Fishing Report

Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 20, 2021

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 20, 2021

If you have not tried a 3-nymph tandem rig in our larger stocked trout streams, you may be pleased how successful it is for large trout. Try a rig with the Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 12, Murray's Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, and Murray's Caddis Larva size 14. Fish these across stream then swing them into the fast water downstream with a slow twitching action.   If you prefer to use streamers--the Murray's Marauder (Olive or Pearl) in size 10 or 12 is a good choice.  Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg was just stocked yesterday. For the latest...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 20, 2021

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 20, 2021

The water temperature is cooling with the cooler nights so the bass are not feeding as well as they did in the summer. We are still catching a few on the Murray's Marauders (Olive or Black color) in size 6 & 8.  I have started using a 6ft Murray's Fluorocarbon 2X Sinking Leader.  The leaves are starting to change along the streams so most people decide to float in a kayak and do some fishing while taking in the sights.  Both the North Fork and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are clear and fishable.  The South Fork has...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 14, 2021

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 14, 2021

The stocked trout in our large streams have become familiar with the large population of nymphs in our riffles and are feeding heavily on them. In order to catch these trout I like to show them nymphs which match mayflies, stoneflies, and caddis. Three of my most productive flies are the Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 12, Murray's Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12 and Murray's Caddis Larva size 14.  Fish these on a Classic 7.5ft 4X leader. Each day the Virginia DWR is stocking streams throughout Virginia.  For information on which streams have been stocked...check out their website.  If...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report- October 14, 2021

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report- October 14, 2021

The Murray's Magnum Streamers are exceptional for bass fishing at this time of the year.  The streams are starting to cool at night so the bass are going deeper.  The Magnum Creek Chub, Magnum Hog Sucker, and Magnum Darter all in size 4 will cover your needs.  These represent the natural foods the smallmouth are feeding on. Fish these on a 2X Leader.  I have had some customers going to a sinking Fluorocarbon leader.  Fan your casts over the whole stream and strip it 6 inches every 5 seconds.  The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River are clear...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 7, 2021

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 7, 2021

Several years ago in October a very large smallmouth chased a hog sucker up on a 2-inch deep gravel bar 30 feet from where I was fishing. The bass grabbed him quickly as he flopped back into the river. I put on a Murray's Magnum Hog Sucker and covered the water thoroughly and had great success. This time of year you want to fish as deeply and as slowly as you possibly can.  The Murray's Magnum Darter and Tungsten Cone Head Marauder (Olive) size 4 are also good streamers to have in your fly box.  The North Fork of the...

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