Fishing Report

Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report- March 21, 2017

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report- March 21, 2017

   Singer's Crayfish and Murray's Crayfish Smallmouth Bass Streams: The natural crayfish are starting to come out to mate and the smallmouth bass are feeding well on these large crayfish. My favorite imitations are the Singers Crayfish size 4 and Murray's Crayfish size 6. Fish these slowly along the cobblestone streambottoms with a slow crawling action. This is very effective at access point #3 (Burnshire Bridge) on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and downstream from access point #14 (Bealer's Ferry) on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

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Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report March 13, 2017

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Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report March 13, 2017

Mr. Rapidan Parachute, Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph and Mr. Rapidan Emerger.Mountain Trout Streams: This is prime time to hike in from the trail heads on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive (most are in Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park and Virginia Blue-Ribbon Streams) to fish the headwaters of these streams. The nymphs are active and the duns are coming off so the best flies are the Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 14, Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 14 and Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14. Jeff Murray catches many trout by using an upstream bounce...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report March 13, 2017

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report March 13, 2017

Murray's Heavy Black Hellgrammite, Murray's Olive Marauder and Murray's Magnum Darter Streamer.  Switching over to a fast sinking 200 grain head fly line can help you catch many large bass in the deep water (Winter holding areas) I enjoy the challenge of trying to catch large bass now. In order to give myself an advantage, I use a fast sinking head fly line such as the Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink 30 Warm Tip Fly line 200 grain which sinks at four to eight ips in the first thirty feet of the line. Good flies now are the Murray's Olive Marauder...

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Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report March 7, 2017

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Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report March 7, 2017

Mountain Trout Streams: The Eperous mayfly nymphs are very active and the duns are starting to come off well. A very effective tactic is to attach a Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14 to a Murray's Classic 7.5 foot 5X Leader.  Then attach a Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 14 or a Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 14 to a twenty four inch 5X piece of tippet material which is tied to the bend of the dry fly with an improved clinch knot. The most productive fishing is found by coming into the heads of the streams from the Blue Ridge...

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Smallmouth Bass Streams Fly Fishing Report March 7, 2017

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We are catching some nice smallmouth bass now by fishing deeply in the slow sections of the smallmouth bass rivers. The Murray's Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4, Murray's Olive Marauder size 6 and Murray's Magnum Darter Streamer size 4 are all very effective. Fish these very slowly by stripping them six inches every twenty seconds. Excellent water on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is downstream from access point #5 (Chapman's Landing). Excellent water on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River is access point #11 (Seakford).

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