Fishing Report

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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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - February 20, 2020

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Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - February 20, 2020

Frequently I find a bounce retrieve with a two fly rig including a Murray's Caddis Larva size 14 and Murray's Dark Stonefly Nymph size 14 is more effective than a dead drift. To achieve this I cast upstream to the head of the pool and as my nymphs drift back down through the pool I lift and drop the rod tip 6 inches every 5 seconds. I have had several customers that on the unseasonably warm days for February, were seeing some early hatches and catching a few trout on the mountain trout streams by experimenting with different flies. For...

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - February 13, 2020

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Stocked Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - February 13, 2020

The recent rains have flushed a variety of minnows from the riffles and the trout are feeding on all of them. The slightly elevated levels have allowed the trout to spread out over the streams. The Shenandoah Silver Ghost Streamer, Shenandoah Skunk Streamer, and Shenandoah Sunrise Streamer all in size 10 are very effective, so just experiment by fishing across stream in the upper parts of the pools. Last week before the rains started lower Passage Creek off Rt. 678 in Fort Valley was stocked.  This week upper Passage Creek off Rt. 675 was stocked and Cub Run in Page...

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