Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast for late Summer 2015
In this Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast for late Summer 2015 Harry Murray discusses the best areas to find the trout in the stocked trout streams and the most productive flies and techniques including Ed Shenk’s Cress Bug. Also with the water levels dropping for the end of the summer he touches on the best flies (Murray’s Moth, Housefly, Oakworm, & Yellow Jacket) to use to catch those brook trout in the mountain trout streams in the Shenandoah National Park using the hands and knees approach.
The last section of this podcast covers the smallmouth bass fishing on the Shenandoah River. He discusses when, where and how to catch the bass feeding on the Hexagenia Mayflies along with a new technique and flies (Mr. Rapidan Skater, Shad Streamer) for catching bass with a riffle hitch.
See our video on the riffle hitch (click here).
Shenandoah River Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report Update:
The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah are both in great shape and running in the mid 50’s. Check the Fishing Report for current fishing conditions for both Smallmouth Bass and Trout.
Spring Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass and Trout – Virginia with Harry Murray and Murray’s Fly Shop.
It’s time to find your fly fishing gear and check your flies!
In the first part of this Fly Fishing Podcast Harry Murray discusses the Trout fishing along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park and George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. He discusses the long winter and how it is affecting the trout fishing on the streams throughout the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
In the second part of this Fly Fishing Podcast Harry Murray discusses the Smallmouth Bass fishing in the rivers of Virginia and how the winter chill is affecting the fishing on the river in and around the Shenandoah Valley.
Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report No smallmouth yet but I did pick up some very large fall fish 2 days ago on a Murray’s Heavy Hellgrammite. Fish these deeply with a Sink Tip III Line. Other flies that can be productive early in the season are Murray’s Black Madtom 4 and Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker 4.
Trout Fishing Report The streams are still cold but many large rainbows have been stocked in some of our best large streams. Two of my favorites are the Bullpasture upstream of Williamsville and Big Stoney Creek below the springs west of Edinburg. Be versitle in your fly selection to match the whims of the trout.
The trout in the mountain streams will start feeding shortly as the Epeorus pleuralis mayfly nymphs become active. You will find these in the lower parts of the riffles and just below the riffles. I designed the Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph to match these so fish this in size 14 upstream dead drift on a 5X Classic Leader with two SA Indicators spaced along it. The lower reaches of the streams will give you the best fishing because there may still be some ice in the upper reaches. Other flies that are effective in these streams early in the season are the Murray’s Dark Stonefly Nymph 12 and the Murray’s Olive Caddis Pupa 12.
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.