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The Best Time for Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing on the North or South Fork

The Best Time for Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing on the North or South Fork

Smallmouth bass feed the heaviest in low light levels. For my personal fishing this means the first two hours at dawn and the last two hours at dusk. Since I am in my fly shop until after 5 pm each day, I can easily grab my tackle. I can get to either the North or South Fork of the Shenandoah River for several hours of great fishing.
During these low light levels the bass often move to the areas that contain large populations of natural foods. Some of my most productive areas in the low light levels are the edges of the grassbeds where the water is two to three feet deep.  Also in the tails of the pools. Also the two to three foot deep gravel bars where they taper off into the deep water.

Check out our Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the Shenandoah River 101 Class on February 10, 2018 and March 17, 2018. This two hour class will show you the best access points on the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River by utilizing the master map and books, Virginia Blue-Ribbon Streams and Fly Fishing Techniques for Smallmouth Bass.

Musky Fly Fishing

A Guide to Musky Fly Fishing

Many of the rivers in Virginia hold very large musky that offer exciting fishing with fly rods. For example, both the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River hold good numbers of musky that can be reached by either wading or floating.

A great deal of success one can experience in musky fishing relies on selecting the proper rods, reels, lines, leaders and flies.

In this podcast, Harry Murray, discusses the new selection of musky flies that are available in his fly shop and how to effectively fish them.  He covers the proper leader and what fly rod and reel outfit he recommends for this type of fishing.

If you need help finding the areas of the Shenandoah River that offer musky fishing, stop by the fly shop in Edinburg, Virginia and he will show you the best areas on the map.

Show me the Musky Fly Collection
Show me the Musky Leader
Show me the Musky Fly Rod and Reel Outfit

Five Best Early Season Smallmouth Bass Flies

Five Best Early Season Smallmouth Bass Flies
Murray’s Heavy Black Hellgrammite, Murray’s Black Madtom Sculpin Streamer, Murray’s Olive Marauder, Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer and Shenk’s White Streamer.

In reviewing my stream notes from last year, here are the five best early season smallmouth bass flies which were the most productive from March through June. Based on this success I plan to rely strongly on these for my early season smallmouth bass fishing this year.

Murray’s Heavy Black Hellgrammite size 4
Shenk’s White Streamer size 4
Murray’s Olive Marauder size 6
Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer size 4
Murray’s Black Madtom Sculpin Streamer size 4

As long as the smallmouth bass rivers continue to run at a full level, I fish these these on a Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink 30 Warm Tip Fly Line in 200 grains with a Murray’s Fluorocarbon 6 foot 2X Sinking Line Leader. Once the stream level drops I fish these flies on a SA Sharkwave Siege  Weight Forward 7 Floating Fly Line with a Murray’s Bright Butt 9 foot 2X Leader.

Check out our Smallmouth Bass On The Stream Fly Fishing Schools, Bass Fishing On The Shenandoah River Workshop. Also check out Learn To Cast and Rig Tackle Workshop and Half Day On The Stream Fly Fishing Lessons.

Also do not forget about our Mountain Trout On The Stream Fly Fishing Lessons and Guide Trips!

Harry Murray
Murray’s Fly Shop
PO Box 156
121 South Main Street
Edinburg, Virginia 22824
Phone Number: 540-984-4212
Email Address: info@murraysflyshop.com
Website: www.murraysflyshop.com

Heavy Angling Pressure

Heavy Angling Pressure Blog- Murray's Fly Shop- Edinburg, Virginia
The sections of the smallmouth bass rivers upstream of the take-out spots are the best because they receive light angling pressure. By the time the fishermen have floated this far, they are either running late or they are tired.

Heavy Angling Pressure Blog- Murray’s Fly Shop- Edinburg, Virginia

Frequently I find outstanding smallmouth bass fly fishing on rivers that receive heavy angling pressure. Mostly from floating fishermen in boats, canoes and kayaks. My trick is to wade into the river at the popular take-out spots.  Then turn and wade upstream for my fly fishing.
I have found that the stretched of the smallmouth bass river upstream from the popular take-out spots actually receive light angling pressure. It looks to me like that by the time most float-trips anglers reach the take-out spot they are wither worn-out, running late or are drunk! At any rate the serious angling pressure is light.

Check out our Smallmouth Bass On The Stream Fly Fishing Schools and Half Day On The Stream Fly Fishing Lessons. Also check out our Basic Fly Tying Workshop and Smallmouth Fishing on the Shenandoah River Workshop. Also check out our Learn to Fly Cast and Rig Tackle Workshop.

Harry Murray
Murray’s Fly Shop
PO Box 156
121 South Main Street
Edinburg, Virginia 22824
Phone Number: 540-984-4212
Website: www.murraysflyshop.com
Email Address: info@murraysflyshop.com

September Fly Fishing Podcast

Trout Fishing September
In September we get excellent trout fishing during the caddis hatch by fishing the Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Caddis, Tan size 16 with a Murray’s Tan Caddis Pupa size 14 as a dropper below it.

In today’s fly fishing podcast Harry Murray discusses the tactics and fly patterns which are effective for fishing for trout during the Brown Sedge Caddisfly hatch which is on during September. His discussion of fishing the emerging pupa as a dropper below the Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Dry Fly will help you catch many large trout. Harry also discusses the special feeding stations in the pools where he is catching many trout on the Mr. Rapidan Ants and the special casts which help him.

Over the last three years Harry and his son, Jeff have been developing special Riffle Hitch Techniques and flies which are effective for smallmouth bass. Today Harry describes how to fish this riffle hitch and the new flies which are effective.

Bass Flies:  Bass Skater Shad Streamer #6, Bass Skater Flash Streamer #6, Bass Skater Gold Streamer #6, Shenandoah Blue Popper #4 & #6, Shenandoah Chartreuse Chugger #4 & #6

September Bass Fly Fishing
The clients in our smallmouth bass guide trips quickly master the technique of fishing the riffle cast and catch many large bass with this tactic.

Fly Fishing Workshops on trout fishing, bass fishing, fly casting, fly tying, and more from Murray’s Fly Shop.

Fly Fishing Questions & Answers July 2016

Bass Fly Fishing on the Shenandoah River

In this Fly Fishing Question and Answer Podcast, Harry Murray discusses questions that he has been asked over the last month through phone calls and emails at his fly shop in Edinburg, Virginia.
What type of fly rod should I be using when nymph fishing? How can I enjoy fly fishing when I have hurt my casting arm?  How can I improve my fishing in low, clear water when the fish are easily spooked?  How many reels should I carry with me when on a fishing trip?

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We will be posting another question and answer podcast in the middle of August.

High and Muddy Shenandoah River

High and muddy Shenandoah River Recent rains have left the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River high and muddy  (6/5/16).  We’re hopeful the upper North Fork of the Shenandoah will be fishable by mid-week.

Hot Spots

I find it rewarding and exciting to mentally mark the hot spots of each days fishing and then take advantage of this on my future fishing trips. Knowing where that exceptionally large smallmouth bass lived on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River close to Edinburg, Virginia enabled me to catch the large smallmouth bass several times over the years. The upper section of Lemar with the big boulders below the last bridge always produce several large cutthroats. And the most productive area on the Outer Banks for sea trout was twenty four power poles North of Buxton in the Sound.

Virginia Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast – March 2016

Matching the Hatch
Harry gets his best trout fishing by matching his flies to the natural insects.

In this Virginia Fly Fishing  Stream Report, Harry Murray discusses the trout fishing in March including the natural nymphs that are active early in the month and what flies to use to match the hatch.  He also discusses the importance of the water temperature and how this prompts the nymphs to emerge into the adult flies.

Recommended Fly: Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry
Recommended Leader: Classic 7 1/2ft 5X Knotted leader or Trout Nymph Leader

In the second portion Harry discusses the specific locations in the rivers where you can expect to find bass in March along with the best tactics and flies that are effective.

Recommended Fly Line for Bass Fishing: Scientific Anglers Sonar Sink Head 30 Warm  with a Murray’s 6ft 2X Fluorocarbon Leader

Switch Lines in Mid-River

Switch Fly Fishing Lines while standing mid-river. Murray's Fly Shop Fly Fishing Tips
There are often times when one wants to switch from a floating to a sinking tip fly line and it is not necessary to wade to shore to achieve this.
Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Murray's Fly Shop - North Fork Shenandoah Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass caught on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River

You are standing in mid-river using a 9 foot rod and you decide you would like to switch from a floating fly line to a sinking tip fly line.  You can easily remove the reel spool with the floating line from the reel and insert the reel spool with the sinking tip line. Now pull fifteen feet of line with the leader attached from the reel. Take the fly rod apart at the ferrule in the middle of the rod and place the tip section of the rod under your arm. Thread the leader and line through both sections of the rod then put the tip section back on the butt section at the ferrule and you are ready to fish. This works fine with two piece and four piece rods.

Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer Fly Tying Kit

Murray's Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer
Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer
Murray's Tie a Fly Kit (Just add a vise), Murray's Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer.
Murray’s Tie a Fly Kit (Just add a vise), Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker Streamer.

In the forties and fifties, smallmouth bait fishermen on the Shenandoah River who were after the largest bass used live Hog Suckers for their bait. Then several years ago when a huge smallmouth bass chased a real hog sucker onto a shallow gravel bar to capture it just twenty feet from where I was wading, I decided to develop a Magnum Hog Suck Streamer to catch these big bass.
This new fly is effective from April until November.  Fish it with a slow line hand stripping over the edges of all gravel bars along the banks and the downstream ends of the islands.
In 2016 we started a new item, Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker Fly Tying Kit. This kit contains a photo of the Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker, the complete tying instructions, and enough materials and hooks to tie 24 of these flies. This fly tying kit is $35.95.

Fly Fishing Workshop Podcast

Fly Fishing Workshops

Learn to Fly Fish with our Fly Fishing Workshop–This November we will be starting our fly fishing workshops on Saturdays in the fly shop from 10a.m. to noon.  I will be covering various topics throughout the winter into the spring including  fly casting, fly tying, trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, smallmouth bass fishing in the Shenandoah River and NEW this year Selecting the Proper Fly Rod Outfits.

For more information or to register for a fly fishing workshop …click here   or call 540-984-4212

Fly Casting Workshop

Fly Fishing Report Podcast – Early Fall 2015

Jeff Murray with a smallmouth bass
We catch many large smallmouth bass in the early fall with our Murray’s Crayfish and Magnum Streamers.

In this Fly Fishing Report Podcast we discuss Early Fall Fishing Conditions you will encounter in Virginia and around the mid-Atlantic region.  In this podcast Harry Murray discusses the fly fishing tactics to use in order to get your best fishing on the stocked trout streams and delayed harvest trout areas for the months of October and November.   Effective flies: Pearl Marauder size 10, Black Marauder size 10, Shenandoah Silver Ghost size 10.

The second section of this podcast covers the smallmouth bass fly fishing on the Shenandoah River  with the best tactics, the best sections of the river, and the best flies to catch the large bass as the rivers cool through the fall.  Effective flies: Murray’s Crayfish size 6, Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker size 4 and Murray’s Magnum Darter size 4

Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast, Early Fall 2015

Jeff Murray with a smallmouth bass
We catch many large smallmouth bass in the early fall with our Murray’s Crayfish and Magnum Streamers.

Fly Fishing In Early Fall in Virginia.  In this podcast Harry discusses the tactics to use in order to get your best fishing on the stocked trout streams and delayed harvest areas for the months of October and November.   Effective flies: Pearl Marauder size 10, Black Marauder size 10, Shenandoah Silver Ghost size 10.

The second section of this podcast covers the smallmouth bass fishing on the Shenandoah River  with the best tactics, the best sections of the river, and the best flies to catch the large bass as the rivers cool in the fall months.  Effective flies: Murray’s Crayfish size 6, Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker size 4 and Murray’s Magnum Darter size 4

Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast – Late Summer 2015

Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast - Murray's Fly Shop
Many large trout feed heavily on natural cress bugs below the springs during the summer.

Fly Fishing Stream Report Podcast – Late Summer 2015 with Harry Murray

In this fly fishing stream report 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).

The Best Action with Surface Bugs

Surface Bug Bass Fly Fishing Murray's Fly Shop VA
The best smallmouth bass surface bug action comes from fishing the pattern that gives the action needed.

In order to catch large bass consistently on hard surface bugs it is very important to be able to adjust the bug action to the type of water we are fishing. I have designed the Shenandoah Surface Bugs with this goal in mind.  (1) For example, we often find bass feeding in water two feet deep along the shaded banks and a gentle teasing bug-action is very effective. The Shenandoah Slider with its long slim pointed nose is very productive here.  (2) Four feet deep banks with fast currents produce large bass to a bug that can create a loud water-throwing action. The Shenandoah Chugger with its fat body and deeply cut face quickly brings these bass to the surface with a firm stripping action.  (3) Grass beds and gentle current areas hold many bass that will take bug-action between these two extremes. The Shenandoah Popper with its long tapered body and up-sloping face will take many of these bass.

June 2015 Virginia Trout and Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Reports

Smallmouth Bass caught on the Shenandoah River
Smallmouth Bass caught on the Shenandoah River

 

These fly fishing reports for Virginia covers 3 different areas of fishing: stocked trout streams, mountain trout streams and smallmouth bass in the Shenandoah River.  Harry discusses the tactics to use for each stream and the best flies to use for the water levels and conditions that we have right now.
Best Flies: Murray’s Flying Beetle #14, Murray’s Inchworm #14, Shenk’s Sulphur Dry #16, Murray’s Yellow Drake #16, Shenk’s Cress Bug, Betsy Streamer, Magnum Streamers, Shenandoah Poppers

Reading a Smallmouth River

Smallmouth Bass School Murray's Fly Shop Virginia
My goal in all of my schools is to teach all of the students to read the water.

The most valuable skill a smallmouth angler can develop is learning to read the water accurately. The few minutes spent analyzing a section of a river in this way will give you more bass on the spot and a better understanding of all sections of the rivers in the future.
I see this as a three step process. First I strive to determine where the bass will be holding. The best of these areas  are a combination of a feeding station and a holding area. The second step is determining where to present my fly so I can fish it effectively through the basses feeding station. The third step is positioning myself at the precise spot which will enable me to make my presentation accurately and swim my fly convincingly through the basses feeding station.

My Helpful Angler’s Calendar

Fly Fishing Murray's Fly Shop Virginia
I rely strongly on my calendar to find good fishing for both trout and smallmouths throughout the season.

My angler’s calendar is very large, having about two inch square spaces for each date. This allows plenty of space for me to write in where I fished that day, the water temperature, the hatches, water level, my catch and any other important information. Each January when I get a new calendar I write in the above information from previous years.  This brings back wonderful memories as I record these previous trips. It also helps me plan future fishing trips as I correlate the present stream conditions and hatches with what I did on past trips under similar conditions. Great fun!

Switch-Hand Casting

Fly Fishing Murray's Fly Shop Virginia
By knowing the basics of good fly casting one can easily cast with either hand.

I have a good friend who injured his right shoulder badly.  Since he cast with his right hand he was very disappointed that he would loose a season’s fishing while he recovered from surgery. I encouraged him to just switch over and cast with his left hand which he did and he was able to fish the whole season.
In my fly fishing schools I have always had to cast with both hands to help all of my students. If you have not tried this give it a go. You will be pleased how well you do. After all you already know the proper casting technique.

Fly Fishing Report Podcast – Trout & Smallmouth Bass- March 2015

William Downey (102 years old) has enjoyed the native brook trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, since "before the war" in his words. (That would be WWII)
William Downey (102 years old) has enjoyed the native brook trout fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, since “before the war” in his words. (That would be WWII)

In the first part of this fly fishing report podcast Harry Murray discusses the effective flies and tactics for fishing streamers below the riffles on our stocked trout streams.  (Hot Fly–Murray’s Marauder in Black or Pearl size 10)

The second part of this fly fishing report podcast covers the sections of the streams and locations along with the best flies and tactics to use when fishing the mountain trout streams in the Shenandoah National Park. (Hot Fly–Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14, Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Olive size 12)  For more information on the Shenandoah National Park Streams check out the book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park.

The last segment of this fly fishing report podcast covers the locations in the rivers where the bass feed under the present conditions along with the best flies and effective tactics.  (Hot Fly–Magnum Creek Chub size 4 and Magnum HogSucker size 4)

Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass & Trout–May 2014

Fly Fishing Report May 2014

Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass & Trout–May 2014
In this fly fishing podcast Harry Murray discusses the streams conditions plus the techniques to use at this time of the year on our smallmouth bass rivers in the first part.  The second part includes the conditions of the trout streams and what flies and techniques to use.

Interested in learning to fly fishing?  Consider our 2-day Smallmouth Bass Schools or our 1/2 day Fly Fishing Lessons.

Have questions on where to go?  Stop by the fly shop and we’ll be happy to go over the maps with you for the best areas to fish.

North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Edinburg, VA

North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Edinburg, VA on October 25, 2012
I snapped this shot of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River on October 25, 2012 near Edinburg, VA. Fall is definitely here. The leaves are past their peak and are quickly falling from the trees. It’s beginning to look more and more like winter.

Wary Smallmouth

We now have great drift boats that permit us to stand in the front of the boats to cast while drifting the rivers. Recent studies reveal that by showing the large bass this high angle of a fisherman we are scaring many fish. The solution: Stay seated and do not wear white or brightly colored hats and shirts.

Stop and Impart Action


When you are fishing streamers across stream for trout or bass as you wade downstream stop and stand still before stripping your fly back. This enables you to quickly detect the strike and set the hook.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Podcast 5-22-12

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Podcast with Harry Murray Listen to Harry Murray’s Podcast discussion on Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass from late May through early summer.  Harry discusses stream conditions, smallmouth bass feeding areas, effective flyfishing tactics and productive flies to use while fly fishing this time of the year.

North and South Fork Shenandoah River Fly Fishing Report

North Fork Shenandoah River Muddy and High

The North Fork of the Shenandoah River is currently in great shape at Strasburg, VA but upstream from Edinburg, VA to Fulks Run, VA there is a lot of water. The USGS Streamflow Gauges show that the river has reached it’s crest on both the Mt. Jackson Streamflow Gauge and the Cootes Store Streamflow Gauge. This is what we call “quick water”. Quick water leaves the area quickly because it fell in a short time frame and was not able to soak in. This doesn’t help the water table, it is mostly just a speed bump in the Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing. Fortunately you can usually get ahead of or behind the extra water as it moves through the Shenandoah Valley.

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is currently in great shape from Luray, VA downstream to the Potomac River. The USGS Streamflow Gauges show the river has reached it’s crest on the Lynnwood, VA Streamflow Gauge. This water will move through quickly as well but there is a lot of it.

The North Fork of the Shenandoah River and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River will both have “fishable” areas through the weekend. Give us a call if you need help determining where the extra water is or track it on the USGS Streamflow Gauges.

Fall Fishing


Listen to Harry Murray’s discussion on the fishing for smallmouth bass and trout throughout the upcoming fall season along with the flies and techniques to use.

Shenandoah Riverside Festival in 2 weeks

Come on out an support the cause of cleaning up the Shenandoah River with good food, good times, and great music. More info at www.shenandoahriversidefestival.com
This is Earth Korps primary yearly fundraiser so if you cannot attend, donations or volunteers are always welcome and greatly appreciated.

Earth Korps Now Accepting Sponsors for 2011

All in a days work for Earth Korps

If you’d would like your company or organization to be a part of the Shenandoah River clean-up campaign then go to www.earthkorps.wordpress.com and check out our sponsors page. Then contact the Captain with the level you’d like to be on. (earthkorps@yahoo.com)

Hard at work on the river.

Earth Korps has been doing alot of work here on the Shenandoah River lately. Just wanted to let everyone know some of the things we have been getting out. In a few hours today we got 3 stoves, a fridge, a safe, a king size mattress, 10 tires and much more.

Stop by earth korps’ blog at www.earthkorps.wordpress.com or check out the site at www.earthkorps.org

-Captain-

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing

North Fork Smallmouth Bass on 4/9/2010 on an Olive Madtom #4.

The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah are both in great shape for floating.  The temperatures are in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s.  We have done well with streamers fished slow and deep with sink tip fly lines.  Olive Marauders and Black Madtom/ Sculpin in Size 4 or 6 have been working well.
Use caution if you are wading since there is still a lot of water in the river.
I have watched several anglers wading without a wader belt…. please do not do this!  A wader belt is designed to keep your waders from filling up with water should you accidentally take a swim. Waders which are full of water make it very difficult to move/ swim which can lead to dire consequences in fast or deep water.

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Report

The warm weather has kicked the local fly fishing in to gear!  The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River are both in great shape and are fishing well (for April).  Kelly landed this 15 1/2 inch Smallmouth Bass on an Olive Marauder #6 on 4/7/2010.  A Sink Tip III Fly Line will work well for helping to swim your flies deeply through the ledges and deep pockets.  An 8 Wt. Fly Rod will help you cast the heavy flies and lines a bit better than a 6 or 7 that we typically use in the summer.

Fly Fishing for Brook Trout in the Shenandoah National Park has been very good with mayflies and caddis coming off throughout the day.  There is still a lot of water so if you are willing to hike into the upper reaches of your favorite stream, you will likely be rewarded with a few more willing fish.

EarthKorps Riverside Music Festival Fundraiser

EarthKorps (a non-profit whose goal is simply removing trash from the river) is holding a Shenandoah Riverside Music Festival Fundraiser. Please support their efforts if you are able. They do a great job of actually cleaning trash out of the river. As of right now, several of our guides have made plans to attend. If you cannot come for the entire weekend, come for a day or part of a day.
EarthKrops Shenandoah Riverside Festival Fundraiser

A tow strap… Good!

Hyde Rocky Mountain Skiff on the North Fork of the Shenandoah
Not quite frozen… the ground that is.  As we launched the new Hyde Skiff, my muddy boots gave the hint that we might be in trouble.  We went about our casting of  the new Scott T2H and returned to find that in fact the truck was stuck.  After getting covered in mud and the help of a Jeep with a tow strap, we still made it to our dinner plans on time! To quote Yvon Chouinard, “It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong”.  How many times have I moved the tow strap out of my way when doing more mundane things??
Stuck in the mud!

Another trip for our new Hyde Skiff

December 4, 2009 North Fork Trip
Preparing to launch the Hyde Skiff
With snow in the forecast and tomorrow’s high of 35 degrees, our smallmouth bass fly fishing might be coming to an end. It seems that the extra water from Wednesday’s rain slowed the fish on the North Fork of the Shenandoah a bit more than last week. We landed two fish in three hours and needed a Hi-D Head to achieve success. The water temperature was 48 degrees. However, we are enjoying our new Hyde Rocky Mountain Skiff more and more!!

Lifetime Supply

If you find a fly fishing product you really like you better get a lifetime supply because they may stop making it.

Hanging on…. fishing season that is

North Fork Shenandoah River near Edinburg, VA
Fishing on the North Fork yesterday provided some beautiful scenery and weather and even a few fish to keep it interesting. 54 degree water, down one degree from Tuesday.

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Podcast XV– Late Season Smallmouth Bass Tactics

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Harry’s view on Late Season Smallmouth Bass Tactics

Take a kid fishing!!

My Grandson Jake’s first Smallmouth Bass on a fly rod… Up at 4:00am and on the river by 5:00.. the early “kid” got the fish. Grandson Jake with his first Smallmouth Bass on a Fly Rod

Bass Podcast XI–Fishing Smallmouth Skaters from early July to mid September

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Fishing Smallmouth Skaters from early July to mid September

Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Podcast Part X–Fishing Smallmouth Hard Head Surface Bugs from mid July to December

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Harry’s view on fishing Smallmouth Hard Head Surface Bugs from mid July to the end of the year

Spawning Smallmouth

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Bass Podcast VI–Smallmouth Nymph Tactics from early April to mid May

Fly Fishing Smallmouth Bass Podcast Part VI

Smallmouth Nymph Tactics from early April to mid May

Rain and the Rivers

500 CFS on the North Fork
500 CFS on the North Fork

The South Fork of the Shenandoah drainage received more rain than the North Fork drainage. The North Fork of the Shenandoah is still in great shape for fishing and floating. The South Fork is coming up and looks as though it reached it’s crest but it is becoming discolored above Luray, VA. If you plan on fishing the South Fork today, somewhere North of Luray will be your best bet. Otherwise, head to the North Fork.

Floating the North or South Fork

Look to the shade with your poppers
Look to the shade with your poppers

The water levels are great right now for floating just about anywhere on the North or South Fork of the Shenandoah. Fly fishing with poppers was great yesterday and the fishing should only improve with the forecast. Remember early mornings and late evenings will be your best bet on days with bright sunlight. If you must fish in the middle of the day, look for shade or deep water.

Bass Podcast V–Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Streamer Tactics from early April until mid May

Harry’s discussion on Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Streamer Tactics from early April until mid May.
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Smallmouth Bass River Report

North Fork Shenandoah River Smallmouth
North Fork Shenandoah River Smallmouth

For those of you interested in Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing in Virginia, check out the Smallmouth Bass River Report from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. There are quite a few interesting numbers like a 14 inch Smallmouth Bass in the South Fork of the Shenandoah is typically over 10 years old.

A Rock Bass or two

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth and this nice Rock Bass ate the Brown Marauder.

Saturday fishing on the North Fork of the Shenandoah (before the rain) was great. Many smallmouth bass cooperated with our poppers, nymphs and streamers. This is a Rock Bass (aka: Goggle-Eye, Red-Eye) that was caught very close to a few spawning beds of its kind. Guess he thought my Brown Marauder looked like a threat to its nest.
Many fish (Redbreast, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass and a variety of minnows) are either spawning now or making preparations to do so in the near future. If you are wading the rivers, please use caution not to step on/ in/ close to these redds.