For the past several years I've been experimenting with two-fly rigs for smallmouth bass and my success has surprised me. One of the most productive is the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 with a Casual Dress Nymph size 10 on a 36 inch 2X dropper below it. This is very effective just downstream of shallow riffles fished across stream with a slow stripping action.
Other productive flies this week include: Murray's Olive Marauder size 8, Murray's Crayfish size 6, and Clouser Crayfish, Olive size 6.
The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. Wade carefully and fish the shady banks using a Bright Butt 9ft 2X Leaders. Fish your flies as deep as you can and as slow as you can.
The South Fork is currently to high and muddy for fishing. We will post updates as the conditions change.
|North Fork at Mount Jackson||2.78||144|
|North Fork at Strasburg||2.05||219|
|South Fork at Luray||5.90||3510|