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

South Fork of Shenandoah River - VA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

74

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing's Tip of the Week

Nice weather this week! Fishing should be easy all week.

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Map of  South Fork of Shenandoah River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 8/1/22

Detailed Forecast This AfternoonScattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 3pm and 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. TonightPartly cloudy, with a low around 68. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. TuesdayMostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the morning. Tuesday NightMostly clear, with a low around 64. Light north wind. WednesdaySunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind. Wednesday NightMostly clear, with a low around 68. ThursdayA chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Sunny, with a high near 92. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Thursday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 69. FridayShowers and thunderstorms likely after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Friday NightA chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 30%. SaturdayShowers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around 69. SundayA chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Techniques & Tips as of 8/1/22

Topwater action has been good especially when it has been hot and bright out. Keep an eye out for afternoon thunderstorms in the forecast for the next week.

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.