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The same caddis I'm seeing on the mountain trout streams are thick on many of the large streams such as the Hidden Valley of the Jackson and the Bullpasture. In order to cover as much water as possible on these large streams I use a different tactic than that used in the mountains.  Wading downstream I cast across stream with a two-fly rig of the Mr. Rapidan Dry Olive Caddis size 14 with a Murray's Olive Caddis Pupa size 14. I attach the dry to my 7 1/2 ft 5X Classic Leader and then add 3ft of 5X mono below...

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Recommended Flies:  We are catching some large bass by fishing from dusk to  night fishing downstream on the Shenandoah River. I get my best fishing with large flies. The Murray's Magnum Hog Sucker, Magnum Darter and Magnum Creek Chub size 4 are my favorite flies. I wade downstream and cast across and downstream at a 45 degree angle being sure to keep the rod pointed where the line enters the stream and having a tight line all the way down to the fly. In this way I can quickly feel the strike and hook the bass.   Stream Conditions:   The North...

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Yesterday evening I saw the greatest number of adult caddis over the stream I've ever seen. There were tan, black and olive adult caddis everywhere and the fish were feeding on the adults and the pupa. A great tactic is to fish the Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Caddis (tan, olive, or black) size 16 on a 7 1/2 ft Classic 6X Leadere with a Murray's Caddis Pupa (either tan or olive) size 14 on a 24 inch 6X mono dropper below it. Fish these upstream dead drift to the rising trout and to cover the water. Stream Conditions: The recent...

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Recommended Flies:  My favorite tactic for fishing the tails of the pools for smallmouth with a Murray's Floating Chub or Dace Minnow is to wade up from the riffle below and fan my casts over all of the pool tail upstream. The Murray's Marauder, Olive size 6 and Murray's Crayfish size 6 have been working well on our guide trips and schools. Update for July 13 at 2p.m.. Stream Conditions:   The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is still slightly high and discolored.  It is clearing more each day.  I expect it to be clear and wadeable by Tuesday July 16 in...

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Update for July 13 at 2p.m..  Big Stoney Creek in Edinburg in slightly discolored but is fishable.  Passage Creek in Fort Valley is clear and fishable.   The natural cricket is an early riser and on streams like the Hidden Valley of the Jackson and Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg you can take advantage of this. Cast a Shenk's Cricket size 14 in tight to the bank and twitch it out with a firm four inch line hand kicking action every four seconds as you swim it into the middle of the stream. The strike usually comes when the Cricket...

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