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Bass Fishing Report -

The brown drake mayflies I covered last week produce some outstanding dry fly fishing at dusk when the spinners mate and fall spent on the surface of the river. Frequently I have had a dozen smallmouth bass rising within casting distance to feed on these spinner. Effective flies are the Murray's Brown Drake size 14, Humpy Red Dry size 12 and Irresistible Dry size 12. Good tactics are to cast a foot out in front of the cruising bass as he takes the spinners. Also cast a dry fly right on his riseform when he comes up. Upstream from access...

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The hatches are sparse on these streams now so the trout are feeding on a variety of small nymphs below the riffles. Good flies are the Murray's Adams Nymph size 14, Murray's Caddis Larva size 14 and Murray's Dark Miracle Stonefly Nymph size 14. Wade carefully and fish these upstream dead drift on Murray's Trout Nymphing 9 foot 2X Leader.Good streams include the lower section of Big Wilson and Big Stoney Creek West of Edinburg.

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Bass Fishing Report -

There are exciting brown drake mayfly hatches on some smallmouth bass rivers now that are giving us good dry fly fishing when the duns emerge in mid afternoon. Excellent flies are the Murray's Brown Drake size 14, Irresistible Dry size 12 and Humpy Red Dry size 12. Fish these along the banks and around boulders where you see rising bass and to just cover the water. The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is good downstream from access point #4 (Near Dr. Truban's Vet Clinic). The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is in good shape at access point #11...

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Trout Fishing Report -

There are good green sedge caddis fly hatches on many trout streams in the mountains in Virginia and West Virginia. This is prompting the large trout to feed heavily. Good flies are the Mr. Rapidan Olive Delta Wing Caddis size 16, Shenandoah Olive Caddis size 14 and Murray's Olive Magic Caddis Pupa size 14. The heaviest feeding is from mid afternoon until dusk.

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Bass Fishing Report -

In addition to the smallmouth bass feeding on the shiner minnows at dawn and dusk which I discussed last week, there are always smallmouth bass feeding on shiner minnows where the gravel bars taper off into the deep water out in the river. By wading down these gravel bars and fishing a Silver Outcast Streamer size 4 or a Murray's Heavy Shiner Streamer size 6 or a Murray's Dying Shiner Minnow size 6 out into the deep water and stripping it back toward the gravel bar, you can catch many large smallmouth bass. UPDATE:  Due to the heavy rains some...

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