Stream Report Update: The North Fork is currently muddy upstream of Edinburg. This will work its way through the area over the next day or two. The South Fork is a little stained but fishable as of this morning (9:35a.m.)
There are many natural hellgrammites (the larva of the dobsonfly) in the riffles and right below them. I seined several dozen natural hellgrammites growing up. I watched them closely as I dropped them in the river one by one. Each one swam to the stream bottom with a pronounced undulating action. With the help of Charley Brooks and Ron Kommer, I developed the Murray's Hellgrammite. It can be fished upstream or downstream or across stream with great success. My son, Jeff, and some of our customers have been getting some topwater action with the Shenandoah Blue Popper the last few days. Fish all of these flies on a 9ft 2X leader.
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