Fishing Report

Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - March 5, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - March 5, 2020

The streams are warming gradually and the Epeorus pleuralis nymphs are growing and becoming more active. Fish the Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 12 and 14 upstream so they land right below the riffle. I prefer to use a Trout Nymph Leader 9ft 5X. Fish these back downstream with a slow rod lifting motion while watching the Scientific Anglers Indicator on the leader for the strike.

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - March 5, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - March 5, 2020

At this time of the year the bass are holding in the 10 to 15 ft deep water upstream of Chapman's Dam (#5, also known as M on page 11 of my Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams book) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. On the South Fork of the Shenandoah this deep water can be found above the Luray Reservoir. You can put your boat in at Massanutten Landing (#26, also known as J on page 11 of my book) and float down to the Reservoir.  The Sonar Sink 30 Clear in the 200 grain fly line will...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - February 27, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - February 27, 2020

The stream levels and water temperatures are ideal for good fishing in the delayed harvest streams. A very effective technique at this time of the year is to fish a three nymph rig matching the stonefly, mayfly, and caddis larva that the trout feed upon. Three of my favorites are the Murray's Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray's Professor Nymph size 14, and Murray's Caddis Larva size 14. These can be fished across the deep pools with a slow stripping action or upstream dead drift just below the riffles. All of the local stocked trout steams such as Big Stoney...

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - February 27, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - February 27, 2020

The Epeorus pleuralis mayfly nymphs are growing rapidly in the lower sections of the riffles and even though it is several weeks until they usually hatch the trout are on the lookout for them and grab any they see. This is the largest hatch on many mountain trout streams in the mid-Atlantic area and is the one hatch I can honestly say I've seen clouds of the adults in the air. This is well matched with a Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 12 or 14. Fish these upstream dead drift right into the lower section of the riffle on...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - February 20, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - February 20, 2020

Some of the larger streams are slightly higher than normal from the recent rains. I often improve my action by using a sinking tip III fly line with streamers such as the Shenandoah Sunrise Streamer size 10, Shenandoah Silver Streamer size 10 and Shenandoah Skunk Streamer size 10. Using this line with a 6ft 3X Fluorocarbon Sinking Leader enables me to swim these streamers right along the stream bottom in the deep pools where the large trout are feeding. All of the local stocked trout streams such as Big Stoney Creek (Edinburg), Passage Creek (Fort Valley), and Mill Creek (Mount...

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