Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
What? Nice rainbow on a recent float trip. This one may be musky bait soon.
Have you ever floated the Shenandoah River? Come experience this beautiful river with us.
High and cooler than average water has kept fishing from really busting open this year so far but we are on the brink of great weather and water conditions. A storm late last night put a slug of mud in the South Fork that will last a few days. We anticipate great fishing by the weekend and beyond. Topwater fishing is getting better by the day but should crank up as it normally does in early July. The big largemouth have moved into their summer spots on big log jams and deadfalls in along the banks. Big smallmouth have been slow to follow suit but should be leaving the dominant current seams and ledges soon to search for bugs along the shade lines. We are anxiously anticipating the topwater bug season. Musky fishing has been prolonged this year with cooler than average water temps in June. We expect water temps to breach the mid 70’s in the next 10 days but will continue to monitor temps to ensure responsible fishing for the Shenandoah’s top predator. Boogle Bugs, Crittermites, Clawdads, CK baitfish, Wiggle Minnows, Murdich, Clousers, and Umpqua Swimming Frogs should be in everyones boxes for the next few weeks of fishing!
We are booking the last remaining dates in July and August and September are filling up for our peak summer season. Give us a call 540-434-2444 or email email@example.com 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!
Our buddy Robert with a good one from a trip in early June.
Big fish like this have been holding under heavy current feeding heavily on minnows.
Nick with a great smallmouth from this week.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Giant brook trout caught by our buddy Tom on a trip out to Dry River early in June.
It was a great run with over 400 days of good fishing and water levels up in the mountains of Virginia. The wet spell has finally gone and normal hot dry weather has returned for the summer. Water levels are starting to look a bit pitiful on most of our local mountain streams. Dry River, North River, and Ramsey’s Draft are starting to pool up. Without any measurable rainfall in sight we may be taking a break from the brook trout for a while. Keep an eye out for big afternoon thunderstorms and rainfall this summer as brook trout fishing will quickly fire up once water flows are restored. For those still looking for some quality fishing, stick to the larger drainages like the Rapidan and Jeremey’s Run and enjoy it while it lasts! Ants, little yellow stones, and beetles have been working well.
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.
Warm dry weather has taken over lately and the spring creeks are turning on for the summer season! The trico hatches are thick most mornings and some small sulphurs and BWO’s are coming off in the evening hours. Japanese beetles are out in full force now and hoppers are emerging. Terrestrial fishing has been getting better and better by the day. Fishing a dropper off a hopper pattern like a size 14-16 pheasant tail, ck, iron lotus, mayhem jig, or psycho prince has also been producing fish. The rainy overcast days and early and late low light periods of the day are still providing good streamer fishing. Trico patterns in size 18-20 are working in the morning hours. Swap out for a comparadun BWO in a size 18 or 20 for the evening hatch. 5x and a size 14 beetle or 3x and a large PMX will be key for the afternoon hours. Be stealthy with your approach as the water is very clear most days. Stay low and make precise casts to your target. The fishing will become more technical the longer we go without significant rainfall.
Most productive streamers- Complex Twist Buggers, Bunny Muddlers, Sculpinators, Conehead sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Tequeely’s, Kreelex, Triple Doubles, and Lead Eye Buggers.
Dry droppers have been working well. Sight fishing big fish with zebra midges has also been a rewarding way to fish lately.
We had a lot of happy anglers at the 12th annual Mossy Creek Invitational this year!
What do you think the fish will be feasting on this month??
Managed Trout Water
Big summertime rainbow!
VDGIF is done stocking for the spring and the DH streams are open to harvest. South River, Back Creek, The Jackson, Bullpasture, and Spring Run will continue to fish well while they have decent water flows. We will be giving trout fishing a break during this upcoming heat wave and taking advantage of the warm water opportunities. If you do head out to the trout streams give these flies a try- Psycho Prince, CK Nymphs, Crystal Buggers, Kreelex, and San Juan Worms