Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
The redbreast sunfish are sweeping nests and beginning the spawn! Look for massive sized circular nests along the banks and eddies.
It was a pleasure watching Will stick this big smallmouth on a size 2 brown clawdad.
The James and Shenandoah are still running full but are clear and fishing well. Afternoon thunderstorms are now in the mix for the next few days so it is important to watch radars and the USGS gauges to be informed on river conditions. Water temps are now in the 70’s on the Shenandoah and James and the fish are firing up. Fish in 4′ of water or less are chasing down CK baitfish, Murdich Wigglers, Clousers, and half and half flies. The deeper banks and ledges and current seams with heavy current require heavier flies. Clawdads and Crittermites reign supreme in these areas. The topwater bite will continue to improve on the Shenandoah. There were plenty of fish chasing shoals of minnows and crashing bait on the surface on the James this week. Topwater minnow patterns, Todd’s Wiggle Minnows, Murdich Sliders, and Umpqua Swimming Baitfish are perfect for this and a ton of fun to fish. We have all of the poppers and sliders you need as well. It is float season! Be safe and get out and enjoy the start of the warmwater season. We are here to ensure you are outfitted properly. From rods and reels to lines and leaders our team of bass fishing experts can help ensure your success on the water!
Want to take your smallmouth game to the next level? Colby has 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.
WE ARE OPEN AND CURRENTLY BOOKING TRIPS FOR THE 2020 SUMMER SEASON! Please call 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.
River levels have dropped and clarity is around 4 feet making for some awesome topwater fishing and visual eats!
The action was so good mid week we forgot to look up much of the day and experience how awesome our surroundings were.
We noticed that some of the largemouth are still spawning and guarding nests along the Shenandoah. We expect them to finish up in the next week to 10 days.
Jess got her first channel catfish while bass fishing a deep ledge.
Stained water can be your friend and give you access to some of the largest and spookiest bass. We take your time on the water seriously. Book a trip with our smallmouth experts!
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
The green drake hatch is still going strong but will likely begin to end next week sometime on our local streams.
Laurel Fork brookie
The Shenandoah National Park is FULLY open along with boundary access. You need to read the details on the SNP website for updates, trail closures, and access information. https://www.nps.gov/shen/phase-two.htm
We are excited that the Shenandoah National Park is back open and hopefully will spread out some anglers over the next few weeks. Fishing has been excellent everywhere up in the mountains and recent rains have kept all of our streams full. The 10 day forecast is showing milder temps with highs in the low 70s and lows in the 50s. These cooler temps will keep our mountain streams at perfect temperatures keeping our trout happy and hungry. Green drakes will be around about another week and then we will rely on little yellow stones, ants, and beetles to get us through the month of June. We hope everyone has had a chance to catch a few brookies this spring as it has been an incredible year so far. Typically our mountain trout streams begin to get low and marginal end of June-mid July so enjoy it while you can!
Humpies, Royal Wulffs, Stimulators, Cahills, Headlight Sally, Clown Shoe Sally, Elk Hair Caddis, 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.
Laurel Fork was in awesome shape on our last visit.
Terrestrial season is here! We just received thousands of new bugs. Check out our selection of hoppers, ants, and beetles here!
The trico clouds are getting bigger by the day! Ants, beetles, and juvenile hoppers are also getting more prolific and available to the fish. Clear weather and clear water should bring about better and better dry fly fishing. The streamer fishing was good earlier in the week when we had some stain in the water but things have really cleared up nicely. No rain is expected the next few days and hopefully the fish will be looking up for you when you get a chance to get out. Now is the time to load up on ants, beetles, and small hopper patterns. Don’t forget sulphurs and drakes if you can fish until dark as they are still key patterns and will be for another week or 2. Fish early and late on the clear days and try to get out any dark overcast day as the big fish have been more aggressive on during the low light periods. Beaver Creek permits remain in high demand, weekend traffic on Mossy has been at an all time high, and Susie Q Farm is booked solid for the next few weeks. Susie Q does have some openings early July for those interested. Stay tuned for some excellent upgrades coming to Susie Q!
The hot flies have been- Complex Twist Buggers, Bunny Muddlers, Sculpinators, Conehead sculpins, Crystal Buggers, Kreelex, Baby Gongas, 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. There are some open days left in May as schedules continue to change daily.
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
Happy anglers enjoying the hot action on the spring creeks.
Saying goodbye to a very large Mossy Creek brown trout.
Looking forward to the upcoming terrestrial fishing season.
Our buddy Mike continues to find the big ones out on the spring creeks. What a stunning specimen.
Managed Trout Water
Andy with one of many quality browns from a popular WV stream lately.
Water levels are back down to fishable levels all over the commonwealth but still running at or above average flow. You can fish larger attractor dries, nymphs, and streamers this week with the bigger water flows. Load up on split shot and big indicators as well. 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.