Hi All-Lets meeet Andy Holmaas/Host on Thursday, August 5, at 7am in Bridgewater at route 257 & 42 intersection at the Quarles gasmart. A Mossy Creek fishing card is needed from DGIF/Verona office! Bring trico’s, ants, beetles hoppers, water, snacks, & hip waders. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Hi All–Lets meet Host Chuck Hoysa at 7am on Wednesday, July 28, at Hogue Tract Handicapped Hunting parking area on Summerduck Road(~1/2 mile upstream of Kelly’s Ford). Bring poppers, streamers, boots/sneakers, water & snacks. Email email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Join us for a Fish with a Friend day on the Rapidan River at Germanna College Visitor Center at 7am for smallmouth bass hosted by Fred Kallmeyer. Fred will be sending out an email as the date approaches with additional information. Send Fred an email via the Contact Us page if you are interested in receiving the FWF emails.
I just got off the phone with Rob Paul, who had just spoken with Mike McCaffery, reporting on the Rapidan. The water levels in the Rapidan are lower than he has ever seen them and water temperatures were approaching 70 degrees. According to Rob, Mike also reported dead fish floating in some of the pools, snakes in the pools going after the trapped fish, and the fish in the pools rightfully stressed.
This weather has been the most severe I’ve seen this early in my 10 years here, and while things are going to cool off some, it has imposed a serious toll on the fish. As a result, we are going to cancel the Fish with a Friend outing for July 10. Sorry for the notice.
Greg Safford and I fished Shaver’s Fork south of Elkins about 6 weeks ago. The water temperature was 53 degrees. We went back 3 weeks ago and fished Shaver’s Fork again and the canyon section of Blackwater Falls. The water temperature on both rivers was 77 degrees. Tailwaters may be the only solid trout fishing in the area for quite some time.
Have a great weekend and stay out of the heat if you can. Cross your fingers for much cooler temperatures and long durations of steady rain. We need both desperately.