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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 August 29, 2014

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Large bass take the Singer Crawfish readily in water that holds natural crawfish

Many smallmouth bass are feeding heavily on natural crawfish and you can catch these fish by stripping a Singer Crawfish size 4 or 6 slowly along the cobblestones on the stream bottom.  I do best by fishing there at dusk, dawn and on heavily overcast days which is when the natural crawfish are active.  This is very effective on the New River at Pembrook and on the North Fork of the Shenandoah at Woodstock.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report August 22, 2014

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Jeff Murray catches many large bass on Deer Hair Bugs in the tails of the pools at this time of the year

I am doing very well with Deer Hair Bugs along the shaded river banks throughout the day and especially in the tails of the pools at dusk.  Wade carefully in the tails of the pools because the large bass often hold in water 2 feet deep here and they are very wary.  Good bugs now are the Tapply Black/Yellow 4, Tapply Green/White 4 and Shenandoah Hair Popper Black 4.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report August 15, 2014

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Fishing Deer Hair Bugs along the shaded banks now will bring up many large bass

We are having excellent surface fishing for smallmouth bass now with Deer Hair Bass Bugs.  The most productive ones are the Tapply Bug Black/Yellow size 4, Tapply Bug Green/White size 4 and Shenandoah Deer Hair Popper Black 6.  The streamline design of these make them easier to cast further then regular poppers.  Fish these along the shaded banks and in the tails of the pools.

The Clinch River above Nash’s Ford and the North Fork of the Shenandoah River from Edinburg to Toms Brook are fishing very well now.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report August 8, 2014

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Jeff fights a big bass that took his Murray’s Bass Cricket along the far bank

As we drifted along the river bank a nice smallmouth came up and sucked in Jeff’s Murray’s Bass Hopper.  This was the first year we had this fly and the first 4# to take it.  This was so successful that we expanded this series to include the Murray’s Cricket and Murray’s Bass Cicada.  These are very effective on the New River, Clinch River and South Fork of the Shenandoah River.  A gentle kicking action along the banks is usually my best fly action.

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report August 1, 2014

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Jeff Murray catches many large bass on the Murray’s Bass Hopper along the banks

The natural grasshoppers, crickets and cicadas are large enough to attract the large bass.  I do well fishing the Murray’s Bass Hopper 8 along the pasture fields and hay fields. The Murray’s Bass Cricket 8 is excellent along the wooded banks.  The Murray’s Bass Cicada 8 is good beside downfalls and in back eddies.  The South Fork of the Shenandoah from Luray to Seekfords is fishing well.  The North Fork of the Shenandoah from Edinburg to Toms Brook is great.

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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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