Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
Well the hurricane pretty much missed us last week but the afternoon thunderstorms aren’t leaving us alone! We have a LOT of water flowing through the South Fork right now. It will be at least 5 days before it drops and clears up…
Chocolate milk….Mid summer rain delay.
Cousins…its fun catching a largemouth and smallmouth at the same time!
Alright, it is time to spin up a few flies while we wait for rivers to clear up a bit. We still have a threat of afternoon thunderstorms through most of the week ahead. This could prolong this high water event. Focus on dirty water flies- The Clawdad in black/blue in size 2 is a must have! Some of the largest smallmouth and largemouth we have caught on Shenandoah and James have taken this pattern. The Murdich Minnow is a large profile baitfish pattern that has just the right amount of flash to catch the eye of a big fish in dirty water and will generate a vicious strike. Hellgrammites are active right now as we have seen dobsonflies laying eggs. The Crittermite in size 2 is a top producer this time of year and the large fly is a must for high and stained water. 0X-2X fluorocarbon leaders and tippet will help you cast these big flies and ensure you can fight big fish in heavy current. Stay safe during this storm and we look forward to seeing you all on the water once conditions clean up a bit!
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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 email@example.com 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.
Recapping a few fish we caught during periods of high water. Check out the volume and clarity on the James for this fish.
Big water doesn’t always mean big fish but it can be a great time for it. Here is another monster from a high water day.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Dry River was bone dry between pools last week before the rain.
Wow, what a difference a few days of rain can bring. The Blue Ridge got a good shot 3-4 days ago and the Allegheny range just got hit the last 2 days. Our brook trout streams are up, flowing, and fishing well. Reports flew in once water levels spiked. Dry River, Skidmore Fork, North River above Elkhorn, and many of the Shenandoah National Park streams are all temporarily in good shape. In celebration of this great mid summer gift we will be holding a FLY SALE on all of your favorite patterns for the mountains. We have just reloaded our bins with 1000’s of trout flies- DRY FLIES and NYMPHS. Most attractor dry flies and nymphs will work this time of year. Little yellow stoneflies are the predominant aquatic insect right now. Ants and beetles will also be a favorite of the small mountain brook trout. Small streamers will also produce large fish during these summer rain events. Small buggers, crystal buggers, and kreelex in size 6-10 fished on 4x will help you cover water and seek out the big fish you are looking for. Grab A Trout Selection Hand Picked By Our Staff – https://www.mossycreekstore.com/Trout-Selection_c627.htm
Giant hoppers can bring big fish to the surface!
And if the hopper doesn’t work, drop an attractor nymph like the Iron Lotus off the back to help clean up on picky fish!
The trico hatch is in its peak right now. Clouds are coating the creek in the morning hours between 7:30-9:00. The spinner fall typically occurs later and later as the season progresses but you can find fish eating emergers and duns at daylight. We have 100’s of tricos in the bins once again. Fish these small dry flies on a 6-7x tippet and use a soft rod to protect the tippet from breaking on the hookset or while fighting the fish. You can do the same with ants and small beetle patterns. Large beetles in size 12 can usually be fished on 5x. Overcast and rainy weather AGAIN this week should turn on the streamer bite. Load up on crystal buggers, kreelex, complex twist, conehead sculpin, gongas, dungeons, and peanut envys and get ready for big fish action! 6wt rods and 0x-2 fluorocarbon tippet can be used in muddy water conditions! The beetle and hopper action should continue once the creeks clean up!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
There are large green, yellow, brown, and tan hoppers all over the meadow streams right now.
Another day and another happy angler enjoying an early morning out on the spring creeks.
Managed Trout Water
Spring Run is looking great and is currently full of fish. This isn’t a spot to fish all day but great to hit coming or going to the Jackson or Back Creek.
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!