Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Forecast 7/10/2023
Colby brings us the forecast this week. Rainfall last week and over the weekend helped to replenish streamflow in some of our regional mountain streams. Storms Saturday and Sunday over the Shenandoah National Park bumped up flows in many of those streams. Gauges on the eastern slope drainages shows they are flowing about double average flow today. You should be able to find some good fishing there for this week but we will need more rain by the end of the week or weekend to help keep this trend going. The streams west of Harrisonburg are cold but running thin on water. Temps Sunday were hovering around 59 degrees on Dry River and Skidmore Fork. The spring creeks are fishing well and it is officially BEETLE season. Mid July is when the spring creek trout really tune into beetles and will track them down unlike most flies. Prospecting big foam beetles with long casts way upstream can produce some of the biggest fish of the year. If you can stand the oppressive heat on the spring creeks this time of year it can be extremely rewarding. Expect sunny dry weather through Wednesday and then we have a chance for rain again Thursday into next week. With the sunny and hot weather this week we will need another shot of rain soon in order to continue trout fishing this month. The warm water rivers got a nice shot of rain again to help boost flows. The bass fishing has been excellent as a result. We had some record breaking number days recently with some anglers counting over 100 fish days. The afternoon topwater fishing has been excellent. Todd's Wiggle Minnow, Murdich Slider, Rio's Soft Chew, Umpqua Swim Frogs, and poppers and Sneaky Pete's have been crushing fish. Carp can be found most days cruising the shallows picking treats off the bottom. They are really active on the overcast days. They are much harder to see on the overcast days but be sure to have a rod rigged with a big damselfly nymph, hellgrammite, or crayfish fly in case you get an opportunity to cast to a feeding fish! Water temps are over 75 degrees now on the South Fork so we are giving the musky a break until temps are safely back in the low 70's or upper 60's. Check out the video for all the details!
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- Colby Trow