Listen to Harry’s preseason fly fishing report for smallmouth bass and trout fishing in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
1.98″ of rain in downtown Edinburg has the North Fork and South Fork of the Shenandoah River high, muddy and un-fishable as of right now. Big Stony Creek, Mill Creek, Passage Creek and the rest of the Shenandoah Valley stocked trout streams are high and un-fishable right now. If you have to get on the water, your only option is likely kayaking, rafting or whitewater canoeing the North Fork or South Fork of the Shenandoah. Floating over the low water bridges shouldn’t pose much of a problem as many are 3-4 feet underwater as I write this. The good news is many streams and rivers have reached their crest and for you hoping to cast to a few trout, Passage Creek is dropping back quickly and will be fishable by Saturday (12-10-2011) afternoon unless we receive unpredicted rain. Until then, stop by the fly shop at 10:00am Saturday for our Workshop: Fly Fishing for Trout.
Fishing Report: The local trout streams are all in great shape. Hike down from the Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway for your best water levels on the native Brook Trout streams. The local smallmouth streams are all in great shape. Fishing has been good, bring a sink tip fly line a heavy streamers since the rivers are still full. Floating is your best bet if you have access to a canoe, boat, kayak or something that will suffice.
The Fly Shop will be closed on Memorial Day…. I’m going fishing!! So give me a call Saturday to get the information on where to go and what to use.
You have heard as many theories on what color fly to use in each color of water known to anglers. This evening I tried a few of my favorites and found black to work quite well. The visibility into the water was about two feet and the river level is high, too high to wade on the North Fork of the Shenandoah North of Edinburg.
Will other colors work? Sure, I had success with both Olive and Chartreuse patterns (Roadkill and Marauder). I did not try any others though. Vince Marinaro used to say he preferred black because of it’s contrast (darker) with the muddy water. Since I give Vince a lot of credit as a knowledgeable angler, I tend to start off with this theory.
Another favorite theory employed around the shop is match the color of the water i.e. Olive Colored water = Olive Colored flies, clear water = white flies and so-on. Chartreuse? I don’t want to see water even close to Chartreuse but it works, sometimes seemingly better than any others, and so, out go the two above theories.
This afternoon turned out to be beautiful, a pleasant change from our recent stint of rain. As we floated the river, we watched a few youngsters from Edinburg bank fishing with their parents and were quite pleased to see they were having success in the catching department.
As you read this, I hope you have just returned from a fantastic trip to your favorite stream or river. As for the fishing, it was great! We caught quite a few bass and sunfish on Sink Tip III and V fly lines, yes there is a lot of water…. All looked great with no signs of illness on any of them.