Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
Sometimes you get a surprise when musky fishing! Here is Denise with a nice smallmouth that crushed a musky fly on the Shenandoah.
CLAWDADS, CK BAITFISH, and HALF and HALFs! These flies are still in play for the next few weeks while big male smallmouth guard nests. We expect a transition period towards the early part of June when bass will abandon their fry and migrate to their summer lies. Fishing can be a bit tough with high water flows and no specific spots to target these fish. We typically fish for large musky, largemouth bass, and carp for this time period. We catch plenty of smallmouth bass on these days but they are not as easy to pattern as they will be later in June. Monitor water levels and adjust the size or weight of your fly accordingly. Above average flows may require the use of heavy, large profile flies. Once water levels drop and the rivers clean up sometimes downsizing from a size 1/0 fly to a size 2 might be all you need…not to mention they are easy to cast. The same flies will be in play through summer but you should be planning on taking plenty of topwater flies as the rivers clean up. Diving frogs, minnows, and poppers will produce fish this time of year but the topwater bite will continue to improve as water levels drop and visibility improves. 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.
We are coming up on our peak musky fishing season! Let our expert guides put you on your next freshwater trophy!
Musky fishing is firing up early this year! We typically see this spike in activity in late May early June when water temps hit the mid to upper 60’s. Musky feed ravenously at their metabolic peak water temps around 70 degrees. Be prepared for some great fishing over the next few weeks! Our guides will be busy this season but we do have some peak season availability for those looking to expand their horizons and target a new exciting species! 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!
Who likes stalking carp in shallow water? We do we do!
The carp fishing is firing up as water temps are perfect and we have had a few days with decent visibility. We will be out more and more as visibility conditions improve! Call or email us with questions if you are interested in fishing for carp or would like to go on a guided trip to specifically target these challenging fish.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
The incredible dry fly fishing continues in the Shenandoah Valley!
The mountain trout fishing continues to be excellent. We haven’t received a bad report in 2 months! Water temps are perfect and the insect activity has been great. We are anxiously awaiting the green drake hatch in a few weeks. We are already seeing a few here and there. If you are running short on your favorite dry flies or nymphs, we have tens of thousands of flies in stock! Here are a few streams that have been fishing very well over the past few weeks. 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 Dry River. Take plenty of nymphs, streamers, split shot, and strike indicators to get the job done in the deeper runs and pools. Stimulators, Parachute 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.
Dry droppers have been taking fish on the spring creeks when they have been running clear.
Browns are rising many mornings to tricos as the swarms of insects continue to get thicker and thicker!
The trico hatches on our local creeks are bigger than we have seen in years. The clouds of bugs are huge and the fish are tuning into them most calm mornings. The sulphur hatch in the evening has been strong and the green drakes coming in a few weeks will help add to the evening fishing. BIG flies like the PMX, Stimulators, and Para Drakes are great as indicator flies right now as fish are still readily taking nymphs. CLAWDADS, HOME INVADERS, NEAR NUFF SCULPINS, and KREELEX are still hot flies. You can find all of our favorite STREAMERS on our online store. South River upper, Spring Run, Buffalo Creek, Mossy Creek, Beaver Creek, and Smith Creek continue to produce nice fish. The weather will cool down a bit over the next few days so get out and enjoy the perfect weather!
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!
A great spring day on a local spring creek with guide Bob Cramer.
Managed Trout Water
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be out stocking for just a few more weeks before summer arrives. Get out and take advantage of the good fishing while it lasts!
Great fishing continues on North River DH, Elkhorn Lake, South River DH, South River Special Regulation Area, The Bullpasture, Spring Run, The Jackson, Back Creek, Douthat Lake, Passage Creek, Maury, and The Tye River. Keep an eye on the VDGIF site for updates over the next 2 weeks! Attractor nymphs and streamers will take the newly stocked fish and the holdover fish will target natural dry flies that are hatching. Dead drifted crystal buggers, golden retrievers, squirmy worms, san juans, thin mints, egg patterns, ck nymphs, and psycho prince nymphs are working well. Slump busters, kreelex, near nuff sculpins, and other attractor streamers are working well swung or stripped rapidly on warm overcast days. Have fun and enjoy the last part of the season!