VA Stream Reports
Last updated February 20, 2018
THE SMITH RIVER (VA.)
**The lower section of the Smith through Bassett, VA was stocked on January 31**
The weekends look like the best time to wade the Smith as they are generating everyday during the week. You need mid 200 cfs or lower to wade safely so make sure to check the water levels before you head that way. We have the water level gauge on our website under the links page: www.thegreendrake.com – links.
Smaller flies work best on the upper and middle sections. Zebra midges in black and olive (18-20), pheasant tails (18-20), olive copper johns (18) and sulphur nymphs (16-18). On top a parachute adams or elk hair caddis can be deadly.
NORTH FORK OF THE NEW RIVER (VA)
The New has slowed a bit due to cooler water temps but with afternoons still hitting the mid seventies the fish are still feeding just not as aggressively. The middle part of the day will be the best time to be on the water until those first few frosts really make the fishing slow. Make sure to have plenty of baitfish patterns like clousers, deceivers, conehead wooly buggers, murdich minnow and sculpzillas. Also, bright colored poppers and sliders need to be available in your box as well.