Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
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The Shenandoah is currently running a tad over average flow and the weather looks pretty good through the weekend. Hot days are bringing about some afternoon thunderstorms. Be safe and keep an eye on the radar. Fishing action has been slow in the morning hours but picks up with the afternoon heat. Anglers that focus on the dominant ledge structure mid river are finding the largest smallmouth. Big largemouth can be found on largest deadfalls and timber near deep water. The smallmouth are tuning in to the topwater bite right now. Largemouth are as well and can be caught on large deerhair bugs. The biggest largemouth are taking clawdads and crittermites fished slow along the bottom. Anglers need to try crayfish and baitfish patterns in the morning hours and once bugs start moving around and you see a few fish jumping switch over to topwater bugs. We have found that the flooding and high water last year displaced a lot of fish. Some areas aren’t holding their historic large populations anymore but don’t let that discourage you. While some sections are slower than normal, we are still finding densely populated sections. Anglers will find themselves needing to spend more time searching for these pockets of fish this year.
Our peak smallmouth season wraps up in late September and early October giving us only a few more months of floating! Give us a call 540-434-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book your float trip!
Match the hatch! Smallmouth rarely turn down the clawdad!
We are starting to post some big number days once the afternoon bite cranks up.
One of our favorite fish to pursue with a fly rod.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Dry River is fishing well as we continue to get rain to keep it flowing nicely.
Water flow has its ups and downs in the mountains during the summer months. Recent rainfall has kept streams flowing strong and as a result they are fishing well. Water flow sometimes lasts a few weeks or less and won’t last long under extended periods of hot dry weather. Beetles, ants, and little yellow stoneflies along with attractor dries in size 14-16 have been working well. Most reports from earlier in the week were from anglers having so much success on dry flies we had no reports of nymphs being used. Dry River, North River, and Ramsey’s Draft fished well over the weekend and earlier this week. Keep an eye on the weather and enjoy a cooler day in the mountains after a recent rain. 3 weights, 5-6x leaders and size 14-16 dries and nymphs are the recommended setups.
It has been a great year and we are still catching some big brook trout at North River and Dry River when water flows are up.
Terrestrial season is in full swing!
Reports from Mossy Creek and Beaver Creek have been excellent in the past few weeks. Anglers fishing the trico hatch this week on Mossy had the creek mostly to themselves and enjoying casting to rising fish for hours between 6-10AM. Ants, beetles, hoppers, and cricket patterns are producing fish on all the spring creeks. Nymph droppers will grab the picky fish. There have been some high water events and the streamer fishing has dominated those periods as usual. Kreelex fished fast and aggressively in stained water continues to produce. The tricos on Mossy, Beaver, and Smith have been very consistent most mornings. Soft rods and 7X with pinpoint presentations is a fun strategy for technical summer fishing. Beetles fished on 5-6x with a splat along the overhanging grass will call out the big boys. Mouse patterns and floating minnows fished early morning, in the evenings, and on overcast days are generating some explosive eats. The forecast is showing rain again early next week and we anticipate water flows to continue to be strong through July!
Most productive streamers- Complex Twist Buggers, Bunny Muddlers, Sculpinators, Conehead sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Tequeely’s, Kreelex, Triple Doubles, and Lead Eye Buggers.
Reports continue to be excellent from Beaver Creek. Water flow is strong and the trico hatch has been very consistent.
Fishing from sunup to noon has provided the best action on the spring creeks.
We have had a few days of epic flooding but nothing like last year. Mossy takes about 24 hours to drop and clear up enough for streamer fishing after a big storm.
Managed Trout Water
VDGIF managed streams are still holding some quality fish.
VDGIF is done stocking until October and the DH streams are open to harvest. South River, Back Creek, The Jackson, Bullpasture, and Spring Run continue to fish well. 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