A very happy angler with her first trout on the fly!
Sugar Hollow Farm has been fishing well since she shed her ice. Flows have been a higher than average but running clear. Some of the fish have even begun to rising to tan caddis and Hendrickson mayflies, which have begun to emerge. Little black stones are also a good bet for early spring dry fly action.
The Cowpasture River has finally fallen below 1,000 cfs, and is currently running around 850 cfs. That being said, Big Bend Farm should be fishing very well as the flow slowly drops over the coming week. This is streamer type flow. Get into some fishing stripping and swinging big streamers; sink lines would be great as well. If you want to work on some deep nymphing, the water is great for that too. Toss some leggy stoneflies, big hare’s ears and other attractor patterns, but make sure to add some shot to get those flies deep to the fish. Big Bend Farm will be receiving a supplemental stocking in the coming weeks.
Our section on the Calfpasture, Big River Farm, has returned to normal flows for this part of the season and should be fishing very well into the spring. This section will also be receiving a supplemental stocking in the coming weeks. This coupled with light fishing pressure due to ice over the last few months, should make for some spring phenomenal fishing.
The silt has settled on Star B and should fish very well throughout the season. Once again this fishery will promise incredible dry fly fishing, and later in the season, some incredible terrestrial tossin’
Mountain streams are full of water and running clear. A good way to get your flies down to fishy depths is tight light nymphing. Forget the indicators and go with heavy tungsten beads, split shot and dredge ‘em up. Swinging and Quartering small streamers, such as kreelex, should entice larger fish to move as well. Tan caddis, Hendrickson mayflies and assortment of other bugs have begun to come off! Don’t be afraid to tie on some dries up in the mountain streams.
The South River has been fishing pretty darn well throughout the winter, and should continue to do so. Most anglers have reported good luck on streamer patterns and slow and low nymph rigs. The South will be receiving a stocking just before the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, which is being held on the South River on April 11th and 12th.
All in all, spring trout fishing should really be beginning to pop off in the next few weeks. Please contact us here at the shop with and questions or if you would like to schedule a day on the water!
Just a Friendly Reminder
We have teamed up with Star Hill and will be hosting tying sessions in their tap room. If you are interested in tying or great beer, give us a call and get a seat held. Tying in the Tap Room