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Bass Fishing Report -

We are getting excellent smallmouth fishing in the back eddies that form below the riffles on the sides of the river with slow currents. These can range from 10 feet to 50 feet in diameter and can be fished by either wading or floating. Many fish hold here now and I often take an hour to fish a back eddy that is 50 feet in diameter. Some of my favorite flies in these feeding stations are the Murray's Magnum Creek Chub size 4, Murray's Magnum Darter size 4, and Murray's Magnum Bluegill size 4. I strip these very slowly to...

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Bass Fishing Report -

Last week I discussed catching large bass in the deep cuts between the ledges with Strymphs. Another tactic is to use streamers such as the Murray's Tungsten Cone Head Marauder (either olive or pearl) size 4 and Murray's Olive Strymph size 4 on a sink tip III line or a fast sinking head line. Cast these across stream into the deep cuts between the ledges and swim them slowly along the stream bottom by stripping them 6 inches every 10 seconds. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is still in beautiful shape for wading. The South Fork is in...

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Trout Fishing Report -

The recently stocked trout move about these streams and your best chance of catching them is to cover a fair amount of water. The Hidden Valley of the Jackson, the Bullpasture and Big Stoney Creek were all just recently stocked and are doing well. The Murray's Black Marauder size 10 and the Murray's Pearl Marauder size 10 have been very productive this week.

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The state is stocking many large trout in the delayed harvest streams especially in streams such as Back Creek and Passage Creek. Some of my local customers are saying that Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg was stocked today 10-19-18.  The popular fly this week has been the Pearl Marauder and the Black Marauder size 10 or 12 on this stocked trout streams.  Fish these deeply right below the riffles.

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Some of the large bass are beginning their mini-migration from the shallows to the deeper sections of the river. Some of my best fishing now is found in the 4 to 6 foot deep cuts between the river crossing ledges. These cuts may run from 20 to 200 feet wide up and down the river. One of my most productive flies here is the Murray's Olive Strymph size 4 because as the name implies, I can fish it as a streamer or a nymph. An effective way to fish these cuts is to approach them from downstream and wade right...

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