts between the river-crossing ledges on the Clinch River and North and South Forks of the Shenandoah Rivers are ideal feeding areas to large bass.  These are some of the areas I designed the strymph to fish.  By using a slow hand twist action to crawl these deeply I catch many of these bass.  I experiment with all three—the Black , Cream and Olive Strymph  all in size 4 because on some days the bass prefer one over the other. The improved clinch knot is a great knot for catching large fish when it is tied properly the way I show in this video.     Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 31, 2014

The cool nights have caused the water temperatures to drop in the rivers and the large bass have moved into the deep pools to feed.  If you can stop in our Fly Shop I’ll be glad to show you where many of these are located in both the North and South Forks  of the Shenandoah River.  I rely strongly on our Murray’s Black Madtom 4 and Murray’s Olive Madtom 4 to help me catch these deep feeding bass. For additional information on bass fishing at this time of the year listen to my Smallmouth Bass Podcast Part XV   Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 24, 2014

Many large bass are feeding in the deep pools so I’m now using a Teeny 200 Sinking Head Line to fish my heaviest streamers along the stream bottom.  The Murray’s Olive Madtom Sculpin 4 and Black Madtom Sculpin 4 are ties with heavy barbell eyes and extra lead free wire wrapped into the flies body so these are my choices in these stream conditions.  Swim these along the stream bottom by stripping them 4 inches every 10 seconds.  Please stop in our fly shop and I’ll be glad to show you the best water to fish. Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 17, 2014

If you could enjoy catching large bass this is a good time to hit the rivers.  The New, James and North Fork of the Shenandoah river are all providing good fishing with large streamers.  The Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker, Magnum Creek Chub and Magnum Bluegill all in size 4 are very effective.  In deep and fast runs a Scientific Anglers Sink Tip III with a 5 or 6 foot leader can help swim these streamers close to the stream bottom where the large bass feed.   Share this!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report October 9, 2014

Apparently prompted by the cooling rivers many large bass are feeding heavily on large minnows now.  Streams such as the James River below Arcadia, The New River right beside Radford and the North Fork of the Shenandoah River below Edinburg hold great populations of these minnows and thus provide good fishing,  I do well with the Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub 4 in the deep pools, the Magnum Blue Gill 4 along the knee deep to hip deep shaded river banks and the Magnum Hog Sucker 4 where the gravel bars drop off to the deep runs. We are catching large bass now so keep your hooks sharp like I show you in this video so you can hook them easily. Share this!