Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The flooding has left us to putting our boats on lakes and fishing to grass carp all while we wait for the rivers to clear up and drop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
It is going to be a while before we are able to fish the Shenandoah and James Rivers. Keep an eye on the USGS gauges to ensure the rivers are at a safe level before heading out as we do have a threat of afternoon thunderstorms again over the weekend. We hope we will have a chance to kick off our smallmouth season next week once water levels drop. Reports will be coming in as soon as our crew is out on the water again.
It has been 3 full days since the rain has quit and the rivers are all very slow to drop. We are hoping to be able to fish the Shenandoah again by Sunday or next Monday.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
The highest elevation streams have been full of water and fishing well between surges from recent rains.
Stay safe up in the mountains as many streams are still flowing too strong for good fishing. Dry River is still rocking too much for good fishing today. We are hoping Ramseys, Dry River, and North River will be in good shape by Friday and the weekend! Stay tuned for flood damage reports as anglers make way back into the mountains.
Get Geared Up
Mossy was hundreds of yards wide in spots earlier last week when water levels spiked.
Spring Run and Buffalo Creek should be back online and Mossy is fishable but still dirty as of this morning. Beaver Creek and Smith Creek are still way too high for safe fishing as of this afternoon. We are hopeful that everything will be clearing up and at quality levels by the weekend. Trico hatches had just started to get thick so we are hopeful for some good dry fly fishing by next week. Until then, stay tuned for reports and enjoy the early summer streamer fishing!
The public stretch of Mossy gave up quite a few fish over the weekend despite nasty weather conditions.
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. Reporting has been a challenge lately as much of the recent rainfall has been very localized. Flooding is occurring in very specific spots. For instance, North River above Elkhorn is in decent shape while North River in Bridgwater is flooding. Heavy Rain and the potential for tropical weather this week will make it difficult to report on all surrounding VDGIF managed waters. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.
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!