Fishing Report

Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 20, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 20, 2020

As the mountain streams become warm, I'm getting good action fishing the sections of these streams up high below the mountain springs. The Appalachian Trail Club maps and books on the early settlers in the mountains can provide good information on the locations of this springs. These will cool the water downstream from the springs and provide good fishing.  The Murray's Flying Beetle size 18 and a Mr. Rapidan Ant size 18 are excellent now. Stream Conditions: Early this week most of the streams in the lower sections of the Shenandoah National Park were higher than normal for this time...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - Update August 15, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - Update August 15, 2020

The Murray's Floating Minnow in the tails of the pools are giving me excellent action when I fish them along the shaded banks in water 2 to 4 feet deep over cobblestone bottoms. I wade upstream close to the bank and cast my Floating Minnows ahead of me. Strip them back downstream very slowly.  Other productive flies this week per customers and guides:  Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6, Murray's Crayfish size 6, and Murray's Olive Marauder size 6, Shenk's White Streamer size 6.  Fish all of these on a Bright Butt 9ft 2X Leader. Stream Conditions: The North Fork of...

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 13, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 13, 2020

The mountain trout streams are low, clear, and the trout are wary.  You will get your best stream temperatures by coming in off the Skyline Drive or the headwaters of the streams.  The stream temperature in the upper sections of the streams has been around 63 degrees.  Spotting trout on their feeding stations and fishing a Mr. Rapidan Ant size 18 to them is still very effective. I usually use slack line casts, often with a Murray's Classic 9ft 7X leader to catch these trout.  Be sure to hide your approach and watch your shadows so that you are not...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - Update August 11, 2020

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - Update August 11, 2020

Some of the most exciting smallmouth fishing occurs in the tails of the pools at dusk at this time of year. The bass move into these areas to feed on minnows and by fishing a Murray's Floating Chub Minnow or Murray's Floating Dace Minnow in size 4 & 6 in this shallow water, you can catch many fish.   Per phone calls and walk-in customers the other productive flies for this week include the Shenandoah Blue Popper, Murray's Olive Marauder, and Murray's Heavy Hellgrammite in size 6.  This is a picture of hellgrammite eggs on leaves hanging over the Shenandoah River...

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 6, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - August 6, 2020

Fishing the mountain trout streams at this time of the year is tricky because the water temperatures are cooler in the headwaters but the steam levels are low. Some areas are receiving more rain than others, depending on which way the thunderstorms go through.  Be sure to hide your approach, watch your shadow, and sneak, sneak, sneak.   One of my favorite tactics on mountain trout streams at this time of year is spotting them on their feeding stations then going one on one with them. The trout's subtle movements, his shadow and his color contrast from the bottom are features...

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