The heat is turning up on spring fishing! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the season.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
The James and Shenandoah rivers are finally starting to drop. The 10 day forecast is not showing much significant precipitation at this point so hopefully we will be out next week pursuing some early season smallmouth bass and may be a big musky! We have been prepping our boats and gear boxes for the season. If you haven’t heard the podcast Colby Trow did with Tom Rosenbauer last year, check it out. It gives some great insight on how to approach and catch your biggest bass of the year!- ORVIS Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer and Colby Trow
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
The mountain streams are in excellent shape, full of water, and the brook trout are looking up! Although the dry fly fishing has been pretty good the past few days, we are still catching 10:1 fish subsurface over dry flies, but feel free to pick your poison and fish what is most fun to you. We prefer big bushy dry flies in high heavy water. Wulff’s, stimulators, humpies, and elk hair caddis are very heavily hacked flies that float high and visibly. This is one of the most important aspects of dry fly fishing for brook trout. Let’s face it, mountain brook trout are opportunistic feeders. They do not have the luxury of living in a nutrient rich spring creek with an overabundance of food. Brook trout aren’t particularly picky feeders most of the time. Pick a highly visible pattern and start covering water! These big bushy flies also act as great indicator flies. They can hold up average sized weighted nymphs so you can cover more of the water column using 2 flies. Grad some 5x leaders and head out with your favorite dries, nymphs, and small streamers and enjoy an incredible season of brook trout fishing ahead! Dry River, Skidmore Fork, Ramsey’s Draft, St. Mary’s, Paine Run, Madison Run, Jeremey’s Run, Big Run, The North Fork of The Mormon’s, The Conway, Rapidan, Rose, and White Oak all have great water flow and anglers have been having success on these streams over the past few days. We hope you are excited by the forecast as the fishing conditions are looking incredible!
Smith Creek at Susie Q Farm is running full but fairly clear and is almost fully booked for the spring season. Give us a call if you want a chance to fish this wonderful spring creek property! Mossy Creek is still running a bit turbid but some giant fish have been caught over the past 2 weeks in the runoff. Beaver Creek is running more clear and has been fishing great. BWO hatches continue on Beaver Creek and when the water is clear you can catch as many fish on the surface as you can subsurface most days. Anglers are fishing near nuff sculpins, slump busters, kreelex, crystal buggers, wool head sculpins, zuddlers, and zonker patterns on the spring creeks. Big clawdads and articulated streamers aren’t producing numbers of fish but they have produced fish over 20″ in the past week. Jigged nymphs with tungsten beads are working well at Beaver and Smith Creek. We have received hundreds of these flies in the last week so get them while you can. Also try the Killer Bug nymph. This fly has received a ton of press lately and it is a top fly on our local streams! We have over 20 anglers coming to fish the spring creeks in the next few days, so stay tuned for some pictures and more reports! Help us spread the word folks!!!! – GET YOUR MOSSY CREEK, BUFFALO CREEK, and SOUTH RIVER PERMITS ONLINE 24/7 FREE!!! CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK!!! BEAVER CREEK PERMITS HAVE CHANGED LOCATION! Store name: 257 Grocery Store location: 6939 Briery Branch Road, Dayton, VA. This store is located 2 miles from the Ottobine Country Store. If on 257 at the intersection at Ottobine, take a left and remain on Rt 257. Cross Beaver Creek and follow for just over 1 mile. 257 Grocery will be on your left. This store opens at 5AM on weekdays and 6AM on Saturdays. They have the 4 permits for $10 like before. They are a great family owned store. Buy breakfast or lunch and we can be sure the permits will have a permanent home! Thanks for everyone’s patience through this short transition. And thanks to 257 Grocery for taking management of the permits!
Managed Trout Water
South River (Ridgeview Park), Bullpasture, Tye, Robinson, Mill, Irish, Maury, Slate Lick, and Stony Creek in Edinburg were stocked last week along with many many more. The Jackson will be back to fishable levels in a few days along with Back Creek, Bullpasture, Cowpasture, and Maury. Water levels were very high from rain and runoff last week. Most of our VA stocked streams have been loaded up for the season and VDGIF will be out in full force stocking every day until June! Stocked fish love egg patterns, san juan worms, crystal buggers, retrievers, kreelex, clawdads, zuddlers, conehead buggers, and big attractor nymphs. Be sure to have plenty of strike indicators and split shot while water levels are still up. Enjoy the warm weather on the way!!