Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
Our buddy Danny started the day off right with this Shenandoah smallmouth bass.
Enjoying our 60-100 fish days now on the Shenandoah.
The heat wave will continue though mid week this week and then we will reset to the mid 80s during the day here by the weekend. This also means we have some unstable air this week and the threat of severe weather, gusty winds, hail, and heavy rain. Keep an eye on afternoon thunderstorms! We will keep you posted on water levels, clarity, flows, and fishing conditions as they change this week. For now we have perfect conditions with water levels just above average flow with temps in the 80s and very aggressive fish. The topwater bite has been great and fish are eating poppers, swimming minnows, wiggle minnows, diving frogs, and other deer hair bugs. When the fish aren’t looking up we are fishing the usual crayfish and baitfish patterns. Dobsonflies were out this week and we see a lot of fresh egg masses on overhanging vegetation. As a result the crittemite fly has been on fire lately. This is the BEST hellgrammite pattern that is currently available. It is great for big bass, catfish, or carp! Fish the crittemite like the clawdad, slow and along the bottom. Mend your line to keep the fly from dragging unnaturally.
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Want to take your smallmouth game to the next level? Colby has completed a facebook live session with Tom Rosenbauer discussing smallmouth bass fishing and focused on fishing this time of year and the appropriate flies to have in your stash. See the entire interview by clicking this link- https://www.facebook.com/orvisflyfishing/videos/252577742558343/ !
August is full for float trips. We do have a waitlist available for anyone that wants first dibs on a last minute opening. Reservations continue to fly in and requests are at an all time high. September is now filling up rapidly. Please call 540-434-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your day. We apologize if it has been difficult to get through on the phone during normal store hours. Our phone has been ringing non-stop lately with the surge of anglers, orders, and deliveries.
Ari is getting used to mom catching big smallmouth.
Our Shenandoah River sunfish are finishing up round 2 of spawning. You could find hundreds of nests all over the South Fork over the past 2 months.
Great numbers of bald eagles on the rivers this year. We counted 5 in this tree(2 not in the photo).
Big crayfish and hellgrammite patterns are producing big numbers for us right now.
Insane numbers of damselflies and dragonflies this year! Blue is always a hot color for topwater bugs!
Drop big flies on woodpiles and be patient! The big bass will come to investigate your fly!
Trow tube wins again against picky fish!
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Water temps are spiking during this summer heat wave. Upper 60’s and near 70 on Ramsey’s Draft.
You can still catch brookies up in the mountains but water levels are getting low and the fish are spooky! Dry River, Skidmore Fork, North River, and Ramsey’s Draft are running very low. Fish are starting to stack up in community pools for the hot season. We will be giving them a break and fully focusing on the warmwater rivers until we get a good shot of rain and some cooler weather.
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North River just hit its summer low of just a few cubic feet of flow per second.
Beetlemania is here! Get in on the action while we have good water flow, temps, and plenty of bugs to keep the fish happy!
Not much change in conditions or fishing on the spring creeks! Mossy Creek has been insanely good early mornings from sunup until around 11am.
Trico swarms continue to grow and you can now fish the emergence at dawn and the spinnerfall between 7-8am. Ants, beetles, and juvenile hoppers are coating the stream side vegetation. This can be an excellent time of year to catch big fish on dry flies. Temps will be very hot in the afternoon hours so you will find better fishing very early or late and you will also be much more comfortable fishing during those times. Afternoon thunderstorms provide overcast conditions and can bring about high dirty water for short periods of time. We generally find these storms can bring about some great streamer fishing once the water stains so don’t leave your streamer rods at home! Mossy, Beaver, and Susie Q Farm should continue to fish well as long as we maintain good water flows!
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The hot flies have been- Complex Twist Buggers, Bunny Muddlers, Sculpinators, Conehead sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Kreelex, Baby Gongas, Triple Doubles, and Lead Eye Buggers. If you have questions on how we are hosting our guided trips we would be happy to discuss. Reserve your time on the spring creeks by giving us a call 540-434-2444 or email email@example.com
Another big brown falling victim to a terrestrial.
Beat the heat and fish very early, late, or after a thunderstorm.
Managed Trout Water
Streams are dropping and getting warm. Trout fishing will likely slow down on the smaller and warmer rivers.
VDGIF is no longer stocking their managed trout waters. The larger drainages like the Jackson, Back Creek, Bullpasture, Cowpasture, and North River will continue to fish well for another few weeks. These streams will likely start to become marginal by mid July through August. West VA has some great streams that are fishing well right now like the South Branch and North Branch of the Potomac and the Elk. Give those a try for some early summer action or hit the warmwater streams for peak summer fishing!