Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
LE Rhodes has had a great streak out on the James River over the past few weeks. Some big fish have been landed almost daily and there are some decent numbers of smaller fish around. The Shenandoah is loaded with good numbers of smaller smallmouth and huge largemouth, channel catfish, carp, and musky. Contact us today for summer float trips!
We have a few more weeks of transition as the largemouth finish their spawn on the Shenandoah and the sunfish begin their spawn. The smallmouth will continue to orient to their summer lies along the shady banks, ledges, and bank structure. Summer topwater fishing will continue to get better as water temps rise and more damsels and dragonflies begin to emerge. Primary flies continue to be the CLAWDADS, CK BAITFISH, CLOUSERS, and HALF and HALFs! Cover plenty of water this time of year fishing mid river structure, ledges, and deep drop offs. Prospect structure and shade lines with topwater bugs if water clarity is better than 3 feet.
Shane, Brian, and Bob have been out regularly looking for some big musky. The fishing has been quite good over the past few weeks and this overcast rainy weather during this full moon phase has increased activity.
Musky fishing popularity is still on the rise and for good reason. These fish are big, fun, fierce, and challenging. Virginia is blessed with some excellent musky water on the Shenandoah River and James River where we do most of our guiding. We provide fly and conventional trips for musky and can fully outfit our anglers for their day on the water. As water temps continue to rise into the 60’s and low 70’s the musky will be increasingly more active as their metabolism spikes driving them to eat more and more. We are using full sink lines right now during periods of higher water flow to get our flies deeper along the big ledge structure and woody habitat where these beasts hang out. Our trips have been very successful over the past few weeks, now is the time to get your trip on the books. Our guides will be busy this season but we do have some peak season availability for those looking to expand their horizons and target a new exciting species! We have some musky flies in the shop tied by Shane Maybush and we have all of the lines and leader material you will need to properly rig for musky. Stop in and get geared up for the season. The bite is on!
Who likes stalking carp in shallow water? We do we do!
The carp fishing is firing up as water temps are perfect and we have had a few days with decent visibility. We will be out more and more as visibility conditions improve! Call or email us with questions if you are interested in fishing for carp or would like to go on a guided trip to specifically target these challenging fish.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Recent rain and cool weather will ensure good brook trout fishing over the next few weeks. Dries, nymphs, and streamers are producing great numbers of fish in the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest Streams.
The Green Drake hatch is coming to an end but the dry fly action is still in full swing. The fishing has been best early morning and during the evening hours. Overcast days this week also really helped the bite. Water levels were getting low on some streams but recent rains have helped replenish water flow in many local streams. Be sure to stock up on plenty of dry flies for the next few weeks of fishing. Caddis, little yellow stones, and terrestrial patterns like beetles and ants are now an important part of a trouts diet. Here are a few streams that have been fishing very well over the past few weeks. Madison Run, Paine Run, N. Fork of the Mormon’s, Jeremey’s Run, Ramsey’s Draft, Rapidan, Hughes, Conway, Big Run, North River, Skidmore Fork and Dry River. Take plenty of nymphs, streamers, split shot, and strike indicators to get the job done in the deeper runs and pools. Stimulators, Parachute and Wulff style patterns are crushing fish everywhere. Interested in taking your mountain trout fishing to the next level and simplifying your life? Give Tenkara fishing a try. We will just say it is simple, fun, and extremely effective. Eliminate drag on your dry flies and nymphs and you will be surprised how you find yourself catching more and larger fish! Join the madness today! We have the largest selection of Tenkara rods, lines, gear, and information in the mid Atlantic.
Here is Dan Davala of Orvis Arlington with a nice Mossy Creek brown he sight fished early this week.
Incredible footage from our film Blood Knot during terrestrial season on the the spring creeks. This is just a taste of the incredible things that can happen on our local waters.
The Green Drake hatch is pretty much over. We are still seeing a few drakes here and there every night but no more big clouds of bugs. Sulphurs are still very thick right at dark. The trico hatches on our local creeks are bigger than we have seen in years. The clouds of bugs are huge and the fish are tuning into them most calm mornings. Grasshoppers, beetles, and ants are starting to become more prevalent on the creeks. Fishing dry dropper rigs have been effective lately. BIG flies like the PMX, Stimulators, and Para Drakes are great as indicator flies right now as fish are still readily taking nymphs. CLAWDADS, HOME INVADERS, NEAR NUFF SCULPINS, and KREELEX are still hot flies. You can find all of our favorite STREAMERS on our online store. South River upper, Spring Run, Buffalo Creek, Mossy Creek, Beaver Creek, and Smith Creek continue to produce nice fish. The weather will cool down a bit over the next few days so get out and enjoy the perfect weather!
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
Here is a BEAST of a rainbow Mossy Creek Guide Wayne Paxton caught on some local public water lately. Look at the girth on that fish!
Now is the time to get out and fish your favorite stocked trout streams. North River DH, South River DH, Passage Creek DH, The Pedlar DH, Hardware DH and others will be open for harvest shortly. Many of these streams will hold fish well into the summer months if water levels and temps hold out. Last year was the coolest summer in decades and fishing through summer was great! This can all change quickly with the weather so take advantage of the conditions for now. Currently fishing continues to be good on North River DH, Elkhorn Lake, South River DH, South River Special Regulation Area, The Bullpasture, Spring Run, The Jackson, Back Creek, Douthat Lake, Passage Creek, Maury, and The Tye River. Keep an eye on the VDGIF site for updates over the next 2 weeks! Attractor nymphs and streamers will take the newly stocked fish and the holdover fish will target natural dry flies that are hatching. Dead drifted crystal buggers, golden retrievers, squirmy worms, san juans, thin mints, egg patterns, ck nymphs, and psycho prince nymphs are working well. Slump busters, kreelex, near nuff sculpins, and other attractor streamers are working well swung or stripped rapidly on warm overcast days. Have fun and enjoy the last part of the season!