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Virginia Fly Fishing Report 7/20/2020

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Shenandoah Valley Virginia Fly Fishing Report and News From Mossy Creek Fly Shop.

The James and Shenandoah Rivers

The hotter the weather the hotter the fishing! River smallmouth love the heat! James river temps hit upper 80’s this week!

Topwater bugs…these will be producing some of the largest fish that swim in the river over the next few months!

The heat is here to stay and hopefully this long summer wave will produce consistent and stable river bass fishing. Currently we are experiencing the best action of the year. Mornings have been great fishing crittermite, clawdad, and baitfish patterns. Around 11-12 when the heat is really cranking and the damsel and dragonflies are flying all over it is bug time! The heat of the day pushes the fish to the shade lines. Bugs smacked down under overhangs produces some of the biggest fish. Swim frogs are also producing great topwater action and allow you to cover more water than dead drifting poppers. Keep an eye on the weather and afternoon thunderstorms. These hot days can produce some dangerous weather. We have lucked out this summer so far but there may be some unstable air heading our way later this week. Until then enjoy the perfect water flows, clarity, and action all over VA’s smallmouth waters.

Check Out Our Bass Selections HERE! Hand Picked By Our Expert Staff – https://www.mossycreekstore.com/Smallmouth-Selection_c628.htm


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/ !

July is fully booked for float trips. We do have a waitlist available for anyone that wants first dibs on a last minute opening. Reservations continue to fly in and requests are at an all time high. August and September will likely book up faster than normal.  Please call 540-434-2444 or email store@mossycreekflyfishing.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.

The numbers of 3-5 pound largemouth bass we have been finding is staggering!

Murdich Minnow has gotten a lot of attention lately.

Good numbers and good size of fish all day. We can’t get enough of this summer fun!

You will find fish buried deep into the shade these days.

Another fish over 6 pounds and over 23″!

Bug fishing the sandy bottoms of the James River produce these awesome light colored fish.

Swim Frog strikes again!

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

Water temps are spiking during this summer heat wave. Upper 60’s and near 70 on Ramsey’s Draft.

You can still catch brookies up in the mountains but water levels are getting low and the fish are spooky! Dry River, Skidmore Fork, North River, and Ramsey’s Draft are running very low. Fish are starting to stack up in community pools for the hot season. We will be giving them a break and fully focusing on the warmwater rivers until we get a good shot of rain and some cooler weather.

Grab A Trout Selection Hand Picked By Our Staff – https://www.mossycreekstore.com/Trout-Selection_c627.htm

North River just hit its summer low of just a few cubic feet of flow per second.

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Spring Creeks

Beetlemania is here! Get in on the action while we have good water flow, temps, and plenty of bugs to keep the fish happy!

Not much change in conditions or fishing on the spring creeks! Mossy Creek has been insanely good early mornings from sunup until around 11am.

Trico swarms continue to grow and you can now fish the emergence at dawn and the spinnerfall between 7-8am. Ants, beetles, and juvenile hoppers are coating the stream side vegetation. This can be an excellent time of year to catch big fish on dry flies. Temps will be very hot in the afternoon hours so you will find better fishing very early or late and you will also be much more comfortable fishing during those times. Afternoon thunderstorms provide overcast conditions and can bring about high dirty water for short periods of time. We generally find these storms can bring about some great streamer fishing once the water stains so don’t leave your streamer rods at home! Mossy, Beaver, and Susie Q Farm should continue to fish well as long as we maintain good water flows!

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Browse Our Terrestrial Patterns Here – https://www.mossycreekstore.com/Terrestrials_c204.htm

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 store@mossycreekflyfishing.com

Another big brown falling victim to a terrestrial.

Beat the heat and fish very early, late, or after a thunderstorm.

Managed Trout Water

Streams are dropping and getting warm. Trout fishing will likely slow down on the smaller and warmer rivers.

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!