Summer is a favorite time for people from all over the USA to come to the Shenandoah Valley, stay a few days, and take advantage of the smallmouth bass fishing. Plan to be on the water right at daylight and fish for a few hours or get on the water around 6p.m. and fish till dark. If you only a few hours in the middle of the day, then go for it, just plan to fish the shady banks, around downed trees or big rocks--anything that provides protection for the smallmouth. Wade carefully so that you are not spooking the bass. In our fly fishing schools we cover, where to stand and where to fish. I cannot stress this enough as you should not be standing where you should be fishing, so take a few minutes and study the water before entering.
This week the crayfish patterns are working the best. The Murray's Olive Crayfish size 6 and Clouser Crayfish Olive size 6 are working well on a Bright Butt 9ft 2X Leader. The Shenk's White Streamer size 6, Murray's Chartreuse Marauder size 6, and Blue Poppers are also working well
Both the North Fork and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are clear and fishable. We have received a few rain showers within the last week but nothing significant to affect the stream levels.
We have a few openings in our Half Day Fly Fishing Lessons on July 26 and August 9. See our website for other dates and to register. Rod & Reel outfits are provided for the lesson.