Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
Who is ready for GIANT season? Book now for the peak winter season now through February.
Reflecting on summer…It is never too early to book your 2020 trip. Join us for a summer of fun on the James and Shenandoah Rivers.
The leaf litter is thinning on the South Fork but windy days can still create issues with a lot of leaves interfering with presentation. Fishing on Monday was quite pleasant with temps near 60 and sunny. We were able to sight fish to a few musky and found some big bass in their winter holes. The weather gets brutal for a few days this week and then will normalize a bit over the weekend. Look for overcast days to be the most productive especially while the water levels are low and the rivers are crystal clear. 10-11 weight rods, sinking lines, heavy terminal tackle, and big flies are in play for the cold season. Stop by or reach out if you have any questions on pursuing these large predators.
The booking calendar for 2020 is already filling up for prime bass fishing. Prespawn fishing really turns on around April 5-10. Anytime before then we can catch fish but historically productivity gets better mid April. Peak spawn generally occurs late April through mid May. Spawn can be delayed by cool water temps or flooding. We have seen black fry and males guarding nests in early June many times. Peak fishing runs May-September. Weekends are already filling up as are prime fishing windows. Reserve your trip today!
Give us a call 540-434-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book your float trip!
Topwater bug fishing generally heats up in late June but will peak late July into September.
Looking to expand your horizons next year? Carp, musky, and gar like this one are all great species to chase on our warm water rivers.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Reports are that redds are visible everywhere on local brook trout streams and fish are being seen actively spawning.
The spawn is on right now and we have opted to give the brook trout a much deserved break from fishing for a while. Redds are very visible right now and fish can be found staged up or actively spawning right now. Water levels look pretty good right now and hopefully we can dodge any extreme high or frozen water through the winter months to ensure good recruitment for next year. Remember eggs will incubate on the stream bed for months after spawn. If you do plan to fish through the winter please take care where you walk and wade!
Looking forward to chasing these fish again in a few months.
The brown trout are fat and happy and enjoying better than average water levels in the spring creeks.
The spring creeks are fishing well right now. Mossy has been running a bit turbid allowing for some good streamer fishing. The fishing has been noticeably better on overcast days and more challenging mid day in the sun. Jig and euro style nymphs and tungsten bead midges have been working well on picky fish. When the sun comes out if the fishing gets tough, go deep with a nymph and fish along sheltering lies and shady areas. Beaver Creek and Smith Creek are in good shape right now. Beaver Creek was recently stocked and permits are still in high demand. Swinging streamers and dredging nymphs will be in play all winter. Keep an eye out for midge and BWO hatches. BWO’s typically are most thick on calm, overcast days in the late afternoon hours. Mid week will see some very cold fishing weather but conditions look great for the weekend and early next week!
Most productive streamers- Complex Twist Buggers, Bunny Muddlers, Sculpinators, Conehead sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Tequeely’s, Kreelex, Triple Doubles, and Lead Eye Buggers.
Denise with one of dozens of great fish from over the weekend.
Want to up your streamer game? Kelly Galloup will be holding court at the fly shop Saturday, Dec 7 at our winter open house. Come by and see us at this free event!
Contact nymphing? What is that? The master, George Daniel will also be at our Dec 7 Open house helping everyone understand the intricacies of this popular way to fish.
Managed Trout Water
Spring Run is one of VDGIF’s managed streams that is currently stocked and fishing well.
VDGIF will be able to stock more rivers and streams with this rainfall. Your favorite western VA streams are full of fish- Back Creek, Jackson, Bullpasture, Cowpasture, and Spring Run have been fishing well. We anticipate North River DH and the gorge to be stocked this week once water bumps up. Check the VDGIF website for updates and load up on split shot, indicators, and attractor nymphs and streamers for the fall season!