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 Recommended Flies: I often use a Sinking Tip III line with a 6ft 3X Fluorocarbon Sinking Leader when fishing the Shenandoah Silver Ghost size 10 and Shenandoah Skunk Streamer size 10 along the stream bottom in the deep pools of our large streams. Stripping them 6 inches every 10 seconds is very effective. The Hidden Valley of the Jackson and the Bullpasture are both producing good fishing..   Stream Conditions:  All of the local stocked trout streams and delayed harvest areas including Passage Creek (Fort Valley), Mill Creek (Mount Jackson) and Big Stoney Creek (Edinburg) are currently full but fishable. Recommended Gear:...

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Recent rains have flushed many of the minnows from the riffles into the deep pools below them.   Recommended Flies: The Shenandoah Silver Ghost size 10 and the Shenandoah Skunk Streamer size 10 are very productive. Fish these across the pools by stripping them 6 inches every 10 seconds.   Stream Conditions:  Update for May 14  All of the local stocked trout streams and delayed harvest areas including Passage Creek (Fort Valley), Mill Creek (Mount Jackson) and Big Stoney Creek (Edinburg) are currently discolored and too full to fish. I expect them to be fishable within a few days.  I will post another...

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Recommended Flies:  In between high water levels we have been catching a few smallmouth bass on the Murray's Black Heavy Hellgrammite size 4 in the boulder water of the fast runs below the riffles. Fishing this upstream dead drift or across stream in all of the pockets which are from two to four feet deep is very effective because the natural hellgrammites are becoming very active.  Stream Conditions:  Update for May 14.  The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is discolored and too high for good fishing. I will have another update toward the end of the week. The South Fork of the Shenandoah...

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Many of the mountain streams now have very heavy Gray Fox Mayfly hatches and the trout feed heavily upon them. The Spirit of Pittsford Mill size 14 is very effective during this hatch when fished on the lip of the pools and over the upper corners of the pools on a 7 1/2 ft 6X Classic Leader. An excellent ploy in the deep pools is to fish a Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle Nymph size 14 on a 3ft 6X mono dropper below the dry and cover all of the pool. You asked so we delivered. We just received our NEW...

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Some anglers seldom do it but with the heavy March Brown Mayflies and Olive Caddis a two dry fly rig can be very effective. Attach a Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry Fly size 14 to a 5X Leader and then attach a Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis size 14 to a 3ft dropper below it. From below the lip of the pool, use this 2 fly rig to cover the whole pool above you. You asked so we delivered. We just received our NEW Mountain Leaders which are 6ft long and designed for these small mountain trout streams. Stream Conditions: This is...

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