Fishing Report

Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 25, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 25, 2020

The trout that are left in the streams from when they stocked in the spring are feeding on sculpin minnows. You can catch these trout by fishing a Murray's Black Madtom Sculpin size 8 slowly along the stream bottom in the deep pools below the riffles. All of the local trout streams are clear and fishable. The recent rain showers have kept the stream levels ideal for this time of year.

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Updated Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 23, 2020

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Updated Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 23, 2020

Update for June 23--The North Fork of the Shenandoah has cleared and returned to normal wading levels.  I would recommend any of the public access areas from Mount Jackson to Strasburg to wade today.   The South Fork is still too high for fishing.  We will continue to post updates as the conditions change. Original Post on June 18, 2020---When I'm bass fishing I make a special effort to go to the tails of the pools for the last hour of daylight. Many large bass move into the tails of the these pools to feed on the great numbers of minnows...

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 18, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - June 18, 2020

At this time of year, many people plan to take time to hike into the upper reaches of the mountain streams to camp and fish the sulphur hatch for several days. If you choose your campsite carefully you can fish three different branches for three days and get great fishing on all of them. Just pace yourself carefully so you are fishing each branch until dark. I do well with the Shenk's Sulphur Dry size 16 & 18 and Murray's Sulphur Dry size 16 & 18. I have been doing well with the Murray's Rapidan Dry size 14 & 16...

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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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