Fishing Report

Updated Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - May 26, 2020

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Updated Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - May 26, 2020

  9 a.m. Saturday May 26, 2020 Updated Stream Report--  The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is full but fishable.  It is clearing nicely from the recent rains. Use caution while wading.  We have been doing well on the Murray's Marauder Olive or Pearl size 6, Magnum Hog Sucker size 4 and Olive Madtom size 6.    The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is still too high for good fishing.       CFS on 5/23 CFS on 5/26 Ft. on 5/23 Ft. on 5/26 North Fork at Mount Jackson 4.71 3.89 1140 632 North Fork at Strasburg 2.62...

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - May 21, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - May 21, 2020

The largest trout in each pool gets on the "primary" feeding station in each pool to take advantage of the great numbers of sulphur mayflies which are hatching now. This is either the lip of the pool or the corner of the pool. Fishing a Shenk's Sulphur Dry size 18 or a Murray's Sulphur Dry size 18 at this time of the year is very effective. 8:30pm on May 21, 2020  Update on the Shenandoah National Park--Shenandoah National Park will begin its phased reopening at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 23. During this phase Old Rag, Whiteoak and their associated trails,...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - May 21, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - May 21, 2020

The deep pools in our large streams hold trout that you can catch on a Murray's Madtom/Sculpin, Black size 8.  Use a Sink Tip III line and swim these slowly across the stream bottom by stripping them 6 inches every 6 seconds. The local stocked trout streams are in beautiful shape as far as water levels and clarity.  Water temperatures are still cool, so bring your hippers or waders.

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - May 14, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - May 14, 2020

The natural hellgrammites are becoming active even though it is early for them to hatch. In this stage I can usually catch smallmouth by fishing a Murray's Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4 upstream dead drift right below the riffles.  Since the water temperature is still cool the bass will not be feeding as actively as they do during the summer.  Bring your chest high waders and enjoy the natural beauty of the river while exploring the different public areas.   CFS Ft Luray (South Fork) 3.40 1090 Mt. Jackson (North Fork) 3.20 293 Strasburg (North Fork) 2.63 516

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - May 14, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - May 14, 2020

The Sulphur mayfly hatch is on and the trout are feeding well on the dun from noon until dusk and the spinners the last two hours of daylight. Shenk's Sulphur Dry size 16 & 18 and Murray's Sulphur Dry size 16 & 18 are both excellent on this hatch. Just be sure to stay on the stream until dark to take advantage of all of the feeding trout. The Shenandoah National Park is still closed but there are several other native brook trout streams that are still open for fishing including streams in the National Forest.  Take your time to...

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