Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
The April bite started last week! Water levels will be high a few days but then it should turn right back on!
The big fish season is here! Colby just completed a facebook live session with Tom Rosenbauer discussing smallmouth bass fishing and focused on fishing this time of year and the appropriate flies to have in your stash. See the entire interview by clicking this link- https://www.facebook.com/orvisflyfishing/videos/252577742558343/ ! The most crucial flies for this time of year are the Clawdad, CK Baitfish, Crittermite, Clouser, Half and Half, Dragon Tail, Wiggler, Nutcracker, and Swinging D. Here is the ideal setup for any water condition this time of year. Have a size 2 Clawdad or crittermite rigged on 12lb flurorocarbon to fish the heaviest current seams. These heavy flies will allow you to get down to the bottom quickly and search out big females laying in wait to spawn. CK baitfish, Dragon Tails, and Wigglers are great for the slow water eddies and spots behind the rocks, boulders, and ledges where the males are picking the perfect spot to spawn. Male smallmouth love rocky areas with stones the size of chicken eggs. These specific flies can be fished much slower in these slack water areas. Males will NOT sweep a spot that has any current at all. Clousers and half and halfs are the perfect searching flies to fish ‘diamond chop’ transitional areas. These are areas near seams and eddies that sometimes hold the largest females. You can fish these large searching patterns quickly and cover a LOT of water in the process. Takes are generally aggressive on flies in these areas. Having these 3 types of flies rigged and ready will allow you to efficiently and effectively cover all types of water you encounter on a float down your favorite smallmouth river. We hope these tips help you to be successful on the water this year!
An update on our float trips- We have cancelled or rescheduled 100’s of trips lately as a result of necessary social distancing. We ARE booking and reserving float trips for the peak summer season. Please clal 540-434-2444 or email email@example.com to reserve your day. We apologize if it has been difficult to get through on the phone during normal store hours. Our phone has been ringing non-stop lately with the surge of anglers, orders, and deliveries.
Jacob with his first of many 20″ fish this season!
Nick enjoyed a great day on the water recently.
The channel cats were schooled on some of the largest shoals and eddies! They love a big crayfish or baitfish pattern!
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
The blue lines are in perfect shape right now. Full of water, big insects hatching, rising fish….This is peak season!
Peak season is here and we are loving every minute of it. The Shenandoah National Park is still closed but there are hundreds of miles of quality water open and fishing great. Dry River, Skidmore Fork, North River, Ramsey’s Draft, and St. Mary’s have all be so much fun to fish. Water levels are bank full and running above average. Be careful and choose safe spots to cross and wade as water levels will remain up for the next few days. With above average water flow right now try some big bushy attractors that will float and ride high in turbulent water. Humpies, Royal Wulffs, Stimulators, Blue Duns, and Mr. Rapidans are great choices. These are easy for you to see and will also float a nymph fished as a dropper. Jig nymphs in size 12-14 like Jigged Hare’s Ears, Prince, and Pheasant Tails are great choices to get your fly deep without snagging bottom. Attractor nymphs like Nitro’s, Psycho Prince, Copper Johns, and CK nymphs are a must in everyones boxes right now. We have 10’s of thousands of flies showing up now every 2 weeks to meet demand of peak season. We are delivering and arranging pickup all day every day. We are happy to create assortments as well. Just give us a budget and we will shop our favorites for you. Enjoy the peak season up in the mountains! It doesn’t get much better than it has been.
Modelo’s and Cahills oh my!
Historically our peak brook trout fishing slows down mid June. Enjoy peace, solitude, beauty, and some great fishing action right now while the action is hot!
World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg found his first ever fish on a dry fly sight fished on Mossy Creek.
Reports are great from Susie Q Farm, Beaver Creek, Mossy, Spring Run, and Buffalo. These creeks are running full but mostly clear with slight stains from the rain on Sunday. They have been clearing up quickly lately and the fish have really been keying in on dry flies. Caddis, BWO’s and now a few sulphurs and drakes are showing up. We anticipate the sulphur hatch to really take off here in about 2 weeks. Light colored dry flies in size 12 and 14 will be necessary to trick our local fish. While water volume continues to be up the nymph and streamer fishing is still dominating the scene. Big fish have been coming on large fly patterns. The hot flies have been- Complex Twist Buggers, Bunny Muddlers, Sculpinators, Conehead sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Tequeely’s, Kreelex, Triple Doubles, and Lead Eye Buggers. Traffic has been busy at Mossy Creek lately. Please respect the landowners and parking areas. If the lots are full, please find another area to fish. We would hate for these areas to close down from overcrowding. Beaver Creek is still open to fishing. Susie Q is fishing amazingly well. It is mostly booked up for April but schedules are still changing almost daily. Give us a call to reserve your spot on Smith Creek. Enjoy the spring season and all of these great photos from our favorite local anglers!
We are still guiding wade trips on our local spring creeks. We are meeting clients at the water and maintaining a ‘rods length’ distance minimum all day. If you have questions on how we are hosting our guided trips we would be happy to discuss. Reserve your time on the spring creeks by giving us a call 540-434-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
With so many fish eating small bugs through the winter months we anticipate one of the better dry fly seasons in the next month! Tricos, Sulphurs, and drakes show up in May!!
Susie Q is in excellent condition and fishing well. There are some available days in May! Schedules are still constantly changing due to the pandemic.
Hatching insects, sipping fish, green grass, and flowing water=happiness!
We have enjoyed hosting a number of family outings lately. Homeschool or fishing or both?
The locals have been enjoying the action on Mossy lately.
Enjoying seeing all of these 20″ browns!
Managed Trout Water
Spring Run has been producing some big fish lately.
Water levels are running high on many streams right now. Keep an eye on the USGS gauges through the weekend. VDGIF is no longer posting stocking reports. We can tell you that North River, South River, Bullpasture, Jackson Tailwater, and Back Creek DH are all fishing well right now. Many reservoirs are also loaded and fishing well. Take your favorite nymphs and streamers and load up on strike indicators and split shot. Water levels are running above average right now but should normalize early next week. Temperatures will be on the rise next week and the fishing should pick up as well.