Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - September 10, 2020

Posted by Harry Murray on

Many of the bass are feeding heavily on minnows in the shallow tails of the pools at dawn and dusk. I find this very challenging and exciting because I fish the Shenandoah Blue Popper and Shenandoah Chartreuse Chugger in this shallow water where I often see the wake of the bass coming from ten feet away to take my bugs. Fish these on a 2X leader.

My guides have been doing well along the cobblestone bottoms with a Murray's Crayfish size 6 or Clouser Crayfish, Olive size 6 this week. 

Stream Conditions:

The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. Typically this fork of the river is for wading as there are only a few sections you can float because of the dams that are not safe or legal to go around. If you need help with access for either wading or floating, stop by the fly shop or call us.

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is full but fishable.  The water is slightly stained in some areas from the rains but sometimes this can provide some excellent fishing. We have been conducting guided float trips on the South Fork this week and there has been many kayaks spotted floating the river.  If you are planning on wading the South Fork, just be careful on your wading as it is still carrying a little extra water volume. 

My book Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams covers all of the game commission access sites for the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

  Ft. CFS
North Fork at Mount Jackson 2.80 143
North Fork at Strasburg 2.13 255
South Fork at Luray 3.32 1110

 


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