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Update- August 2nd, 2018: The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is high and muddy. The South Fork is discolored and slowly rising. More heavy rains are expected overnight. We will update the report as the conditions change.   Original Post - July 30th, 2018: The surface bug fishing is now excellent for smallmouth. Many of the students in our smallmouth bass schools are catching large bass on the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 along the grassbeds. A loud fast stripping retrieve with the Murray's Bass Popper in Chartreuse size 6 right where the riffles empty into the pools is...

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Some very exciting smallmouth bass fishing I get this time of the year comes from those sections of the river where there are small feeder streams entering the main rivers. One feeder on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River close to Edinburg is ten feet wide. One several miles upstream is thirty feet wide. However, they all contribute many minnows to the main rivers. I like to wade or float to within fifty feet of what we call the "mouths" of these feeders. Big bass cruise in and out of these areas so I fish them with big flies...

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The bank bays I discussed last week are still providing good action. I find these areas which lie right beside very fast currents in the main part of the river often give me larger bass if I use a Sinking Tip III Fly Line or a Fast Sinking Head Fly Line (200 grain). I fan several casts deep into the bank bays, then use these sinking fly lines with a Murray's Fluorocarbon 6 foot 2X Sinking Line Leader to crawl my streamers along the streambottom. Shenk's White Streamer size 4, Murray's Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer size 4 and Murray's Sculpin...

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The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is full but fishable.The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is too high for good fishing.

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The natural hellgrammites are becoming active in the deep pockets in the fast riffles. The bass are feeding heavily upon them. On the North Fork of the Shenandoah River access point #5 (Chapman's Landing) is producing good fishing. On the South Fork of the Shenandoah River access point #14 (Bealer's Ferry) is producing good fishing. A productive tactic is to wade into the river and fish a Murray's Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4 or a Murray's Heavy Olive Hellgrammite size 4 upstream dead drift through these pockets.

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