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Virginia Fly Fishing Report 5/20/18

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Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.

Flooding water is the theme of the week. Every local river and stream is now up and running dirty.

The James and Shenandoah Rivers

The Shenandoah, James, New, Potomac, and Rappahannock are all rising and many tributaries are flooding. It will be at least 10 days with no rain before we are fishing for smallmouth, musky, or carp on our warm water rivers. It is unfortunate that we likely lost what was looking like a very successful spawn from our smallmouth bass. We are not sure if the largemouth dropped eggs yet but we will hopefully see fish spawn after this high water event. Keep a close eye on the USGS gauges for realtime streamflow updates. We will keep everyone posted as to when we can safely begin fishing again.

USGS Realtime Streamflow is a critical website to let you know what the water levels are doing on our major waterways. Click the image and bookmark the VA site.

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

Mountain streams should be back to great levels in about 3 days with no additional rainfall. There is flooding occurring even on the top of some mountain streams right now. Be safe out there!

The fishing had really started to be the best of the year over the past few weeks. This recent rainfall will ensure good water flows for the next 3-4 weeks at least as we enter the summer season. This should also ensure excellent water flows for the green drake hatch around Memorial Day weekend. We will be out scouting the mountain streams early next week once water levels drop a bit.

Skidmore Fork above Switzer Reservoir is a great place to fish if all other rivers are blown out. This is usually one of the 1st streams to clear up.

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Spring Creeks

Mossy was one of the only creeks fishable on Saturday and it produced a high water beauty!

Beaver Creek, Mossy Creek, Spring Run, Buffalo Creek, and Smith Creek at Susie Q Farm are all running very full. All are being monitored carefully as they are all running high. All but Mossy and too high or unsafe to fish as of Saturday afternoon. The forecast is showing rainfall will slowdown for the next few days. We expect Beaver Creek to be online by Tuesday or Wednesday, and Smith Creek by mid week. Mossy is fishable but it very high and dirty. We will likely be fishing streamers all week until levels drop to a suitable level for fish to see dry flies again. Until then, be safe and stick some big ones!

Wayne’s clients caught some stunning browns this week in the rainy overcast weather.

Grab the 6wts and load heavy on big streamers as it is looking like high water will stick around for a while.

Beaver Creek is running surprisingly clear but is way too big to wade or fish safely.

It is not uncommon for the spring creeks to clear up days or even hours after big rain events.

Managed Trout Water

High brown water is everywhere after the flooding rains. Be safe out there!

All of our local streams and lakes have been stocked for the spring. We will provide updates throughout the week as these fisheries come back online and are safe to fish.

VDGIF has been busy this spring stocking your favorite freestone streams and lakes. Sugar Hollow Reservoir, Mint Springs, Pedlar River, Elkhorn Lake, Braley Pond, Sherando Lake, North River DH, South River DH, Spring Run, South River SRA, Douthat, Jackson River at Hidden Valley and Poor Farm, Back Creek DH, Bullpasture, Cowpasture, Hardware River DH, Rose River, Hughes River, Robinson River, Tye River, Hawksbill Creek, Maury River, Silver Lake, Hone Quarry, Briery Branch, Stony Creek, Mill Creek, and Passage Creek DH should keep you busy if you are in our area! Stock up on crystal buggers, golden retrievers, kreelex, slump busters, and a variety of attractor nymph patterns in size 12-16 for these VA managed streams. Don’t forget your strike indicators and split shot!