Fishing Report

Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - September 3, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - September 3, 2020

Earlier this week I rode around and looked at several of the Shenandoah National Park streams hoping to get in a little fishing while checking the conditions.  I was amazed at how much water the lower boundary Park streams were carrying from the recent rains and thunderstorms.  Therefore, to get the best fishing, water levels, and water temperatures you will want to enter the streams from the headwaters or off the Skyline Drive.  With the cooler nights and the rich springs high in the mountains, this is prompting good caddisfly hatches.  The Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Caddis size 16 in...

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - Update September 1, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - Update September 1, 2020

There are many springs high in the mountains (even above 3,000 feet) that cool these streams and give us good fishing this time of year. Use your stream thermometer and watch closely for these springs.  The recent rains have provided good water levels for this time of the year.  I was fishing in these streams earlier this week and had some good fishing.  The water temperature was 63 degrees.  I did well with a Mr. Rapidan Ant size 18 and Murray's Flying Beetle size 18 on a Classic 6X leader. Update for September 1, 2020--With all of the extra rain...

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Stream Report - Update September 1, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Stream Report - Update September 1, 2020

Rain, rain and more rain.  The North Fork of the Shenandoah River rose some more over the weekend. With the high and muddy conditions the fishing will be put on hold for a few more days.  We will post another update towards the weekend.  The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is still muddy and high from rains. We will continue to post updates as the conditions change.   Ft. on 9/1 Ft. on 8/29 CFS on 8/29 CFS on 9/1 North Fork at Mount Jackson 4.58 3.74 547 1050 North Fork at Strasburg 2.52 1.98 188 454 South Fork...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 27, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 27, 2020

The two fly rig I mentioned last week is outstanding on float trips especially if you have a beginner. They can often see the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 twitch when a bass takes the Casual Dress Nymph size 10 and you hook the bass. Without the popper they often do  not see the strike on the nymph.   Other productive flies this week include:  Olive Marauder size 8, Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6, Black Marauder size 8 all fished on a Bright Butt 9ft 2X Leader. Please note that the picture above was taken a few weeks ago on the...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 20, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 20, 2020

For the past several years I've been experimenting with two-fly rigs for smallmouth bass and my success has surprised me.  One of the most productive is the Shenandoah Blue Popper size 4 with a Casual Dress Nymph size 10 on a 36 inch 2X dropper below it. This is very effective just downstream of shallow riffles fished across stream with a slow stripping action.  Other productive flies this week include: Murray's Olive Marauder size 8, Murray's Crayfish size 6, and Clouser Crayfish, Olive size 6. Stream Conditions: The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable.  Wade carefully...

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