Many times on my way to work, I will drive across the North Fork of the Shenandoah River just to check the conditions. The water levels are perfect and each day I can see a change with the trees slowly getting leaves. The water temperature is still cool so the bass are holding in deeper pockets. By using bass nymphs across the stream bottom we can tempt the bass to feed. Here are the bass nymphs that I like to experiment with: Murray's Heavy Hellgrammite, Black, Bass Stonefly Nymph, Bass Caddis Nymph, Olive Dragonfly Nymph, and Damsel Olive Nymph. Want to learn more about bass nymphs--watch my VIDEO
Both the North Fork and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are clear and fishable. By floating, you can get access to some of the deepest water such as near the dams. Keep in mind there are 3 dams on the North Fork that are not legal or safe to go around, so plan ahead. If you decide to wade, then bring your chest high waders and try to go in the afternoon after the water temperature has had time to warm a little. If you need help on access, stop by the fly shop or see my book Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams.
Other ways to learn:
- Attend my classroom discussion on Fishing the Shenandoah River 101 on April 22 at 10a.m. at the fly shop in Edinburg.
- Sign up for a Fly Fishing School Summer 2023. These include classroom and on the stream instruction for a full day of learning. Rod & Reel Outfits are provided for the day.