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We are getting excellent smallmouth fishing in the back eddies that form below the riffles on the sides of the river with slow currents. These can range from 10 feet to 50 feet in diameter and can be fished by either wading or floating. Many fish hold here now and I often take an hour to fish a back eddy that is 50 feet in diameter. Some of my favorite flies in these feeding stations are the Murray's Magnum Creek Chub size 4, Murray's Magnum Darter size 4, and Murray's Magnum Bluegill size 4. I strip these very slowly to...

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Last week I discussed catching large bass in the deep cuts between the ledges with Strymphs. Another tactic is to use streamers such as the Murray's Tungsten Cone Head Marauder (either olive or pearl) size 4 and Murray's Olive Strymph size 4 on a sink tip III line or a fast sinking head line. Cast these across stream into the deep cuts between the ledges and swim them slowly along the stream bottom by stripping them 6 inches every 10 seconds. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is still in beautiful shape for wading. The South Fork is in...

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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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