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UPDATE:  11:00a.m. July 6---The local stocked trout streams are full and slightly discolored.  Provided that we do not receive any more heavy rains then these streams should clear and provide some nice fishing by later today or tomorrow morning.  Fish a Murray's Pearl or Black Marauder size 12 or Betsy Streamer size 12--wade downstream, cast across stream, after fly sinks, strip it across strip every 6 seconds.

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Recommended Flies:  There is excellent bass fishing where they are feeding on shiner minnows around the aquatic grassbeds. I use the Silver Outcast size 4 where the water is less than 3 feet deep. In deeper water I use a Murray's Heavy Shiner size 6. Be sure to make your first cast around each grassbed so your fly lands close to the grass. Often the strike comes very quickly. Stream Conditions:  The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable. There is excellent aquatic grassbed fishing upstream of access #1 on the North Fork. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear...

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The Murray's Flying Beetle is one of my favorite summer trout flies because it enables me to catch trout in a broad variety of conditions. Not only do I catch trout where they have access to feed on natural beetles but as an "attention getter." Often I've had a large trout rise to investigate my dry fly which matches the hatch only to refuse it. Then I put on a Murray's Flying Beetle size 14 and present it with a snap of the rod tip so it lands on the stream with a splash just below the trouts' tail and...

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Recommended Flies:  The deep sections of the Hidden Valley of the Jackson and the deep pockets on Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg hold many trout that take streamers very well. I use a Sink Tip III line wit a 6ft 3X Sinking Leader with a 3-fly tandem rig of the Shenandoah Silver Ghost, Shenandoah Skunk and Shenandoah Sunrise Streamer all in size 10. Swim these slowly along the stream bottom in these deep areas to catch these large trout.  Stream Conditions:  All of the local stocked trout streams including Passage Creek (Fort Valley), Mill Creek (Mount Jackson) and Big Stoney...

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Recommended Flies:  The aquatic grassbeds on the Shenandoah River hold many shiner minnows and the bass are feeding well upon them. I use the Silver Outcast Streamer size 4 to fish around the grassbeds where the water is 3 feet deep or less. In deeper water I use the Murray's Heavy Shiner size 6. A fast 4 inch stripping action every 10 seconds will catch many bass in these areas..   Stream Conditions:  The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is clear and fishable.  The South Fork of the Shenandoah River in the area of Stanley through Luray is muddy from the heavy rains received...

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