Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
What a season. It started off a bit challenging and ended stronger than ever! Here is Harrison with a 21″ smallmouth from the summer.
As the water dropped and warmed up the fishing really turned on late summer.
Wow, what an amazing smallmouth season. We started off with high, discolored, and cold water and ended with low, clear, hot and perfect conditions. September 2019 was our best float fishing year in history. Our guides were slammed up every day into October and the fishing conditions couldn’t have been much better. We had steady dropping flows with warm days, very little wind and rain, and near perfect visibility. The topwater bite cranked up as soon as visibility hit the 10′ mark. We had big fish swimming off the bottoms of our deepest holes to sip bugs. We still have a handful of late season trips but our focus is now shifting towards our musky and trout fishing season. Leaf litter in the river will get bad in a few weeks and will last well into November. We are booking fall/winter musky trips and 2020 smallmouth trips. A BIG thank you to everyone that fished with us this season. We appreciate it as always and look forward to seeing you again next year.
Give us a call 540-434-2444 or email email@example.com if you would like to book your float trip!
Although the topwater action consumed most of August and September the clawdad was still our most reliable bug.
The largemouth bass fishing was excellent this summer and many fish 6-7 pounds were caught including a few over 8!
We finally found the largemouth bass on deep timber once visibility cleared up.
There were a lot of personal bests this summer!
Nothing quite like the tug of a big smallmouth bass. The Shenandoah really produced well for us this year.
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
A nice surprise brook trout from Mossy Creek this week.
Well water flows are finally down to pitiful levels again but man what a good run we had for over 2 years! The brook trout fishing was excellent from nonstop rainfall in 2018 and early 2019. Fish were bigger and more plentiful in longer than we can remember. We were hoping to eek out a few more weeks in the mountains before the fish spawn but it is looking like we will not be receiving enough rainfall to really make a positive impact up in the mountains this week. Only 1 half or 3/4″ are expected over the next 7 days. That said vegetation is starting to die back and the leaves will begin to drop over the next few weeks and water levels will then quickly restore after rain events. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a successful spawn this year. We look forward to pursuing brook trout up in the mountains later in the winter!
Epic terrestrial fishing mixed with blanket trico and hex hatches late this summer.
The spring creeks fished well into mid summer and Mossy and Smith Creek are still flowing strong despite the dry conditions. Beaver Creek is running a tad low but that is normal for the early fall season. The tricos continue to hatch and spinnerfalls are a tad later in the morning. We have seen tricos through November so keep them in your boxes for at least another month! Crickets, hoppers, and beetles are still around and bringing fish to the surface. Crayfish, sculpins, and baitfish patterns are also still in play for the fall season. As water levels drop you will need to downsize streamers to keep from spooking fish on the presentation. Use a stealthy approach along the stream, stay low, and make soft accurate casts.
Susie Q is open for the fall season! There are is a blackout period Nov 16-Thanksgiving up open now through the winter months. Water levels are great and the fishing has been good. Call or email to reserve the farm today!
Most productive streamers- Complex Twist Buggers, Bunny Muddlers, Sculpinators, Conehead sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Tequeely’s, Kreelex, Triple Doubles, and Lead Eye Buggers.
Hopper droppers brought a lot of action this summer.
Big and small we like them all. The trico hatch brought a lot of surface action this year on all of our spring creeks.
Managed Trout Water
VDGIF is out stocking your favorite lakes and rivers.
Check out the latest stocked streams here. We have all the goodies you need to put fish in the net this season.
|October 7, 2019||Albemarle County||Mint Springs Lake (Upper)|
|October 4, 2019||Bath County||Jackson River (Hidden Valley)|
|October 3, 2019||Bath County||Back Creek|
|October 3, 2019||Bath County||Back Creek|
|October 1, 2019||Bath County||Spring Run|
|October 1, 2019||Carroll County||Crooked Creek|
|October 1, 2019||Carroll County||Little Reed Island Creek|
|October 1, 2019||Henry County||Smith River (Lower)|
|October 2, 2019||Lee County||Martins Creek|
|October 2, 2019||Lee County||Indian Creek|
|October 2, 2019||Page County||Hawksbill Creek [Heritage Day Water]|
|October 1, 2019||Patrick County||Dan River (Below Powerhouse)|
|October 3, 2019||Scott County||Bark Camp Lake [Heritage Day Water]|
|October 1, 2019||Scott County||Big Moccasin Creek|
|October 4, 2019||Shenandoah County||Passage Creek [Heritage Day Water]|
|October 4, 2019||Smyth County||South Fork Holston River (Lower)|
|October 4, 2019||Smyth County||South Fork Holston River (Buller Dam)|
|October 1, 2019||Smyth County||Staley Creek|
|October 1, 2019||Smyth County||Middle Fork Holston River (Upper)|
|October 2, 2019||Washington County||Whitetop Laurel (Upper)|
|October 2, 2019||Washington County||Whitetop Laurel (Lower)|
|October 2, 2019||Washington County||Tennessee Laurel|
|October 3, 2019||Wise County||Pound River / N. Fork Pound River|
|October 1, 2019||Wise County||Middle Fork of Powell River|
|October 2, 2019||Wythe County||Cripple Creek (Rt. 94)|