Fishing Report

Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - April 1, 2021

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - April 1, 2021

This picture reminds me of the special times that I have hiked and camped in the Shenandoah National Park to get the best fishing over a 3 day weekend. We still have many Epeorus pleuralis duns and spinners on the stream. The fragile little blue quill mayflies may be present in very heavy hatches over the next few weeks. Unfortunately during cold days these little duns have trouble drying their wings to fly off the stream. These helpless flies are shunted to the back eddies where the trout gorge themselves on them. Fishing a Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14 and...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - April 1, 2021

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - April 1, 2021

I haven't reported on the smallmouth bass streams in a while because the water was just too cold for good fishing.  I have a few customers that like to get out this time of year to try the bass fishing just to see what they can get.  Their are many minnows that live on the shallow gravel bars all day but when the suns is on the water the bass prefer to feed on the shiners in water from 3-5 feet deep where the gravel bars taper off to the main part of the river.  You can catch these bass...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - April 1, 2021

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - April 1, 2021

This time of year produces some of the largest hatches we see on these streams bringing many trout to the surface to feed. In addition to the two drys used on the mountain streams report (Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14 & Blue Quill size 16), the Spirit of Pittsford Mills size 14 is outstanding. On the largest streams an effective ploy is to fish a Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle, Brown size 14 on a two foot 5X dropper below the dry fly. The rains yesterday discolored some of the local stocked trout streams but they are clearing today and the...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - March 25, 2021

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - March 25, 2021

Some of our richest large trout streams such as Big Stoney and the Hidden Valley of the Jackson now have good hatches. A good tactic is to fish a Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14 with a Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Nymph, Brown size 14 on a 2 foot 5X dropper below it.  Passage Creek and Big Stoney Creek were just stocked this week.  To see the stocking schedule check out Virginia's DWR website.

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - March 25, 2021

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - March 25, 2021

This is a great time of year to hike, camp, and fish for several days on the small native brook trout streams in the mountains. The water temperature is ideal and the stream temperature is great for the hatches, prompting the trout to feed.  The Epeorus pleuralis mayfly hatches are heavy and the Blue Quill hatches are coming on strong, thus you will have many rising trout. I match these with the Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14 and the Blue Quill Dry size 16. Fish these on a 5X leader. When I approach a pool, I pause to locate...

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