Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
This picture sums up most of our smallmouth season. High water has plagued Virginia for most of the year.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
Wow. It is hard to continue to post the same sad news about the warm water fishing season here in the Shenandoah Valley. The James and Shenandoah Rivers have been high and dirty for a majority of the year now. We are hopeful that we might see a few nice days before the smallmouth season is completely over. Hopefully the musky fishing will give us some action this coming fall season. Current conditions are looking ugly for at least another week. The flooding from hurricane Florence was pretty intense. The South Fork Shenandoah spiked to 40,000 cubic feet per second, a level that hasn’t been hit in years. We will post updates once the river is at a level that is safe to fish again.
Our guides are modifying schedules to allow for more open dates to accommodate anglers through October. If you are looking for a float trips, availability is very limited, but we have opened up some days.
Remembering the quality days we had is the only thing keeping us sane at this point. Here is the 26″ beast caught a few weeks ago by Richard Foust.
Middle River jumped its banks and covered some roads.
More nasty high water.
Mossy flooded again but not half as bad the flash flood event last month.
We are hopeful we can get onto a few more of these big fish before the season ends.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
It is about that time the brook trout will be colored up and ready for spawn!
Big water is currently pumping in the mountain streams. Many were out of their banks and flowing through the woods. North River washed over the forest road up by Elkhorn in spots but the road is still passable. Dry River was raging through the woods and breached the levy wall along Bridgewater. The Shenandoah National Park streams were also flowing way out of their banks. Many of the small mountain streams are still running high but fishable pockets can be found. Please keep your eye on the radar and local forecasts as we do have rain in the forecast for the next 10 days. Enjoy the great fishing up in the mountains once water levels continue return to normal safe flows.
The brook trout fishing should continue to be great after water levels continue to recede from the recent floods.
Get Geared Up
The rainbows out at Beaver Creek haven’t had much pressure this summer and the high water has kept them happy and fat!
The high water roller coaster continues! We have been getting a lot of use out of our sink tip lines lately. High water flows demand heavy lines and big flies to get to the fish. Load up on kreelex, clousers, crystal buggers, murdich minnows, and other big water flies for next few weeks. Normally our trico hatch and terrestrial fishing is still strong this time of year but it is looking like high water is going to stick around for a while. We have rain in the forecast for the next 10 days so be prepared to continue fishing streamers. Get your foul weather gear out and enjoy the cooler weather ahead.
A spring creek rainbow that couldn’t resist the Umpqua Swimming Minnow!
The big fish have been coming to play in the high water.
Managed Trout Water
VDGIF begins stocking streams again on October 1. It is looking like there will be plenty of water in our local streams for good fishing. Now is a great time to gear up and load boxes for the upcoming season.