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Recommended Flies: I'm using a Sink Tip III line to help me catch the large bass in the deep pools. Big bass want a big mouthful to eat at this time of the year so use a Magnum Creek Chub, Magnum Hog Sucker, or Magnum Darter all in size 4. If you catch a big bass in a hole be willing to devote 15 to 20 minutes to fishing it thoroughly because there are often several more large bass there. You will have your best fishing in the afternoon when the streams are warmer.      Stream Conditions:   The North Fork of...

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The native brook trout have started spawning so we usually do not fish these streams in October, November, and December. If you go, look for redds in the small gravel in protected areas of the pool such as eddy lines and near the tails of the pools. A great ploy when the trout are feeding on natural moths in the fall is to fish a Murray's Moth size 16 on a Classic 7 1/2ft 5X leader and then attach a 24 inch piece of 6X mono to this with a size 16 Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph. Fish this upstream...

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The two fly rig we discussed last week is still effective on the stocked trout streams. Fishing a Betsy Streamer size 8 followed by a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 14 on a 24 inch 4X dropper is very effective especially on a Sink Tip III Line. Other flies that have been working are the Mr. Rapidan Streamer size 10, Black Marauder size 10, and Pearl Marauder size 10.   Stream Conditions:   All of the local trout stocked trout streams such as Big Stoney Creek (Edinburg), Passage Creek (Fort Valley) and Mill Creek (Mount Jackson) are clear and fishable....

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Recommended Flies: There is a good chance of catching some large bass in the deep pools in the rivers using a Murray's Magnum Hog Sucker, Magnum Darter, and Magnum Creek Chub all in size 4. Swim these slowly along the stream bottom by stripping them 2 inches every 10 seconds. The strikes are often very gentle so set the hook firmly.      Stream Conditions:   The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. The water levels are better since the rain showers yesterday. Be sure to bring your chest high waders and some gloves for these cool mornings. Downstream from...

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The native brook trout have started spawning so we usually do not fish these streams in October, November, and December. If you go, look for redds in the small gravel in protected areas of the pool such as eddy lines and near the tails of the pools. At dusk watch for trout rising to the natural moths in the back eddies and in the slow currents along the stream banks. The Murray's Moth size 16 upstream dead drift in these areas or with a slow fluttering action. Even if you don't see rising trout fish these areas thoroughly with the Moth...

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