Fishing Report RSS
Many large rainbows have been stocked in the delayed harvest streams and by fishing large sculpin streamers you can catch many of the trout. Both Back Creek, the Hidden Valley of the Jackson, and Passage Creek are providing good action now. The water color is good in most of the stocked trout streams but they are running at full levels so fish deeply. Actually a sink tip III line is very helpful. Using flies such as Shenk's Sculpin size 8 and Murray's Madtom/Sculpin, Black size 8 below the riffles matches the natural sculpin minnows the trout feed upon.
The North Fork and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are currently too high for good fishing. We will continue to monitor them and post updates as the conditions change.
The springs you feel around your legs when you are wading the Hidden Valley of the Jackson, the Bullpasture, and Big Stoney Creek produce many cress bugs and shrimp that the trout feed heavily upon. These stream are all full but fishable. The Hidden Valley was just stocked on November 20. Fishing a Shenk's Cress Bug size 14 or a Murray's Shrimp size 14 below these springs can catch some large trout.
The local stocked trout streams such as Big Stoney Creek (Edinburg) and Passage Creek (Fort Valley) are full but fishable. Please wade carefully. Localized rains have flushed out many cress bugs and shrimp from the springs along many trout streams and the trout are feeding heavily upon them. Recommended flies: Cress Bug size 14 and Murray's Shrimp size 14
The local trout streams such as Mill Creek, Big Stoney Creek, and Passage Creek are full but clear and fishable. With the extra water flowing you will need to put some split shot above your fly to help get the fly down.
Original Post November 7--There is excellent fishing in the Hidden Valley of the Jackson, the Bullpasture, Big Stoney Creek and Mill Creek with nymphs such as Murray's Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray's Caddis Larva size 12 and Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 12. Big Stoney Creek and Mill Creek were just recently stocked on 11/1.