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Recommended Flies: I am getting great surface bug action with the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 and Murray's Bass Popper Frog against the shady banks and around the grassbeds. I am using a Mastery Bass Bug fly line with a Bright Butt 9ft 2X.  My son and guides have been doing well with a Murray's Crayfish size 6 with two split shot placed about six inches above the fly. Other productive flies include the Dying Minnow Chub size 6, Dying Minnow Dace size 6, Shenandoah Streamer Sunfish, size 6 and Olive Marauder size 6.        Stream Conditions:   The North Fork of...

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Going one on one with the wild trout you spot in the streams is the favorite form of angling of many highly skilled anglers. After all, the challenge is laid out right before you. With a cautious approach and a slack line cast with a Mr. Rapidan Ant or a Murray's Flying Beetle you should catch most of these trout. Stream Conditions: These streams are starting to get low. Use a cautious approach so you are not spooking the fish. You will have better water levels by accessing the streams from the bottom and hiking up about 30 minutes. Use...

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The flat tail of the slow pools such as on the Bridge Pool on Back Creek often show many trout feeding on midges. Some are showing delicate dimple riseforms and some are showing splashy riseform. The delicate feeders are taking adult drys. The splashy feeders are taking the emerging midges underwater as they swim up to the surface. A very effective tactics is to fish a Mr. Rapidan Midge Dry size 18 on a 9ft 7X Classic Leader with 36 inches of 7X coming off the bend of the dry fly hook. To this tie on a Mr. Rapidan Brown...

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Recommended Flies:  I'm getting great fishing with the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 and 6 around the grassbeds. As dusk cast your Shenandoah Blue Popper out in front of the bass you see chasing minnows and strip it loudly across in front of them. Fish these on a Bright Butt 9ft 2X leader. Special through August 20--BUY 3 Shenandoah Blue Poppers and GET 1 FREE. No discount code needed--just add 4 Shenandoah Blue Poppers to your online shopping cart and the system will automatically take the discount.      Stream Conditions:   The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. ...

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You have asked me what the subtle signals are that I rely upon to spot the trout in the stream. His movement as he relocates on his feeding station or turns to take a drifting nymph is the easiest signal to spot. On a sunny day the trout's shadow on the stream bottom is much easier to see than the trout. The long slim trout's body lying over round cobblestones quickly shows you his location. The bright ivory fins of a brook trout holding over a dark stream bottom quickly tells us where to cast our fly. I find this...

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