Fishing Report

Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 27, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 27, 2020

There are great numbers of damselflies and dragonflies flying over our smallmouth rivers and many bass feed on them by leaping into the air to capture them as they fly close to the surface of the river. The Mr. Rapidan Skater size 8 is ideal for this. Dress the fly and the leader with dry fly floatant and skate it over the area you see rising bass and over the 5 foot deep cuts between the ledges. I also try different colored dragonfly and damselfly patterns during this time of the year. Update for June 27--The stream levels on the...

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 25, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 25, 2020

There are still Little Yellow Stoneflies on our mountain streams and the trout feed heavily on them. I'm seeing them all day long with the great concentration late in the day. I use the Murray's Little Yellow Stonefly size 16 to fish to rising trout and to just cover the water if I don't see feeders. I am fishing these on a 6X leader.  The recent rains have provided some excellent water levels for the mountain trout streams in the Shenandoah National Park and National Forest streams.  

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 25, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 25, 2020

The trout that are left in the streams from when they stocked in the spring are feeding on sculpin minnows. You can catch these trout by fishing a Murray's Black Madtom Sculpin size 8 slowly along the stream bottom in the deep pools below the riffles. All of the local trout streams are clear and fishable. The recent rain showers have kept the stream levels ideal for this time of year.

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Updated Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 23, 2020

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Updated Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 23, 2020

Update for June 23--The North Fork of the Shenandoah has cleared and returned to normal wading levels.  I would recommend any of the public access areas from Mount Jackson to Strasburg to wade today.   The South Fork is still too high for fishing.  We will continue to post updates as the conditions change. Original Post on June 18, 2020---When I'm bass fishing I make a special effort to go to the tails of the pools for the last hour of daylight. Many large bass move into the tails of the these pools to feed on the great numbers of minnows...

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 18, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 18, 2020

At this time of year, many people plan to take time to hike into the upper reaches of the mountain streams to camp and fish the sulphur hatch for several days. If you choose your campsite carefully you can fish three different branches for three days and get great fishing on all of them. Just pace yourself carefully so you are fishing each branch until dark. I do well with the Shenk's Sulphur Dry size 16 & 18 and Murray's Sulphur Dry size 16 & 18. I have been doing well with the Murray's Rapidan Dry size 14 & 16...

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