Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The river flooding has become obnoxious this year but the local ponds and lakes have kept us busy and entertained! Take a kid fishing!
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
Here is the skinny folks- The Shenandoah and James are pretty well blown out for the next week and we have more flooding rain in the forecast. The record rainfall continues to keep our guide crew off the warm water rivers but we are continuing to enjoy some brook trout fishing in the mountains and some spring creek fishing as well. Many anglers are also taking advantage of this ‘down time’ to hone in their casting skills. We have been teaching a larger volume of advanced casting clinics lately. Contact us today if you are interested in taking your casting to the next level. With the current forecast and river volumes, we are anticipating high water through next Wednesday or Thursday…possibly next weekend. Sorry for more sad news folks.
Jacob with a 20″ fish from one of the few days the rivers were clear and the sun was shining.
We are hoping the lack of fishing pressure for months will leave us with a highly productive fall season if the weather allows us to get on the water!
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
The brook trout have had a happy summer season with above average water flows!
The mountain streams are running a bit high at the moment in the region around Harrisonburg. Rain today will likely keep these streams a bit high until the weekend. Keep eyes on the USGS gauges for North River at Stokesville and Ramsey’s Draft for realtime water levels. North River at Stokesville needs to be below 80CFS for safe wading. Temperatures are looking to be in the mid to upper 80’s next week. Weather up in the mountains will be cool and comfortable and the fishing should be excellent. Little yellow stoneflies- Mini Hot Garcia’s, Stimulators, and parachute Sally’s are great patterns to compliment a selection of ants, beetles, and attractor nymphs in size 14-16. You may need to fish larger or heavier flies when water flows are strong. Load up on indicators and split shot as you will need it next week!
Get Geared Up
The spring creeks are flowing with springtime flows.
Terrestrial season is here in full force. Juvenile and mature hoppers can be found in all of the meadow streams and beetles and ants are crawling all over the place. Look for tricos hatching in the early morning hours and the occasional drake around dusk. Afternoon rain showers and stained waters provide great streamer fishing opportunities for big fish. We recommend taking a 3 weight rod for fishing tricos and beetles, a 5 weight for larger hopper or hopper/dropper rigs, and a 6 weight for your streamer fishing. The 10 day forecast is showing a potential for rain almost every day, so be prepared to fish streamers. Parachute ant patterns have been top producers this week to rising fish. We anticipate our spring creeks to continue to fish well as long as this weather pattern continues.
Beaver Creek has been fishing well between high water events.
Deep trenches and dry droppers.
The trout fishing looks to be great for months if current water flows hold.
Managed Trout Water
Releasing a good sized rainbow trout.
The stocking season is over but the fishing on the Jackson, Back Creek, Bullpasture, Spring Run, North River, Buffalo Creek, and South River has still been good. Water flows are well above average and temps are still holding on many of these creeks. Enjoy the extended season!
VDGIF has been busy this spring stocking your favorite freestone streams and lakes. Sugar Hollow Reservoir, Mint Springs, Pedlar River, Elkhorn Lake, Braley Pond, Sherando Lake, North River DH, South River DH, Spring Run, South River SRA, Douthat, Jackson River at Hidden Valley and Poor Farm, Back Creek DH, Bullpasture, Cowpasture, Hardware River DH, Rose River, Hughes River, Robinson River, Tye River, Hawksbill Creek, Maury River, Silver Lake, Hone Quarry, Briery Branch, Stony Creek, Mill Creek, and Passage Creek DH should keep you busy if you are in our area! Stock up on crystal buggers, golden retrievers, kreelex, slump busters, and a variety of attractor nymph patterns in size 12-16 for these VA managed streams. Don’t forget your strike indicators and split shot!