Fishing Season: March-September for Smallmouth, Carp, and Largemouth, Year-Round Musky

South Fork of Shenandoah River - VA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

75

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing's Tip of the Week

Grab topwater popping bugs! The bug bite up top is as good as it will get!!!

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Map of  South Fork of Shenandoah River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 9/13/21

Detailed Forecast TodayMostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light southwest wind. TonightPatchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 65. Light and variable wind. TuesdayA slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tuesday NightMostly clear, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. WednesdayA chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Wednesday NightA chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%. ThursdayA chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Thursday NightA chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 30%. FridayA chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Friday NightA chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%. SaturdayMostly sunny, with a high near 84. Saturday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 64. SundayMostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/13/21

Topwater bug fishing has been bringing the largest fish up to the surface! When not as active, fish the clawdad or ck baitfish flies!

Current Conditions as of 9/13/21

Detailed Forecast TodayMostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light southwest wind. TonightPatchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 65. Light and variable wind. TuesdayA slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tuesday NightMostly clear, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. WednesdayA chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Wednesday NightA chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%. ThursdayA chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Thursday NightA chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 30%. FridayA chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Friday NightA chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%. SaturdayMostly sunny, with a high near 84. Saturday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 64. SundayMostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Local Species Available March-September for Smallmouth, Carp, and Largemouth, Year-Round Musky

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    Smallmouth Bass

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    Carp

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    Musky

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    Largemouth

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    Redbreast Sunfish

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    Rock Bass

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Clouser Minnow White 4,6
Moto's Minnow N/A
Lefty's Deceiver White 1/0, 1, 2
Blados Crease Fly N/A
CK Baitfish white, olive, tan 1
Clawdad black, brown, tan 2,4,6,8
Eastern Green Drake N/A
Madtom Sculpin Black 2,4
Trow Minnow White, Gold, Black 2-6

Clouser Minnow

This fly is arguably the best all-around and most recommended saltwater fly ever tied.

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing's Recommended Gear

Description: About South Fork of Shenandoah River

The South Fork of the Shenandoah is one of Virginia's premier smallmouth bass fisheries. This river is very tame with rapids rarely hitting class II or even III. Most of the South Fork can be floated in a tube or canoe. Wading is difficult as there are very deep holes along the river and the only public access is at the VDGIF boat landings. Smallmouth Bass fishing is outstanding from March through September. The South Fork also holds some very big largemouth bass, carp, and musky. This is truly one of Virginia's most diverse warm water fisheries. Our shop is located 15 miles from the South Fork and you can find one of our boats on it every day in Give us a call any time for more details!

Nearest Airport:

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport

Hatches:

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Best Time to Fish:

Anytime

Best Stretch:

All stretches are fishing the same.

Best Access:

All access points are through the VDGIF designated public boat launches. All boat launches are currently clean and manageable.