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Virginia Fly Fishing Report 8/18/2020

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

The James and Shenandoah Rivers

Water levels spiked again over the weekend. It may be a week before water levels and clarity are suitable for good fishing. We will be watching conditions daily.

Same story another week…Willy Wonka is overstaying his visit!

Patiently awaiting low clean water again!

The summer flood trend is lingering on this week. An unprecedented 10 inches of rain fell in spots on Saturday across Virginia! We hope everyone stayed safe during these flash flood events. We have very high water in spots locally and will see high water on the Shenandoah and James Rivers for the remainder of this week. Time to find some lakes, ponds, or a clear tributary to fish until conditions improve. Until then you can review some of the dirty water suggestions below:

Focus on dirty water flies- 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!

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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.

Take those frog flies and poppers to your favorite farm pond and look for BIG largemouth!

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

What a difference a week can make! North River is MASSIVE right now.

Ramsey’s Draft last week before the massive rains. It has been flowing well and the fishing should be good for a week or so while this water lasts.

Brook trout from Ramsey’s Draft last week. We should see plenty of action from these guys later this week.

Dry River is full but running clear. This photo is from the morning of 8/18.

We are in the midst of a mid summer reset up in the mountains. North River and Dry River are BIG right now. Hopefully water levels will drop over the next 2-3 days and allow for some awesome dry fly action on our favorite brook trout streams. Cooler weather with lows in the low 60’s and highs in the low 80’s here in the valley will definitely bring a big improvement to conditions on all the mountain streams. Grab your favorite attractor dry flies and nymphs and get ready to fish!

DRY FLIES and NYMPHS. Most attractor dry flies and nymphs will work this time of year. Little yellow stoneflies are the predominant aquatic insect right now. Ants and beetles will also be a favorite of the small mountain brook trout. Small 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. Grab A Trout Selection Hand Picked By Our Staff – https://www.mossycreekstore.com/Trout-Selection_c627.htm

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Spring Creeks

Mossy was stained on Sunday but the streamer fishing was great.

Mossy Creek the morning of 8/18. The stain if from North River that is running very large and brown. There is enough clarity to fish hoppers.

Beaver Creek the morning of 8/18! Fishing is excellent. Good luck getting a permit!

The spring creek fishing has been epic the past few weeks. Water levels could not be better and the lower temps have made fishing throughout the day much nicer.

The big story of the week is the arrival of our Hex mayflies. These big boys are coming to the creek about 30 minutes before dark. Grab large PMX patterns and para hoppers in tan and get ready for action. Once the creeks clear up this action should start to get prime. This hatch lasts into September so get prepared for a few weeks of dry fly fun! Tricos are still hatching but the fish won’t tune into them much until the waters clear a bit. Clouds are coating the creek in the morning hours between 7:30-9:00. The spinner fall typically occurs later and later as the season progresses but you can find fish eating emergers and duns at daylight. 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 AGAIN 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!

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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

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We are anticipating primo conditions into September and beyond on the spring creeks. Temps and water levels couldn’t be better for August!

Managed Trout Water

Spring Run is still producing fish as well as 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!