Within a 30-minute drive of The Speckled Trout B&B, you have a number of great streams, including the South River, Mossy Creek, St. Mary’s River (wilderness area), and numerous brook trout streams within Shenandoah National Park. Check out the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited website for a listing and directions to some of our great area streams. In the mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley you will find over 2,350 miles of wild trout water to keep you busy for some time!
Recent Conditions Updates:
Fishing is improving, as reported below, but dress warm and have a wonderful Christmas!!
JIM & KAY
Mossy Creek Fly Fishing – 12/17/11
James and Shenandoah River
We will post updates starting Monday when we will begin our 2-week musky hunt before the New Year!
Mountain Brook Trout Streams
A few streams are coming back online but we haven’t received but a few reports from the mountains. The cold weather the past few days have kept anglers close to home. We don’t anticipate great fishing until mid week when things warm back up a bit.
We will be back out guiding full force on Tuesday. The weather looks better and better each day until the end of the week. Hopefully the rain this coming weekend won’t amount to much. We have been pounded with a ton of rain recently. Current water levels should hold nicely for the at least a month or 2! We are hoping for more BWO and midge action this winter!
Managed Trout Water
North River, South River, Jackson, Back Creek, Bullpasture, Maury, Passage Creek are all in good shape! Dress warm this weekend as it will be cold!
South River Fly Shop – 12/13/11
The South River SRA water levels are back down and it’s fishing well. The higher water has moved fish around a bit and finished dispersing them from the September stocking. BWO’s in size 18 and ICSI or Suspender midges are the flies to have.
On the South River DH section, the water is still a tad high, but it’s fishable. Some nice trout have been caught in the area between the YMCA and the old dam site. Above the dam to Ridgeview Park is open to fishing, but you may not leave the water without landowner’s permission. If you have any questions or concerns about fishing this area, call the Verona office of the DGIF at (540) 248-9360. If confronted, ask the person for their name and address and don’t escalate the situation. If threatened, leave and call the game warden or police immediately. We have a good friend who has been harassed in this area twice and these were the instructions he was given by a DGIF authority.
Mossy Creek is doing OK, lots of small fish. Baetis in #20 and midges work well, along with a soft hackle wet swung through the heads of pools and likely-looking runs.