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The natural crickets and grasshoppers are large and plentiful along many streams such as Back Creek and the Bullpasture. Experiment with a gentle twitching action and a dead drift with Shenk's Cricket Dry size 12 and Letort Hopper size 12. You have a good chance of catching some large trout.
The brook trout are spawning now. Most anglers believe it is best to not stress them by fishing for them at this time even though they are returned to the stream after catching them.
Many large bass are feeding on minnows along the heavily shaded river banks where the water is three to five deep over cobblestone streambottoms. The Shenk's White Streamer size 6, Murray's Heavy Sunfish Streamer size 6 and James Wood Bucktail size 4 are excellent here. Cast them in close to the river bank and strip them out slowly. Then cast them to a new spot several feet downstream as you wade slowly down the river. On the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, the water downstream from access point #3 (Burnshire Bridge) is excellent. On the South Fork of the...
The trout in these streams that have survived the onslaught of anglers all summer have learned to feed on the natural foods which nature provides now. I rely strongly on Shenk's Cricket Dry size 12 and Letort Hopper size 12. Fishing these flies along the shaded banks on streams such as White Top Laurel and the Hidden Valley of the Jackson can bring you some nice trout.
The mountain trout streams are too low for good fishing.