Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
Winter weather gave us a visit earlier this week but left us with great water levels.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
Water levels are up again from the winter storm last week. It may be another week before levels drop back to quality flows for musky fishing. The good news is most of the leaf litter is gone thanks to the storm. The 10 day forecast is showing quality weather without any rainfall. We are hoping that we will be back fishing around Thanksgiving weekend and that the fishing conditions will stabilize a bit for the first time this year….fingers crossed! The days we have been out we have found musky in their typical winter holes. We will have updates again once we are back out fishing again. For those looking for guided trips December is typically an excellent month if we aren’t completely frozen. We have some weekday availability through December.
If you are interested in pursuing the baddest freshwater predator in VA, give us a call. Our guides are great at introducing anglers to fishing for musky.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Its not a fish from the mountains but here is a large spring creek brook trout caught while nymph fishing for rainbows on Beaver Creek.
This certainly was the year of the brook trout and we hope the trend continues on for the next few seasons. Big brook trout were reported from all of our local streams- Dry River, Skidmore Fork, Switzer Reservoir, North River, Ramsey’s Draft, and many of the Shenandoah National Park streams over the past few months. Water levels are still great and hopefully these fisheries will experience above average spawning this fall. Things are already looking great for spring of 2019!
Get Geared Up
Another beastly brown on Mossy Creek sent in from a happy angler last week!
Water levels are great and the creek is flowing mostly clear right now. Some fish are still spawning and if you witness any fish paired up in the shallow gravel areas, please leave them alone. Many of the big browns that have already spawned will be found in their old haunts below undercuts, log jams, and deep trenches in the weeds. Anglers fishing large streamers right now are having success moving the big fish. Drunk and Disorderly’s, Zuddlers, Complex Twist Buggers, Rascals, CH Sculpins, Woolhead Sculpins, and Kreelex have all been great patterns. Retrievers, crystal buggers, jigged nymphs, and squirmies have been working well below a strike indicator. Fish short heavy leaders in 0-2X with your big streamers and fluorocarbon tippet in 4-5X with your nymphs and small streamers. Cover water and target the overcast/rainy days if you can. We anticipate midge and blue wing olive hatches to become a significant part of our fishing here in a few weeks as things continue to cool down.
Beaver Creek has spring like water flows and is about to be heavily stocked again. Fishing has been great this fall and a fresh load of fish should ensure great action through the holiday season. Kreelex, Retrievers, Crystal Buggers, Zuddlers, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Frenchies, Psycho Prince, Eggs, San Juans, and Squirmies have all been producing fish. Wake up early if you want to fish Beaver Creek as the permits have been under extremely high demand lately.
Susie Q Farm is open and has been fishing very well when it hasn’t been running high and dirty. Susie Q will be heavily stocked again this coming week and should provide excellent fishing into the new year. We look forward to great dry fly fishing this winter once our midge and BWO hatches fire up. Until then we are focusing on our nymph and streamer game while water levels drop. Slump busters, Near Nuff Sculpin, Thin Mints, and Orange Blossom Specials have been working well along with a series of attractor nymphs in size 10-14. Book your day at Susie Q Farm today.
Streamer eater from the winter storm.
The rainbows on Mossy have been more agreeable these days while the browns go through their spawning motions.
Making new friends on Beaver Creek.
Bob introducing new anglers to old friends.
Managed Trout Water
The Fall fishing season is officially here! Get out in the woods and enjoy some amazing fishing right now.
VDGIF is out stocking in full force now. Rivers, streams, and lakes are at excellent levels for this time of year and the fishing has been great. North River Delayed Harvest, North River Gorge, North River at Natural Chimney’s, Elkhorn, South River, Braley Pond, and Sherando in Augusta County have been stocked. Hone Quarry, Briery Branch, South River, Silver Lake and the North Fork Shenandoah in Rockingham, and the Jackson River, Back Creek Delayed Harvest, Spring Run, Bullpasture, and Cowpasture in Highland and Bath Counties have been stocked. Check out Robinson, Hughes, Tye, Hawksbill, and Passage Creek as well. Load heavy on your attractor patterns and don’t forget your split shot and indicators for the high water on many of these streams right now.