Fishing Report

Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report -September 3, 2021

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report -September 3, 2021

The Shenandoah National Park streams are open to the public for fishing again as of today.  Todays notice from the Park:  This is to inform you that Shenandoah National Park is reopening the park's streams to fishing. All angling had been temporarily suspended due low stream flows and high water temperatures, but recent rains have brought stream flows up and replenished groundwater making conditions less stressful for fish. Fish may still be recovering from the stressful conditions, so it is especially important to avoid exhausting fish during landing, handle them gently, and release them without removing them from the water...

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North Fork of the Shenandoah River Status - August 29, 2021

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North Fork of the Shenandoah River Status - August 29, 2021

Some areas received over 2 inches of rain overnight.  The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is currently high and muddy.  The picture above is from the Rt. 675 Bridge in Edinburg.  It will take this muddy water a few days to clear and run through.  We will post another update in a few days.

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 21, 2021

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 21, 2021

Posted from the Shenandoah National Park August 20, 2021  Luray, Virginia: Effective immediately, Shenandoah National Park’s streams and rivers are closed to fishing due to low stream flows and high water temperatures. Despite the recent rainfall, streams and groundwater conditions have not recovered sufficiently.Dry conditions have led to extremely low stream flows throughout the Park, including some river sections that are completely dry. Under low-flow conditions, high water temperatures occur with hot  weather.  Low flows and high temperatures create extremely stressful conditions for fish, and dissolved oxygen can decline to fatal conditions. Some mortalities have been documented this month. The...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 19, 2021

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 19, 2021

Recently we have been seeing two things along the Shenandoah River while fishing. 1) The dobsonfly (hellgrammite) eggs are hanging on the tree leaves over the river.  Weeks ago I caught a very  nice bass by fishing a Murray's Heavy Black hellgrammite across stream. The natural swimming action of the real hellgrammite permits us to fish our Hellgrammite fly at all angles with a convincing realistic motion.  2) We recently saw some Hexagenia on the back window of the fly shop which hangs over Big Stoney Creek.  If they are on the creek then they are also on the North...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 12, 2021

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 12, 2021

We are finally seeing something that we have not seen in a couple of weeks---Rain Showers.  The thunderstorms have gone through in some areas producing 1 to 2 inches of rain and in other areas only a few drops.  Although every little bit helps the river levels are still lower than they usually are for this time of year.  So wade carefully so that you are not spooking the fish. Early morning and late in the evening are the best times to fish.  If you are out in the day on a bright sunny day, be sure to pound the...

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