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Smallmouth Bass Streams-- Both the North Fork and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are too high and muddy for fishing due to the heavy rains we have received over the last two days.   We will have another update on these streams next Tuesday, May 30 as to water levels and the clarity.

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 Smallmouth Bass Streams: At dusk and dawn natural Crayfish come out from beneath the cobblestones on the streambottom to feed. Here they are easily exposed to the smallmouth bass and they feed heavily upon them. A good way to catch many of these bass is to wade or float parallel to the stream bank about forty feet out. Cast your Crayfish in close to the bank and allow it to sink deeply. Strip it out with a firm four inch darting action to mimic a real swimming crayfish. Access point #3 (Burnshire Bridge) on the North Fork of the...

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Singer's Crayfish and Murray's Crayfish Smallmouth Bass Streams: One of my guides was showing a student in our class the correct way to fish the Murray's Crayfish when he hooked a smallmouth bass that was 5 1/2 pounds. An effective technique is "swing nymphing" where the Crayfish is cast up and across stream and allowed to sink deeply. Then it is allowed to swim along the streambottom in the deepest runs. Charlie Brooks taught me this method in the seventies and it is extremely effective now. An effective area is upstream from access point #19 (Covered Bridge) on the North...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams: Both the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River are muddy and too high for good fishing. 2000cfs goes over many low water bridges on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

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 Smallmouth Bass Streams: The largest hellgrammites can swim almost as well as minnows. One tactic we teach in our on-the-stream fly fishing schools mimics this well and is easy to master. Cast your hellgrammite across stream and after it sinks deeply, swim it back across the streambottom by stripping it six inches every ten seconds. Good flies are the Murray's Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4, Murray's Heavy Olive Hellgrammite size 4 and Murray's Heavy Brown Hellgrammite size 4. Access point #3 (Burnshire Bridge) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is good. Access point # 13 (Foster's Landing)...

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