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Virginia Fly Fishing Report 8/2/2020

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

The James and Shenandoah Rivers

Keep an eye on this Hurricane as it tracks over Virginia early this week. Anticipate high water spiking mid week.

Father / son time on the water catching big smallmouth is tough to beat!

We are smack in the middle of our summer smallmouth season and we have enjoyed excellent fishing and weather for much of the past 60 days. The short term forecast is rain and potentially high water with Hurricane Isaias expected in our area Monday/Tuesday. We will continually post updates on river conditions as the storm develops. Hopefully this rain event will refresh water flows for the month of August and have us fishing near perfect conditions into September. If the bass fishing gets put on hold for a while with high and dirty water look for some fun up in the mountains fishing for brook trout or check out the fishing on the local spring creeks. Once the water is dropping we will be excited to fish a few of our favorite dirty water patterns- The Clawdad in black/blue in size 2 is a must have! Some of the largest smallmouth and largemouth we have caught on Shenandoah and James have taken this pattern. The Murdich Minnow is a large profile baitfish pattern that has just the right amount of flash to catch the eye of a big fish in dirty water and will generate a vicious strike. Hellgrammites are active right now as we have seen dobsonflies laying eggs. The Crittermite in size 2 is a top producer this time of year and the large fly is a must for high and stained water. 0X-2X fluorocarbon leaders and tippet will help you cast these big flies and ensure you can fight big fish in heavy current. Stay safe during this storm and we look forward to seeing you all on the water once conditions clean up a bit!

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/ !

August is full 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. September is now filling up rapidly.  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.

Erica put huge numbers of smallmouth in the boat last week.

Sometimes you need to go deep in the wood to find the fish.

We have been enjoying these large family floats!

We have been pleased with the action on the South Fork. Great numbers of fish keep us occupied all day!

When you fish in the evening hours you never know what you might hookup with boatside. This fish left us a clue….

Pre-hurricane fishing knowing this may be the last smallmouth we catch for a while.

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

Andy with a dandy from the SNP.

It is looking like we will get a healthy shot of rain from the tropical system this week. It is looking like we could receive a few inches of rain into Wednesday. A few inches of rain and cooler weather with highs in the low 80s could spark some excellent fishing in mountains later this week. High water can mean big nymphs and bushy attractor dry flies- We have just reloaded our bins with 1000’s of trout flies- DRY FLIES and NYMPHSSmall streamers will also produce large fish during these summer rain events. Small buggers, crystal buggers, and kreelex in size 6-10 fished on 4x will help you cover water and seek out the big fish you are looking for. The most popular and productive flies to fish right now are little yellow stones, ants, and beetles. Keep an eye on localized rainfall and stream gauges and head into the mountains for some fun once the creeks start flowing again!

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

Get Geared Up

Spring Creeks

Wayne has been out on the creeks daily and has these nice brown trout dialed in.

Another beast in the basket. What a season it has been!

The Trico swarms continue to grow and the fish have been tuning into them almost every morning. We have 100’s of tricos in the bins once again. Fish these small dry flies on a 6-7x tippet and use a soft rod to protect the tippet from breaking on the hookset or while fighting the fish. You can do the same with ants and small beetle patterns. Large beetles in size 12 can usually be fished on 5x. Overcast and rainy weather this week should turn on the streamer bite. Load up on crystal buggers, kreelex, complex twist, conehead sculpin, gongas, dungeons, and peanut envys and get ready for big fish action! 6wt rods and 0x-2 fluorocarbon tippet can be used in muddy water conditions! The beetle and hopper action should continue once the creeks clean up!

Grab The Perfect Selection Of Flies – https://www.mossycreekstore.com/Trout-Selection_c627.htm

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

Monster brown trout inspecting a beetle.

Letting him go to fight another day.

Managed Trout Water

Andy enjoying his day off on the Jackson tailwater.

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!