Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Forecast 5/3/2022
Nick brings us the fishing forecast this week. Reports from the weekend and already this week have been phenomenal across most of our local waters. From the mountain brook trout streams to the spring creeks to the warm water rivers the fishing couldn't get much better. Stable weather in the upper 70's the past few days with no wind has made for some pleasant fishing. We have a chance of rain Tuesday night and then again on Friday into Saturday. Rain would be welcome in small doses right now to keep the trout streams at average flows. The smallmouth spawn is moving along right now on many of our VA rivers. We have yet to see a lot of eggs in nests and we have seen no evidence of fry. Cooler weather has fragmented and delayed the spawn a bit but we anticipate bass to be paired up and dropping eggs this week. You can avoid catching spawning fish or males guarding nests by not fishing the dominant eddies, shoals, and ledges where current is completely still. Not all mature fish will actually spawn and some fish have spawned or have yet to spawn. Those fish are catchable on the current seams, and in the current, riffles, and runs. CK Baitfish, Crittermites, Clawdads, Murdich Wigglers, Home Invaders, Murdich Minnows, Half and Halfs, and Reaper Jigs are all good options right now. Fish 9' 0-3x leaders based on the size or weight of the fly. Brookies are eating most attractor dry flies right now. Royal Wullfs, Humpies, Stimulators, Hot Wing Caddis, ect are favorite options. Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, Nitro Caddis, Frenchies, Psycho Prince, and Twisted Worms are all crushing fish. Size 12-14 dries and nymphs and size 5x leaders and tippet are good choices for the mountains. Tricos have started hatching on the spring creeks. Fish have tuned in nicely to them on Smith Creek. Sulphurs in the evenings are getting the attention of the brown trout on Mossy. We are a few weeks away from the emergence of the larger drakes from hatching on the spring creeks. Dry Droppers will work and some fish will take the dry fly right now while these creeks are running crystal clear. Streamers on the bottom will take your bigger fish right now, especially on the overcast days! Gear up and head out. Prime time is now!
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