Fishing Report

Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 18, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 18, 2020

In order to take advantage of the Sulphur hatch on the large trout streams, I often fish a dry with a dropper with great success. My favorite combo is the Murray's Sulphur Dry size 16 with a Murray's Sulphur Nymph size 16 on a 24 inch 6X piece of mono below it. This is productive because it is more difficult to read the feeding stations on the large streams than it is on the small mountain streams. The state does not stock these streams throughout the summer so after June 15 you only need a freshwater fishing license and not...

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Smallmouth Bass Rivers Fly Fishing Report - June 11, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Rivers Fly Fishing Report - June 11, 2020

I am just starting to get some surface fishing along the shaded banks for smallmouth bass with a Shenandoah Chartreuse Chugger size 6. Cast in close to the bank and fish the Chugger out ten feet by using a 6 inch stripping action every 5 seconds. Make successive casts five feet further down the river and repeat the bug action. Access #12 (Good's Landing) on the South Fork and access #4 (in Woodstock) on the North Fork are great spots for fishing a chugger.  Both the North Fork and South Fork of the Shenandoah River are in perfect shape for...

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 11, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 11, 2020

I'm very excited about the heavy sulphur mayfly hatch that has already started. The duns start coming off about noon and continue until dark. The spinners start returning at dusk and continue until dark. My favorite flies are Murray's Sulphur Dry size 16 & 18, Shenk's Sulphur Dry size 16 & 18. Fish these on a Classic 9ft 6X leader except in the small mountain trout streams, then use a Murray's 6ft Mountain Trout Leader in a 6X. The recent rains have kept these streams in wonderful conditions. The Shenandoah National Park as reopened their boundary access on all streams...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 11, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 11, 2020

Many of these large streams have excellent sulphur mayfly hatches and I use the same dry flies I use on the mountain streams. On streams such as Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg, Back Creek and the Jackson I use the Murray's Sulphur Dry size 16 as a searching pattern even if the hatch is sparse. However, I always try to fish until dark so I'm taking advantage of the concentration of both the duns and the spinners. The Department of Game does not stock these streams through the summer months.  All of the local stocked trout streams are currently...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report- June 10, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report- June 10, 2020

When the smallmouth rivers get slightly discolored from rains the bass feed boldly on the shiner minnows on the gravel bars. They just seem willing to crash these areas in low light. The Murray's Heavy Shiner size 6 is very effective fished where the gravel bars taper off to the water 3 to 4 feet deep.  Update for June 10--The South Fork has dropped and is clear and fishable. Update June 10--The North Fork is in beautiful shape, clear and fishable..   Above a view of the muddy water on the North Fork working its way from Edinburg downstream.   ...

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