Shenandoah River

Guided: Yes Fish Type: Smallmouth Bass and Musky
State: VA Current Rating: Excellent
County: County Last Updated: May 22, 2017

The Shenandoah is fishing very well. Spring rains bumped levels up for a week or so, but with the drop, fish are done spawning and they are on the feed. For 3 floats last week we had topwater action for each one. Topwater Kreelexes in #4 and #2 got the best results with fish from 10"-18". Sub surface......CK Baitfish in White or Flourescent Yellow did very well. Clawdads in Moccasin, Wood and Black-n-Blue put the largest fish in the boat. Fish have been holding right on the bansk for the most part in 1-5 feet of water. Email us for available dates for float trips. For all Chuck Kraft fly patterns and paterials to tie all of his flies go to For our Youtube site for Chuck Kraft's instructional videos and more go to
We fish the areas of both Forks of the Shenandoah from Rt 33 to Front Royal. Depending on water flows and water conditions we can provide productive fishing for clients even during high water flows and poor water clarity. Our NRS sport raft handles class 4 rapids easily and we can maneuver into areas where one may not be able to wade. Spring of 2003 was a very productive time for us. Numerous clients landed Smallmouth Bass in the 4-6 lbs. class using larger patterns and fishing the eddies with Southern exposure. Check out our catolog for some of the more productive patterns. There are other patterns coming soon. We can also do longer floats and just keep moving during the day en order to cover the distance. High water is preferable on the longer trips. Take a look at our services page for rates and other information.

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