Happy Fall! If you have been on the river lately you will notice the leaves are starting to fall off the trees and in some areas it is hard to cast around them. You have often heard me say that the bright sunlight is a killer on the river. Last week was proof. On Saturday, when it was cloudy all day we had the best fishing than we had all week. Fish the 3-5 foot water under tree coverage, behind deep ledges, or around downed trees. This provides the bass protection while waiting for that tasty meal to swim by. Underwater nymphs to swim right along the stream bottom include the Murray's Roadkill Nymph in black or olive, Bass Caddis Nymph and Bass Stonefly Nymph. If you are fishing for big bass, then use Murray's Magnum Hog Sucker, Magnum Darter or a Magnum Chartreuse Streamer in size 4. Not much action going on the top water but I have had several customers using a 2-fly rig--a Shenandoah Blue Popper on top (to act as an indicator) with a Bass Caddis Nymph as a dropper (18-24 inches) below it. You can use any nymph you want to in this situation. Bring your chest high waders!
The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. Concentrate on the Edinburg and Woodstock area. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. There are many access places to explore on the South Fork from Alma to Fosters Landing. If you need help on access, stop by the fly shop or call us. BTW if you are interested in Musky they are in the North Fork and the South Fork in certain areas. Check out our musky flies!