Many large bass are attracted to the deep water at this time of the year. In order to catch these fish I have a good friend who floats the river, going from one deep hole to the next and skips the shallow water. He is very effective with this tactic.
Three of the most productive flies to use in this type water are the Magnum Hog Sucker size 4, Magnum Darter size 4, and Magnum Creek Chub size 4. Fish them as slowly and as deeply as you can.
The water temperature has been in the 60's this week so bring your chest high waders.
The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. The rains this week improved the water levels. The North Fork is typically better for wade fishing as there are several dams that you cannot float around.
The South Fork of the Shenandoah River came up some in the last few days from the heavy rain we received Tuesday night so it is a little too full for wade fishing. I would recommend floating this Fork of the river for the next few days until the levels have had time to drop some.
|North Fork at Mount Jackson||2.78||138|
|North Fork at Strasburg||1.96||180|
|South Fork at Luray||3.50||1240|