Fishing Report

Stocked Trout Streams & Delayed Harvest Fly Fishing Report - December 31, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams & Delayed Harvest Fly Fishing Report - December 31, 2020

Many trout in the delayed harvest streams in Virginia and the large stocked trout streams throughout the mid-Atlantic area have adapted well to the streams and the natural minnows they hold.  I find that I catch more large trout when I use streamers which match the natural minnows the trout feed on. I use the Spuddler size 8 to match the sculpin minnows. I use the Murray's Heavy Chub Streamer size 8 to match the chub minnows and the Murray's Black Madtom/Sculpin size 8 to match the natural madtoms and sculpins.  All of the local stocked trout streams such as...

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Stocked Trout Streams & Delayed Harvest Areas Stream Report - December 26, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams & Delayed Harvest Areas Stream Report - December 26, 2020

12-26-2020 - The Shenandoah Valley Stocked Trout Streams & Delayed Harvest Areas are too high and discolored from rain earlier in the week to provide good fishing.  During the winter the trout in many large stocked trout streams and delayed harvest trout streams (throughout Virginia) feed heavily on midges. Since they often take both the emergers and the adults in the same pool, a good ploy is to fish a Mr. Rapidan Midge Dry size 18 as the top fly on a 9ft 6X Classic Leader with a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 16 on a 24 inch...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - December 26, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - December 26, 2020

The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River are both too high and too discolored for fishing. Now is a great time to sit down at the vise and tie some flies for next year.Check out Harry's Article "Murray's Hellgrammite" that was originally published in the December 1985 Issue of Flyfishing Magazine. He goes over the fly tying instructions for our Hellgrammite in the article.

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - December 19, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - December 19, 2020

Ed Shenk (pictured above) who designed my favorite Cress Bug was a master of catching trout in all size streams. Many of the large trout streams have great populations of cress bugs and shrimp in and below the springs that flow into them. Here, I often fish across stream with a Cress Bug size 14 and Murray's Shrimp size 14.  I cover all of the water from the springs downstream for the next 40 feet. A very slow fly-crawling action is very productive.  The DWR is stocking many streams throughout the state with rainbows, browns and brook trout so I...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report -December 2, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report -December 2, 2020

During the winter I recommend a sinking tip fly line with a 6ft sinking leader for nymph fishing in the bass rivers. I find these five nymphs fished in the deep protected runs below the riffles can be effective for this time of year.  Flies: Dragonfly Nymph size 8, Bitch Creek Nymph size 8, Casual Dress Nymph size 4, Murray's Black Hellgrammite size 4, and Murray's Skunk Road Kill Nymph size 6. Now are you going to catch as many fish as you did in the summer--no, but I usually continue to fish until I get skunked three outings in...

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