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Virginia Fly Fishing Report 8/31/2020

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Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.

The James and Shenandoah Rivers

This is about the best clarity we found last week and it won’t improve much in the near future.

High stained water can be a blessing in disguise as it gives you access to large fish that aren’t nearly as spooky.

Well, August was a bust. What a shame to lose most of one of our favorite fishing months of the year. The Shenandoah was clean enough to fish about 6-7 days last month. We can only hope rains this week will end and we can dry out a bit for September and end the season on a high note. Keep an eye on the forecast and we will keep you updated on our social channels.

Check Out Our Bass Selections HERE! Hand Picked By Our Expert Staff – https://www.mossycreekstore.com/Smallmouth-Selection_c628.htm

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/ !

Steven caught a good number of fish and lost a few monsters on black/blue clawdads in the mud last week.

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

North River was prime last week but on the rise Monday. Keep an eye on gauges this week as storms pass and continue to drop rain.

Ramsey’s Draft has been fishing very well lately. The latest rainfall should ensure it continues to flow strong for the next few weeks.

The fantastic fishing continues up in the mountains. Watch for flood warnings in your area through this week! Water levels are on the rise and we are SO saturated right now it won’t take much rain to get things up and rolling. Rain will ensure quality streamflow and fishing this month and September is looking to be EPIC for brook trout fishing. Load heavy on big bushy dry flies that will float in turbulent water and larger attractor nymphs in size 10-12 right now. Fish have not been overly picky on what flies you are using, just make sure you can penetrate heavy current to get to the fish.

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

Get Geared Up

Spring Creeks

Lush vegetation, insects, and strong water flow make for picture perfect spring creek fishing.

Tricos bring mostly small to medium sized fish to the surface but terrestrials will bring them all up!

Afternoon sessions producing some nice action.

Massive browns are being caught on Mossy regularly right now on streamers and dries.

Streamer fishing will dominate these rainy high water days but we should see a continuation of good terrestrial fishing as we progress through September. Fish will eat big dries into October until we have a few really big cold fronts. We have been reloaded on ZIRDLE BUGS. This has been one of the BEST patterns we have fished on the spring creeks. Popularity had them backordered for months. If you haven’t tried this pattern, check it out. It has been responsible for many of the big browns caught this year.

Tricos are hatching in the morning hours and the spinnerfall has been bringing up fish 7-9am. Beetles, ants, hoppers, and crickets are available on the streamside vegetation now. Hex’s have invaded the creeks once again and can be found emerging throughout the day but are swarming before dark and in the evening hours. The dry fly fishing has been great. Mossy Creek, Beaver Creek, Smith Creek, Spring Run, and Buffalo have great water flows. This dry fly action should continue through September until the 1st major cold fronts hit us. The overcast rainy days have been great for streamer fishing. Big dark streamer patterns, kreelex, and articulated patterns like peanut envy’s, dungeouns, and monkeys have been moving some large fish. The weather will be HOT this week but fishing should be great. Target the early morning and late evening periods for the best dry fly action.

SUSIE Q is open for bookings now until October 19. The creek will be CLOSED for hunting Oct 19-November. Bookings are being taken December 1- 2021.

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Browse Our Terrestrial Patterns Here – https://www.mossycreekstore.com/Terrestrials_c204.htm

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 store@mossycreekflyfishing.com

Zirdle Bug strikes again!

Jay tightlining up some impressive fish.

Managed Trout Water

1 month and VDGIF will be out stocking your favorite streams! Looks like we should have plenty of water!

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!