Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
Winter tactics are in play for another 2 months. Right now we are dealing with very high and dirty water conditions.
The Shenandoah and James are both running very large and dirty right now. With more rain in the forecast today it will likely be a week before we can get back out in search of a winter musky.
The booking calendar for 2020 is already filling up for prime bass fishing. Prespawn fishing really turns early to 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!
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
The mountain streams continue to get recharged from these weekly rain events.
Rainy and cold conditions are in the mix until the end of the weekend when temps will return to the 50’s during the day. Brook trout fishing should be excellent next week as water levels normalize a bit and daytime temperatures warm up a bit. The fishing over the past few weeks has been good. Small sized streamers in 8-10 and large nymphs in 10-14 have been essential to get fish to key in while water levels are high. It is time to get out your gear and take inventory. We should start seeing dry flies popping in about 1 month from now. More anglers should be hitting the mountain streams next week so we should be getting many more reports from the region.
For those venturing into the woods to fish for brook trout it is recommended to avoid wading through the gravel areas where brook trout eggs are waiting to hatch over the next month or two. Wading over large rocks, boulders, bedrock, along areas of the creek that are dry most of the winter, and fishing from the bank will ensure you aren’t disturbing the next generation of brook trout.
Choosing runs and pockets to fish!
Mini golden retrievers are perfect for big pools with calm water when a stealthy presentation is key.
Our buddy Thom with a classic Mossy Creek brown on a large streamer.
We have enjoyed some excellent streamer fishing the past few days but the dry fly action was good early last week prior to the big rains. BWO’s and midges are hatching during the afternoon hours and fish have been willing to take them. Now we have high off color conditions again and rain today will keep water volumes at bank full for another couple days. Right now Mossy has about 3 feet of visibility and the streamer fishing should be pretty good. We are in a cold front situation right now and it will be VERY cold into Saturday. Vary your retrieve this week. Start with fast aggressive strips. This technique worked best last week under overcast conditions. You could not strip your fly fast enough. However, during cold fronts you will likely need to slow down your presentation. Heavy flies like Near Nuff Sculpins fished slowly along the bottom can produce big fish. There are also a lot of crayfish along the banks of Mossy right now. Clawdads in brown, black, black/blue will take big fish. We look forward to warmer weather next week and hopefully a continuation of dry fly fishing!
Recent spikes in water volume and decrease in clarity should provide for some excellent streamer fishing this week especially on the overcast and rainy days. Dirty water conditions allow for heavy leaders and big profile flies. Size 16-18 BWO comparaduns, parachutes, griffiths gnats, adams parachutes, and other small midge patterns have been taking fish that are sipping dries off the surface. 3 or 4 weights with long 5-6x leaders will work with any of those dries. Utilize these tactics on Mossy Creek, Beaver Creek, Spring Run, Susie Q Farm, and Buffalo Creek through the winter months. Susie Q Farm has recently been stocked again and and has excellent water flow. Management of this water is changing for 2020. Fees have gone up slightly but it is being stocked a lot more than in the past. Call or email to book your guided trip or private water experience today!
Most productive streamers- Complex Twist Buggers, Bunny Muddlers, Sculpinators, Conehead sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Tequeely’s, Kreelex, Triple Doubles, and Lead Eye Buggers.
Wayne out scouting fish on a day off.
Not a bad way to spend a winter day!
Mossy Creek has been in perfect condition for fishing large streamers.
The public section of Mossy Creek Thursday morning 2/13/2020
Managed Trout Water
Go find your wild!
Water levels are running high on many streams right now. Keep an eye on the USGS gauges through the weekend. VDGIF has been out stocking in February-
Back Creek, Cowpasture, Spring Run, Jackson River, Tye, Upper Passage, Cub Run, and the NF Shenandoah are just a few. We have all of the split shot, indicators, attractor flies, leaders, and tippet you need to be successful on the stocked trout streams. Water flow should normalize early next week and conditions should be excellent across the commonwealth!
Get outdoors and enjoy the winter season with us!