Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
This is a 365 day view of the South Fork of the Shenandoah. The river touched average flow for 1 day last week before another high water event.
The smallmouth fishing all over VA was about to bust wide open until the latest high water event. Keep an eye on gauges and head out as soon as water levels are safe for fishing.
We enjoyed a few weeks of pre-spawn fishing on the Shenandoah late March and early April. Unfortunately water levels have been high for the past week and look to spike again with the upcoming rain this weekend. It is unfortunate that Virginia Rivers may blow out for another week to 10 days. Smallmouth should continue their spawning ritual once the flood waters recede. Musky should be finishing up spawn in the next 2-3 weeks. We will provide updates to the river conditions once they begin to clean up. In the meantime the lake fishing should be great. Gear up for the season and grab the flies and leaders you will need!
Load up on the industries best flies here- Clawdads, Crittermites, Ck Baitfish, Wiggle Minnows, Clousers, Topwater Bugs, and more!
Jacob enjoyed some prespawn recon on the Shenandoah in late March.
Our buddy John caught this massive largemouth on a 2/0 half and half.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
Where is your favorite brook trout stream? We can help you pick some new water off the beaten path to explore this season!
The mountain brook trout fishing has been fantastic lately. Fishing picked up in early March and is beginning to peak right now. Hendricksons have been swarming the creeks the past few days and the fish are ravenously eating off the surface. Most attractor dry flies like Wulffs, Humpies, Stimulators, and various Caddis patterns are taking fish. Large bead head and jigged nymphs like Psycho Prince, Bloody Mary’s, Hare’s Ears, Pheasant Tails, and Copper Johns are working well. Pat’s Rubber Legs have been a hot fly lately as well. We have been fishing smaller drainages at higher elevations during periods of high water. Streams like Fridely’s Run, Madison Run, Paine Run, Skidmore Fork, North River upper, and Ramsey’s Draft can fish well a day or 2 after heavy rains. These creeks almost always run clear, even after heavy rains, and drop quickly to fishable levels. Larger rivers like Dry River sometimes take 3-4 days to drop to safe levels to walk and wade. Be sure to have some split shot and strike indicators with you over the next few weeks as you will need heavy flies to get down through the heavy current to reach the fish.
Reports have been great all over VA’s mountain streams. The GW Forest and Shenandoah National Park streams are in great cycles right now with good populations of large fish. We anticipate good water levels through May at this point but take advantage of the peak insect activity over the next 3-4 weeks!
Hatching bugs and rising fish.
This parachute caddis in olive has been a great pattern for the past month.
The fish have been gorging on bugs. Look at the belly on this brook trout!
Dirty water doesn’t always keep us off the water. Stained water can provide some of the better streamer fishing days of the year!
Sulphurs are here! These insects can be found emerging throughout the day and evening hours. The spinnerfall at dusk has been the best time for dry fly action. Hatch activity has not been consistent and some evenings provide better fishing than others. Reports of dozens of fish caught in the last hour of daylight have been common. We anticipate rains will put off our dry fly fishing for another few days. We will be back to fishing streamers- Complex Twist Buggers, Bunny Muddlers, Sculpinators, Conehead sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Tequeely’s, Kreelex, Triple Doubles, and Lead Eye Buggers. We have been fishing 0-3X leaders and tippet with fast action 5-7 weight rods and sinking lines or leaders during periods of high dirty water. Reports from Buffalo, Spring Run, Beaver, Mossy, and Smith Creek have been excellent lately. Anticipate good reports now into mid June when these fisheries are in peak form!
Big fish and happy spring creek anglers have been the norm for weeks now.
Picture perfect Mossy Creek brown on a size 18 blue wing olive dry fly.
Pretty hook jaw male from Beaver Creek.
Managed Trout Water
Springtime is peak time!
VDGIF has been out stocking all winter long and just about everything has been stocked. Blow Torch, Jigged Squirmies, Psycho Prince, CK Nymphs, Crystal Buggers, Kreelex, and San Juan Worms are always good choices.
Here is a look at what has been stocked around us in the past 2 weeks-
|April 12, 2019||Augusta County||South River (Ridgeview Park)|
|April 8, 2019||Augusta County||Lower Sherando Lake|
|April 8, 2019||Augusta County||Back Creek|
|April 6, 2019||Augusta County||South River (Basic Park)|
|April 3, 2019||Augusta County||Falls Hollow|
|April 3, 2019||Augusta County||Mills Creek|
|April 2, 2019||Augusta County||Braley Pond|
|April 18, 2019||Bath County||Bullpasture River|
|April 18, 2019||Bath County||Douthat Lake & Wilson Creek|
|April 16, 2019||Bath County||Douthat Lake & Wilson Creek|
|April 12, 2019||Bath County||Douthat Lake & Wilson Creek|
|April 10, 2019||Bath County||Jackson River Special Reg *|
|April 9, 2019||Bath County||Douthat Lake & Wilson Creek|
|April 4, 2019||Bath County||Douthat Lake & Wilson Creek|
|April 2, 2019||Bath County||Back Creek|
|April 18, 2019||Highland County||Bullpasture River|
|April 15, 2019||Highland County||South Branch Potomac River|
|April 17, 2019||Madison County||Robinson River|
|April 5, 2019||Madison County||Rose River|
|April 5, 2019||Madison County||Robinson River|
|April 10, 2019||Nelson County||Tye River|
|April 12, 2019||Page County||Hawksbill Creek|
|April 5, 2019||Page County||Hawksbill Creek|
|April 12, 2019||Rockingham County||South River (Grottoes)|
|April 11, 2019||Rockingham County||Briery Branch Lake|
|April 11, 2019||Rockingham County||Hone Quarry Lake|
|April 11, 2019||Rockingham County||Hone Quarry Run|
|April 10, 2019||Rockingham County||Slate Lick Lake|
|April 10, 2019||Rockingham County||Slate Lick Run|
|April 9, 2019||Rockingham County||Dry River|
|April 4, 2019||Rockingham County||North Fork Shenandoah River|