Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
It has been a banner week fishing what seems like the first time all year! Here is a 20.5″ smallmouth bass that took a big crittermite fly pattern.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
We have been out on the Shenandoah for 1 full week as of Thursday. The fishing this week really cranked up. Water levels are still up but have been running fairly clear. Temps were in the 60’s last week but have warmed up into the mid to upper 70’s again this week. The big fish became aggressive a few days ago and we had a few of our biggest largemouth and smallmouth bass put in the boat. Big deer hair frogs, divers, wiggle minnows, clousers, half and halfs, murdich minnows, and boogle bugs have been our most effective and fun patterns to fish this week. Keep an eye on the weather and water conditions over the next few days as we have intense thunderstorm activity popping up again everywhere. Keep your 7-8 weight rods and floating and sink tip lines at the ready to fish over the next few weeks as the rain will likely keep average water flows up.
Our guides are modifying schedules to allow for more open dates to accommodate anglers through September. If you are looking for a float trips, availability is very limited, but we have opened up some days.
Richard had a awesome day catching fish on almost every cast including this bruiser of a largemouth bass at 26″ long.
Dietrich with a nice fish from late last week once the water started to clean up.
Cary and his crew smoked fish all day including this 19″ brute.
The Shenandoah standard that keeps you busy all day long.
Brad with another nice smallmouth from this week.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Reports of giant brook trout continue to come in from Dry River and North River. The GW Forest streams have been fishing great!
Not much has changed up in the mountains. Dry River this Thursday started to run a little low and Skidmore above the lake wasn’t flowing at all. That said the radar is loaded up with storms and will likely give another boost to our brook trout streams. Reports of large fish continue to roll in from the mountain streams. Dry River, Skidmore Fork, Ramsey’s Draft, North River, Paine Run, Big Run, Jeremey’s Run along with other Shenandoah National Park streams have been fishing well. Beetles, ants, and little yellow stones have been available to our local brook trout. Parachute ants, various beetles, mini hot garcia’s, stimulators, headlight sally’s, and other size 12-16 attractor dry flies and nymphs will work right now. Our brookies are getting big and fat this summer with such good water flows. Try some size 6-10 streamers as well during periods of high water as some of the largest brook trout are being taken swinging or stripping baitfish patterns. Enjoy the quality water flows. It is looking like we should have quality water into the fall.
The brook trout anglers have been spoiled by an endless spring season!
A little battle scar from a predator on this guy.
Get Geared Up
Saying good bye or see you later to a large Beaver Creek rainbow that took a hopper pattern.
Tricos are thick most mornings early on and the hex bugs have gotten very thick in the evening hours most days. Hoppers have fully matured and Japanese beetles and ants continue to cover the streamside vegetation. It is time to throw big dry flies for sure! August is usually the pinnacle of our terrestrial season but heavy localized rain continues to keep water levels high and streams running off color. Streamer fishing has been good and kept us busy this summer but we are hopeful we can take advantage of the remaining days of August and September for good dry fly action. Beetle fishing was limited this year but on clear water days the fishing was good. Steve’s Japanese Beetle, Fat Head Beetles, big Stimulators, and Chubby Chernobyls are all great patterns right now. Hang a dropper off the back of a chubby as well especially if water flows are higher than normal.
An 18″ rainbow that could not resist the foam!
Mossy Creek buttery goodness.
Hex season….it doesn’t get much better!
Managed Trout Water
VDGIF begins stocking streams again on October 1. It is looking like there will be plenty of water in our local streams for good fishing. Now is a great time to gear up and load boxes for the upcoming season.