Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 27, 2020

Posted by Harry Murray on

The two fly rig I mentioned last week is outstanding on float trips especially if you have a beginner. They can often see the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 twitch when a bass takes the Casual Dress Nymph size 10 and you hook the bass. Without the popper they often do  not see the strike on the nymph.  

Other productive flies this week include:  Olive Marauder size 8, Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6, Black Marauder size 8 all fished on a Bright Butt 9ft 2X Leader.

Please note that the picture above was taken a few weeks ago on the South Fork before the muddy water conditions.

Stream Conditions:  The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is still too muddy for good fishing.  The levels are starting to come down so we are taking it day by day as to when the river will be fishable again.

The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. You will get your best fishing by wading most of the access spots.  If you prefer to kayak or canoe there is a public boat landing 2 miles north of Edinburg that you can put in.  There is a dam a few miles downstream so you will have to paddle back and take out at the same access.  The Seven Bends State Park is open and set up for kayak and canoe trips from the Hollingsworth access (put-in) to the Lupton access (take-out). If you need help finding these access places for either wading or floating,  stop by the fly shop and we will go over the maps with you.

  Ft. CFS
North Fork at Mount Jackson 2.64 101
North Fork at Strasburg 2.03 210
South Fork at Luray 3.87 1540

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