Harrisonburg, Virginia     Phone: 540-434-2444     Email: store@mossycreekflyfishing.com

Virginia Fly Fishing Report 8/23/2020

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

The James and Shenandoah Rivers

Afternoon and evening thunderstorms continued this week and have prolonged our ability to float the Shenandoah and James Rivers. This coming week will be another mess unfortunately.

It is looking like another bust this week as waters spike on the Shenandoah and James rivers. We will monitor the clarity over the next few days but anticipate not being able to fish until around Friday the 28th…

Our guide service has been overwhelmed lately. We have received upwards of 60 trip requests a day. Weekends are booked through November and weekdays are full through September. We have a few days available for early October but we are booking 2021. We anticipate 2021 smallmouth bookings to be off the charts. Get your peak season trips scheduled early!

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/ !

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

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

North River is still ROLLING right now. The week ahead is looking PRIME for some excellent brook trout fishing in the mountains.

Dry River has been fishing extremely well. Anglers were losing count of fish caught on dry flies.

Reports from Ramsey’s Draft have been excellent as well. Stimulators, humpies, adams crushing fish.

Dry River is full of water!

The big story of the week is how great the brook trout fishing is right now. Anglers are literally losing count of fish. Dry droppers? Yes they will work but anglers said the dry fly bite was so good there was no need for droppers. Fish up to and over 12″ were reported on Dry River, Skidmore Fork, and Ramsey’s Draft. North River is still running a bit high but should be perfect this coming week. The SNP streams are all flowing well. So, how long will this trend last? It will last as long as our quality water flows last. The 10 day forecast is showing hot weather returning and limited rainfall. We should be able to enjoy this water and fantastic action for at least a week or 2.

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

The best dry fly fishing of the year is here! Tricos, terrestrials, and now the Hex bugs are here!

Spring Run is full of water and also currently full of fish!

Hoppers are in peak right now and have grown to the size of your thumb! In green, yellow, tan, and gray!

Massive rainbow from a caddis nymph this week at Spring Run.

Tricos are hatching in the morning hours and the spinnerfall has been bringing up fish 7-9am. Beetles, ants, hoppers, and crickets are available on the streamside vegetation now. Hex’s have invaded the creeks once again and can be found emerging throughout the day but are swarming before dark and in the evening hours. The dry fly fishing has been great. Mossy Creek, Beaver Creek, Smith Creek, Spring Run, and Buffalo have great water flows. This dry fly action should continue through September until the 1st major cold fronts hit us. The overcast rainy days have been great for streamer fishing. Big dark streamer patterns, kreelex, and articulated patterns like peanut envy’s, dungeouns, and monkeys have been moving some large fish. The weather will be HOT this week but fishing should be great. Target the early morning and late evening periods for the best dry fly action.

SUSIE Q is open for bookings now until October 19. The creek will be CLOSED for hunting Oct 19-November. Bookings are being taken December 1- 2021.

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

Browns sipping hoppers…does it get any better?

It is our favorite time of year for throwing the largest dry flies!

Managed Trout Water

Big fish are being caught on Spring Run, Cowpasture, and 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!