Fishing Report

Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 7, 2021

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 7, 2021

The brook trout are starting to spawn so from now to December I do not recommend fishing the native brook trout streams. Most anglers believe it is best not to stress them during this time. Also after the trout have spawned one can easily step on the eggs in the beds. Two weeks after they spawn, the beds can become dusted over and it is difficult to discern the beds. One foot step can kill hundreds of eggs.  If you let them rest this fall, then that will ensure plenty of brookies for next spring.

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 6, 2021

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - October 6, 2021

The Virginia DWR has stocked many large trout throughout some of the streams. They will continue to stock other streams throughout the state the rest of this month.  Local to our fly shop--Passage Creek in Fort Valley, VA off of Rt. 678 was just stocked today with rainbows.  Make sure you have your trout license, freshwater license and in some cases you will need the National Forest permit to fish these streams. My favorite way to cover all of the best feeding stations is with a streamer such as the Shenandoah Skunk Streamer size 10. I start below a major...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - September 30, 2021

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - September 30, 2021

As a kid growing up in Edinburg, I watched the bait fishermen use live hog suckers to fish off the gravel bars at dusk. This is still an effective tactic.  I use my Murray's Magnum Hog Sucker size 4 and carefully fish along these gravel bars at dusk.  The Murray's Magnum Darter size 4 is another great fly for this time of year.  The water temperature is dropping so be sure to bring your chest high waders.  The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. The Chapman's Landing 2 miles north of Edinburg, the Lupton access of...

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - September 30, 2021

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - September 30, 2021

Early this week I went to the Shenandoah National Park and did well by coming into the streams from the Skyline Drive. I did well fishing a Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14 with a Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Olive Nymph size 16 as a dropper below it.  The Murray's Flying Beetle size 14 was my second best fly.  The water temperature was running around 56 degrees so make sure you have your hip boots.  The native brook trout will start spawning this month so I try not to fish these streams while they are spawning.  For more information on...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - September 30, 2021

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - September 30, 2021

Starting tomorrow October 1 the VA DWR will start stocking streams throughout the state with nice rainbows and some brown trout.  The local stocked trout streams are at perfect water levels. For the latest updates on what streams have been stocked, check out the VA DWR website. Be sure to have your freshwater fishing license, trout license, and if you are going to be in the National Forest then get your National Forest license as well.   A Casual Dress Nymph in a size 12 is my go to fly for this time of year. Fish this deeply below the riffles...

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