Water flow: full
Visibility: 40 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: All Day!
Best stretch: All stretches
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:
Bugs are hatching but we are focusing on fishing crayfish and baitfish patterns. The smallmouth bass are in their prespawn mode and will be spawning over the next 3 weeks! Start looking for 17 year cicadas over the next few weeks
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' 8 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Bass Freshwater WF
Best sinking fly line: Depth Charge Full Sink
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!
Water levels are still very high and dirty. the river will be high for the next 5-6 days.
Good steady weather. Highs in the 60s lows in the 40s