Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
Bob went out to scout some spring time smallmouth bass water and found a few big friends!
CLAWDADS, CK BAITFISH, and HALF and HALFs! These are the flies that are helping us produce the big smallmouth during the spring season. Try the size 2 clawdads, large baitfish, and size 2/0 or 1/0 half and half flies. Take your 7 and 8 weight rods and 12-16 pound fluorocarbon tippet material. We have a week or so before the large fish abandon their spawning areas and start their migration to their summer haunts. Fishing over the next few weeks should be good with this nice warm weather strengthening the bite. Please remember to fish responsibly through this time period. If you catch a fish guarding a nest or in a spawning area, please release the fish quickly. Other predators like sunfish and rockbass will attack the black fry in the nests and we need to ensure a good spawn this year! Want the best info on how to catch bass during April and May in VA? Check out my podcast with the MAN Tom Rosenbauer.
Jacob with a nice Shenandoah River musky he landed before work on Sunday.
The musky bite is turning on early this year as water temps have gone from 50’s to upper 60’s in just a week. Summer like conditions have these fish in a frenzy right now. Many fish still have some spawning scars and battle wounds so please handle fish carefully. Large rods, flies, and full sink lines are in play right now with water flows being slightly above average. We have some musky flies in the shop tied by Shane Maybush and we have all of the lines and leader material you will need to properly rig for musky. Stop in and get geared up for the season. The bite is on!
Shane holding a musky for Brian K. on a trip last week. The bite is on folks!
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
The brook trout fishing continues to be incredible. We have about a month of quality water left from the spring rains so get out and enjoy it while we are in peak season!
Great reports are still flying in from Madison Run, Paine Run, N. Fork of the Mormon’s, Jeremey’s Run, Ramsey’s Draft, Rapidan, Hughes, Conway, Big Run, North River, Skidmore Fork and of course Dry River. We had more Tenkara trips and wild brookie trips this week that resulted in over 50 fish caught in just a few hours all on dry flies. Now is the time to get out and enjoy the perfect warm weather and great water flows. Take plenty of nymphs, streamers, split shot, and strike indicators to get the job done in the deeper runs and pools. Stimulators and Wulff style patterns are crushing fish everywhere. Suphurs are popping and stones and caddis are everywhere but the fish are eating just about everything in sight right now. Load heavy on dry flies, floatant and have a great time! Interested in taking your mountain trout fishing to the next level and simplifying your life? Give Tenkara fishing a try. We will just say it is simple, fun, and extremely effective. Eliminate drag on your dry flies and nymphs and you will be surprised how you find yourself catching more and larger fish! Join the madness today! We have the largest selection of Tenkara rods, lines, gear, and information in the mid Atlantic.
Susie Q Farm on Smith Creek has been booked solid for the past month and it has been producing some wonderful fishing action every day!
Big browns are still being caught on Mossy Creek most days. Here is a nice 18″ fish going back home.
CLAWDADS, HOME INVADERS, NEAR NUFF SCULPINS, and KREELEX are still hot flies. You can find all of our favorite STREAMERS on our online store. The dry fly action is slowly picking up as the trico clouds and sulphurs continue to get thick. We will begin seeing big green drakes in a few weeks toward the end of May. Once the drakes get active on our local creeks the big fish really start looking up. Be prepared with BIG flies like the PMX, Stimulators, and Para Drakes. These are great flies to prospect the creeks especially with a nymph dropper. South River upper, Spring Run, Buffalo Creek, Mossy Creek, Beaver Creek, and Smith Creek continue to produce nice fish. We are taking dry fly and streamer rods with us just about every day to be prepared for any situation.
Help us spread the word folks!!!! – GET YOUR MOSSY CREEK, BUFFALO CREEK, and SOUTH RIVER PERMITS ONLINE 24/7 FREE!!! CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK!!! BEAVER CREEK PERMITS HAVE CHANGED LOCATION! Store name: 257 Grocery Store location: 6939 Briery Branch Road, Dayton, VA. This store is located 2 miles from the Ottobine Country Store. If on 257 at the intersection at Ottobine, take a left and remain on Rt 257. Cross Beaver Creek and follow for just over 1 mile. 257 Grocery will be on your left. This store opens at 5AM on weekdays and 6AM on Saturdays. They have the 4 permits for $10 like before. They are a great family owned store. Buy breakfast or lunch and we can be sure the permits will have a permanent home! Thanks for everyone’s patience through this short transition. And thanks to 257 Grocery for taking management of the permits!
Gabe with a great fish from Smith Creek on his birthday!
Managed Trout Water
Float Master Steve V. with a great rainbow trout taken on a nymph.
All of our favorite state stocked streams are back to good visibility and levels. There are some thunderstorms in the forecast so always keep an eye on the USGS realtime streamflow gauges before you head out. VDGIF is updating their fish stocking page daily. Attractor streamers and nymphs will take these stocked fish through the spring season. Be prepared to fish split shot or sink tip lines later this week as water levels are still a bit high. Don’t overlook some of our lake fisheries. Elkhorn for instance has been producing fish over 5 pounds on streamer patterns fished deep! Although some of these lakes may be stained from recent rains, once they clear up they should fish well into the summer months! Enjoy the next month of our State managed waters folks! It has been a great spring season so far!