Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
It is looking like we will be back on the Shenandoah this week. The James will need a bit more time to drop. We will update reports as we get out this week.
We are cautiously optimistic for fishing this week. After a MONTH of waiting and losing about 90% of the trips we had on the books we are looking forward to getting in some time on the oars. The bass fishing should be great for the next few weeks if our weather pattern holds. We will be posting and updating details on social media as reports come in.
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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/ !
Reflecting on a few of the more remarkable bass we have put in the net this year……
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Water levels are prime up in the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains right now.
Heavy nymphs were necessary to get the attention of the fish when water flows were at their peak last week.
Mild temperatures, clear skies, and perfect water flows will be the forecast for this week. Mountain stream fishing doesn’t get much better! Fish are readily taking attractor dry flies, droppers, attractor nymphs, or small streamers. Reports continue to be fantastic- Awesome numbers of fish along with some large fish are being reported every day. Traffic on the streams remain at an all time high but there is so much good water to fish right now folks are able to really spread out. Dry River, Skidmore Fork, North River, Ramsey’s Draft, and all the Shenandoah National Park streams are in great shape. Get out and enjoy these premo conditions right now while they last and before the fish begin to spawn in October!
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
You need to fish until dark to find the most big fish eating big bugs on the surface.
We are loving seeing pictures of giant fish every single day! Keep them coming!
Tricos continue to be thick in the mornings and we should have fishable sized hatches through October!
Hopper season is in its peak right now and should continue to be good for another month.
Want to catch big fish right now on the spring creeks? Try fishing our ZIRDLE BUGS. These can be fished under an indicator, tight lined, or as a dropper under a big foam bug. Massive fish are being fooled by this pattern on a regular basis. Not much has changed since our report last week, just more big fish are being landed. Traffic on the spring creeks is still at an all time high but early morning and late evening anglers aren’t seeing too much competition. You should anticipate awesome terrestrial fishing on these bright breezy days and the streamer fishing should really crank up later this week when we have some overcast rainy weather returning.
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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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
This is one of our favorite times of year to target big trout.
Give the spring creeks a try before the big bugs die off.
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!