Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Forecast 6/5/2023
It has been a busy few days for us. The Mossy Creek Invitational fundraiser for Project Healing Waters was on Saturday and we enjoyed a picture perfect day. Thanks again to all of the sponsors, participants, and volunteers that allowed this event. The fly fish truck will be on the road the next 2 weekends! If you are around the Lexington area next weekend we will be at Devil's Backbone on Sunday June 11th from 11:30 - 7pm. Stop by and browse our selection, get a casting tuneup, or hang out and chat fishing! We will be in Richmond the following Sunday at Hardywood West Creek on Father's Day June 18th as well. Brian brings us the forecast this week. We have more dry and sunny weather ahead. There isn't much rain in the 10 day forecast outside a slight chance of a thunderstorm Wednesday evening or night. Temps are in the 70's and 80's this week with lows in the upper 40's and 50's so at least it is staying a bit cooler. Water flows are looking like late summer right now just about everywhere. The brook trout streams are getting thin. Most of the rain last week went north and south of us. Southwest VA has more water than anywhere for better trout fishing right now. The creeks and streams with the deeper runs and pools will fish best but another few weeks without rain and they will be in poor shape for fishing. The spring creeks are still flowing but are 'air clear' right now and the fish spooky. The best times to fish are early and late during periods of low light. Tricos are hatching in the morning. You will still find some drakes around and a few sulphurs. Terrestrial insects are coming into play and ants and beetles are starting to work well. Fish will take hoppers right now too despite not too many available yet. Take advantage of overcast days on the spring creeks when the fish will be less spooky and more willing to eat. If you enjoy technical fishing, sight fishing, and going 1 on 1 with fish it can be a fun and rewarding time to fish while we have these low and clear conditions. If you are looking for action and numbers of fish you will want to head to our warm water rivers. The bass fishing has been solid when the weather has been stable. Topwater flies and sliders are working well and if the topwater bite slows down have plenty of baitfish, crayfish, and hellgrammite patterns available. Give the crayfish and hellgrammite patterns a try around the riffles and rapids, baitfish along the water willow, and topwater flies along the bank structure. Water temps have been hovering around 70 on the South Fork but cooler nights can bring it back into the 60's. The musky have been on the hunt and they can be shy in these clear water conditions so make long casts and fish aggressively right now to trigger a strike. It is a good time to keep an eye out for carp feeding as well. If you have a crayfish, sculpin, or hellgrammite pattern on and find a carp feeding give it a shot. They are incredible strong and fun fish to catch on light tackle. Enjoy the weather and have a beautiful week!
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- Colby Trow