Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
Who is ready to fish? We haven’t been more excited for the next 10 days of fishing than the last 2 years. Finally we have clear skies, clear water, and a relatively clear forecast! It’s smallmouth time!
High water plagued most of our prespawn fishing in April but we did manage a few great days on the South Fork. There are still a few fish guarding fry so take care when you are fishing this week!
The large smallmouth have all spawned and many have left the nesting sites and will begin their migration to their summer haunts over the next few weeks as the water levels drop and temps warm up. Topwater fishing is about to turn on as dragonflies and damselflies become more abundant. Minnow patterns will help search the riffles and seams, crayfish and madtom patterns will be great in the slow eddies, and topwater bugs will begin working along the weed lines and shallow banks. We will be out every day this week and our fleet is looking to have a very busy season. Stay tuned for reports. Get those 6-8 weight rods out, replace those fly lines, and organize those fly boxes. The ‘float season’ has arrived!
We are booking June-September for our peak season. Give us a call 540-434-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book your float trip!
Load up on the industries best flies here- Clawdads, Crittermites, Ck Baitfish, Wiggle Minnows, Clousers, Topwater Bugs, and more!
One of dozens of nests we counted on a trip in late April. We found most were abandoned or had males guarding fry.
Cramer with a classic Shenandoah smallmouth
The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is one of the prettiest rivers in Virginia.
Smallmouth bass- the strongest fighting fish pound for pound in VA. This is the most badass river fish you can catch with a fly rod. Join the fun with us this summer!
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Have you fished up North River, Ramsey’s Draft, Dry River, St. Mary’s or Skidmore Fork? They have all been fishing very well! Enjoy the perfect weather, water levels, and insect activity while it lasts.
We can’t say much more about the mountain trout fishing other than it is as good as it gets! It is time to make time and get out and head into the hills. Reports are excellent from all Shenandoah National Park streams and GW Forest streams. Water levels are right around average or slightly above. The 10 day forecast is showing very little precipitation and warm weather. Get ready for massive drake hatches around Memorial Day! The feeding frenzy will continue into June. Most attractor dry flies like Wulffs, Humpies, Stimulators, and various Caddis patterns are taking fish. Large bead head and jigged nymphs like Psycho Prince, Bloody Mary’s, Hare’s Ears, Pheasant Tails, and Copper Johns are working well. Pat’s Rubber Legs have been a hot fly lately as well.
The brook trout have all been eating very well!!
This season may be the best we have had in years. We hope everyone is enjoying it!
Dry River is the most densely populated brook trout stream in the Mid Atlantic. It is easy to access and the fishing has been great. Stop in the shop for the best advice on fishing Dry!
The big fish are becoming more and more agreeable as the insect activity continues to peak.
Tricos have started in the morning and sulphurs and drakes are ruling the evening hours. The trico hatch has been incredibly thick for this time of year and drake activity is anticipated to be insane by the weekend. The sulphur hatch has been one of the best in a decade. Ants and juvenile hoppers are emerging and will contribute to the epic dry fly fishing. Early mornings, evenings, and overcast days have produced some big fish on streamers. Swung wet flies and soft hackles are also taking good numbers of fish.
Most productive streamers- Complex Twist Buggers, Bunny Muddlers, Sculpinators, Conehead sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Tequeely’s, Kreelex, Triple Doubles, and Lead Eye Buggers.
Beaver Creek has been fishing very well through May. Permits are hard to get on the public stretch but worth trying. We have private water available on Beaver Creek accessible through our guided trips as well.
Classic Mossy Creek brown trout.
Lots of grips and loads of grins this spring!
Managed Trout Water
Springtime is BUG time. Stoneflies, drakes, hendricksons, cahills….it has been an epic few weeks in the mountains.
VDGIF will be stocking for a few more weeks. Reports and best fishing can be found on Back Creek, The Jackson, Bullpasture, Cowpasture, Spring Run, North River, and South River. DH streams will be catch and release for less than a month. Enjoy the peak trout season while it lasts.
A list of our favorite flies?? Here they are! Blow Torch, Jigged Squirmies, Psycho Prince, CK Nymphs, Crystal Buggers, Kreelex, and San Juan Worms are always good choices.