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Virginia Fly Fishing Report March 2023

Winter seems to be in the rear view mirror and the trout are active. We have seen hatches starting weeks ahead of schedule and the occasional rains are keeping the rivers at great levels.

The Brook Trout streams are fishing really well already. Look for little Black Stoneflies, Caddis, and Quill Gordons to be emerging. Keep fishing dry dropper rigs, unless you are seeing consistent risers, and focus on the deeper pools.

The larger trout streams are still being stocked on a regular basis. As we get further into the Spring, the DWR will stock the delayed harvests more often. Fish 10-12# attractors followed by large Mayfly or Caddis nymphs on most streams. Streamers have also produced some nice fish in the past two weeks. Look for rising fish in the next two weeks as the hatches become heavier.

I've heard reports of Smallmouth Bass fishing heating up. Look for the bass to begin to move out of the deep, slow pools and into pre-spawn waters to feed this month.

My weekend dates are booking up fast through April, so act fast to take advantage of the best fishing of the year!

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