Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report- April 25, 2019

Bass Fishing Report -

Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report- April 25, 2019

During periods of high water the rivers cut back into the banks in what I call Bank Bays. These may extend ten to twenty feet back int he bank and reach downstream 20 to 30 feet. These bays range from 3 to 6 feet deep and they hold great numbers of minnows. (See recommended flies below)

Stream Conditions:  The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear but full. The area upstream of Edinburg through Mount Jackson will give you the best water levels. Access #18 & #19 on our  master map. Please wade carefully and remember to bring your waders.  The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is still too high for good fishing.

 Mount Jackson 4.09ft  
CFS 747

Strasburg 3.65ft.  
CFS 1220

Luray 4.76ft  
CFS 3080

 

Recommended Flies:  My most productive minnow-matching streamers in these conditions are the Murray's Tungsten Conehead Olive Marauder size 4, Murray's Tungsten Conehead Pearl Marauder size 4, and Murray's Tungsten Conehead Olive Marauder size 4. I would recommend using a sink tip III fly line with a 6ft 2X Fluorocarbon Sinking Leader.