Water flow: Average flow
Visibility: 50 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 51 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: All Day
Best stretch: The Headwaters are a bit more stained due to flashy afternoon thunderstorms in the area. Clearer waters can be found from Luray downstream
Best access point: All access points are through the VDGIF designated public boat launches. All boat launches are currently clean and manageable.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
No more major hatches are producing topwater or aggressive feeding activity.
Fish species: Smallmouth Bass, Carp, Musky, Largemouth, Redbreast Sunfish, Rock Bass
Fishing season: March-September for Smallmouth, Carp, and Largemouth, Year-Round Musky
Nearest airport: Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 0X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 11 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Freshwater Bass WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
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!
Prep for cold winter tactics this week. We have snow, freezing rain, and sleet in the forecast. Expect highs in the low 30's by the end of the week. For musky be prepared with BIG flies, big rods, and full sink lines.
Detailed Forecast This AfternoonMostly sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. TonightRain likely, possibly mixed with sleet, mainly after 5am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 33. Light northeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no sleet accumulation expected. TuesdayRain, possibly mixed with sleet, becoming all rain after 1pm. High near 35. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tuesday NightA chance of rain before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%. WednesdayMostly sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Wednesday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around 32. ThursdayA chance of rain showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Thursday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 22. FridaySunny, with a high near 34. Friday NightMostly clear, with a low around 19. SaturdayMostly sunny, with a high near 37. Saturday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around 23. SundayMostly cloudy, with a high near 43.