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I am getting excellent trout fishing on many of the small feeder streams high up in the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains using Murray's Little Yellow Stonefly Dry size 16, Shenk's Sulphur Dry size 16 and Murray's Sulphur Dry size 16. There are very heavy sulphur spinner falls at dusk so try to stay on the streams until close to dark.
The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is warm enough for the smallmouth bass to feed on the surface. I am doing well with the Shenandoah Sunfish Slider size 6, Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6 and Shenandoah Chartreuse Chugger size 4. On the North Fork of the Shenandoah River the water upstream from access point #19 (Covered Bridge) is excellent. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is too high for good fishing.
Mountain Trout Streams-- These streams are fishable by coming into the heads of the streams off the Skyline Drive. If you have my book, Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, you can use this as a reference on how to get into the streams with the milepost markers on the Skyline Drive. Due to the heavy rains, the bottoms of these streams are too full for good fishing. Flies to use include: Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14, 16; Spirit of Pittsford Mills size 14; Olive Stimulator size 16; Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 14
Smallmouth Bass Streams-- Both the North Fork and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River are too high and muddy for fishing due to the heavy rains we have received over the last two days. We will have another update on these streams next Tuesday, May 30 as to water levels and the clarity.
Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams--Due to the heavy rains (some areas received 3 inches) these streams are too high and muddy for fishing. I expect them to be back to normal levels within 3 days.