The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River are clear and fishable. If you plan on wading then either the North Fork or the South Fork would be suitable. If you are floating then I would recommend the South Fork. Since the water is so clear, be careful on your wading. In our personal fishing and guide trips the Murray's Magnum Hog Sucker #4, Shenk's White Streamer #6, Chartreuse and Olive Marauder #6 are working well underwater. For topwater the Shenandoah Blue Popper and Shenandoah Chartreuse Chugger size 6 are working. Fish all of these with a Bright Butt 9ft 2X Leader. The bass do not like the bright sunlight so fish the shady banks and along downed trees where they have protection from predators.
I am still using chest high waders but the water is warming so in the next two weeks I will start wading wet. I have a few customers that waded wet this week but only lasted an hour or two.
If you need help on access, stop by the fly shop or see my book Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams.
LEARN TO FLY FISH
- Half Day Fly Fishing Lessons from 9a.m. to 1p.m. This is a basic fly fishing lesson on the Shenandoah River. Fly Rod & Reel outfits are provided. Upcoming dates with openings: July 8, 12, 22, 26 See the full schedule >>>
- Full Day Fly Fishing School from 9a.m. to 5p.m. with classroom and "on the stream" instruction on the Shenandoah River. Fly Rod & Reel outfits are provided. Upcoming dates with openings: August 5, 19, and NEW DATE August 25.