Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.
The James and Shenandoah Rivers
We have been enjoying folks back in the shop! We are also pumped to be out floating every day and looking forward to epic topwater bites in the future!
Float trips are filling up fast! We are getting 20-30 booking requests a day now for the summer season. Booking the end of July through September 2020 and peak dates spring 2021!
Who else is over this cold front? The fishing was pretty solid last Saturday and Sunday morning started strong but things have been off under this massive marine layer and east wind. With about a 20 degree temp drop the trout and bass have the blues. Mix that with the standard mid June post spawn slump and we are experiencing some slower days. 30-40 fish days are pretty rough when you were consistently boating 80-100 fish. So now is a great time to talk about cold fronts and what to do. If you know your water well, target the most densely populated areas and fish them tediously. Slowly and methodically pick apart the bottom. Smallmouth will head to ledges, overhangs, and undercuts and tuck in when not in the feeding mood. They will still eat if the opportunity lands literally in front of their face. Clawdads and Crittermites are key right now. 2,4,6 size flies will all work but you may find that the smaller flies are just the trick to get eats. Also tend your line well and manage your line! Bites can and will be subtle so set the hook fast and hard at the slightest sign of a bite or movement in your line.
We anticipate the bite getting stronger later in the week and over the weekend when temps hit the upper 80s and 90s again. Water temps will spike, the weather and pressure will stabilize a bit, and the fish should begin to find their summer haunts. Just a few more weeks before we are full on in summer fishing patterns!
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WE ARE OPEN AND CURRENTLY BOOKING TRIPS FOR THE 2020 SUMMER SEASON! Please call 540-434-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Warmwater fishing is the best balance of relaxing awesome scenery and explosive fishing action!
We are looking forward to finding these giant fish in low clear water this summer to feed them a bug!
Saying good bye to a new personal best! What is your goal for the summer? 20″ smallmouth on a topwater bug??
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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 Reports have been awesome from anglers getting back to fishing the SNP streams. Little yellow stones are coming off and fish are tuning into anything yellow or light in color. Yellow Humpies, headlight sally’s, stimulators, mini hots, and pmx in yellow or lime are crushing fish. Drop a CK nymph or your favorite attractor in 14 or 16. Nymphing produced more fish early this week during the cold front as the insect activity dropped off significantly when it got cold up in the hills. We anticipate the dry fly action to crank up later this week and over the weekend. Rain is also back in the forecast. Rain will continue to prolong the mountain trout fishing into summer if we can retain above average flows. Enjoy it while it lasts!
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.
The spring creek fishing has been great for our Orvis schools!
Not much has changed on the spring creeks since last week. The cold front slowed the bite down a bit. Saturday the fishing was hot and everyone in our Orvis fly fishing school caught good numbers of fish. Sunday the east wind knocked down the bite a bit. Fishing should pick up later this week as this front passes and the warm weather returns. 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. 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 email@example.com
Overcast days are exciting as the streamer bite really cranks up but the sunny days are bringing about some great dry fly fishing.
The aquifers are full and pumping tons of fresh mineral rich cold water keeping our local trout very happy!
We put a couple personal best fish in the net this week for some very happy anglers.
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Managed Trout Water
Getting Jiggy With It!
VDGIF is no longer stocking their managed trout waters. The larger drainages like the Jackson, Back Creek, Bullpasture, Cowpasture, and North River will continue to fish well for another few weeks. These streams will likely start to become marginal by mid July through August. West VA has some great streams that are fishing well right now like the South Branch and North Branch of the Potomac and the Elk. Give those a try for some early summer action or hit the warmwater streams for peak summer fishing!