We are finally seeing something that we have not seen in a couple of weeks---Rain Showers. The thunderstorms have gone through in some areas producing 1 to 2 inches of rain and in other areas only a few drops. Although every little bit helps the river levels are still lower than they usually are for this time of year. So wade carefully so that you are not spooking the fish. Early morning and late in the evening are the best times to fish. If you are out in the day on a bright sunny day, be sure to pound the shady banks. This past week we have been doing well with the Shenk's White Streamer size 6, Murray's Crayfish size 6, Shenandoah Blue Popper, size 6 and the Shenandoah Chartreuse Chugger, size 6. We are seeing the white eggs of the dobsonfly on tree leaves hanging over the river. In these areas fish a Murray's Heavy Hellgrammite Black size 6. Use a 2X Classic or Bright Butt Leader.
The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. The best areas are going to be from the Covered Bridge area in Mount Jackson all the way downstream to the Seven Bends State Park in Woodstock. There is still an advisory on the river conditions from Toms Brook to Warren County. For more information visit the Friends of the North Fork.
The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. I think you will do better by wading than floating since the water levels are still low. For all the access places see the book Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams or stop by the fly shop.