Fishing Report

Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - January 14, 2021

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - January 14, 2021

At this time of year you will not see many people on the river fishing for bass because it is tough as the bass are not feeding as well as they did in the summer. The water is colder and their metabolism has slowed.  By floating you will be able to get to some of the deeper pockets that the fish are holding in.   The popularity of the two and three fly tandem rigs for smallmouth bass has been slow. I believe many anglers have trouble with the leader and the flies becoming twisted when casting.  When using a conventional...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - January 14, 2021

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - January 14, 2021

The fish are feeding on midges in the stocked trout streams. These trout can be challenging but by tapering down to 6X or 7X and using slack line casts, the action can be great.  If you see dimple riseforms, the fish are sipping adults from the surface. Here a Mr. Rapidan Midge size 20 or a Griffith Gnat size 18 will catch them. If you see splashy riseforms, the fish are taking emerging midges. Here a Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle, Olive size 16 or a Copper John Zebra size 18 will take them. There have been many streams stocked in...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - January 7, 2021

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - January 7, 2021

When fishing streamers for trout at this time of the year, we are often confronted with higher than normal stream levels. This can result from snow or as we just recently saw--heavy rains. My favorite way to master this situation is to use a Scientific Anglers Sink Tip III line with a Murray's Fluorocarbon 6ft 3X sinking leader with a Black Madtom/Sculpin size 8, Spuddler size 8, or a Murray's Heavy Chub Streamers size 8.  I frequently use a Murray's Marauder in a size 10 or 12 for stocked trout.  Previously we only carried the Marauder in size 10 and...

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Smallmouth Bass Rivers and Streams

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Smallmouth Bass Rivers and Streams

1/3/2021 - Happy 2021 to everyone. The recent rain has brought the water levels up in the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River.  These rivers are too high and muddy for productive fishing.Check back Tuesday or Wednesday for an update if things improve.

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report _ December 31, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report _ December 31, 2020

Two Fly Rigs--. Charley Brooks got me into this for trout and it is also very effective on smallmouth bass. Brooks always pushed big nymphs so I started calling my largest nymph the anchor nymph--for example: Murray's Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4. Using old time terms I call my second fly up the leader my "hand fly"--for example: Olive Road Kill Nymph size 8. I place my "hand fly" on my Classic 9ft 2x Leader and the "anchor fly" on a 24 inch 2X dropper below it.  This is very effective fished across stream below the riffles and where the...

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