The Speckled Trout Bed and Breakfast

607 Oak Avenue, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980
Innkeeper(s): Jim & Kay Heafner
 

Great Brook Trout Fishing in Shenandoah National Park and Laurel Fork Continues! 5 Jun 2012, 7:52 am

Recent Conditions Updates 06/04/12:

Within a 30-minute drive of The Speckled Trout B&B, you have a number of great streams, including Mossy Creek, St. Mary’s River (wilderness area), South River, and numerous brook trout streams within Shenandoah National Park (we are just 3 minutes to the Park entrance). Check out the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited website for a listing and directions to some of our great area streams. In the mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley you will find many miles of wild trout water to keep you busy for some time!

I have been fly-fishing for native brookies for the last 3 months.  The Park (SNP) streams on the valley side have been receiving minimal pressure during the weekends and I have been fishing alone without another fly fishermen in sight during the week! Fish continue to be caught on every dry fly pattern tied on, i.e., Mr. Rapidan, Parachute Adams, etc. The Mini Hot Garcia has been my most productive fly this season, in both red and green.

I was on Laurel Fork last week with fellow TU member, Jim Josephson. We caught large numbers of big brookies there!

South River Fly Shop (dated 05/31/12) –

Fishing is great in the Valley right now. Tricos are on the South, Yellow Sallies in the mountains, and plenty of terrestrials thanks to a mild winter and wet spring. Now is the time to go fish! Stop in or call us for the latest reports and special deals on gear that you won’t find anywhere else.

 

Great Brook Trout Fishing in Shenandoah National Park 19 Mar 2012, 12:54 pm

Recent Conditions Updates 03/19/12:

Within a 30-minute drive of The Speckled Trout B&B, you have a number of great streams, including Mossy Creek, St. Mary’s River (wilderness area), South River, and numerous brook trout streams within Shenandoah National Park (we are just a little over 3 miles to the Park entrance). Check out the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited website for a listing and directions to some of our great area streams. In the mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley you will find many miles of wild trout water to keep you busy for some time!

I was just in the Park a couple of days ago fly-fishing for native brookies with my 2 weight. A great day with lots of activity and no other fly fishermen in sight! Fish caught on every dry fly pattern tied on, i.e., Mr. Rapidan, Parachute Adams, etc.

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Shop –

James and Shenandoah River

We are stacked up with trout trips again this week and won’t be back out chasing musky until the weekend. The nice weather brought out the first signs of anglers on the river this weekend. We pretty much had the entire South Fork to ourselves this winter as we didn’t see any other guides or anglers as usual. We did see a few local anglers out Saturday enjoying the nice weather looking to catch a few bass. We have caught a few healthy smallmouth bass but they are still stacked up in their winter holes. We expect they will move towards their spawning grounds in about 2-3 weeks! Check out the details of our OPEN HOUSE BY CLICKING HERE!

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

Our early spring fly order is in. We have over 70 parachute style dries and over 140 traditional Catskill style dries as well. Many patterns such as Adams parachutes are now also being offered with a high visibility post. With over 900 trout patterns and over 20,000 flies in stock, you will find exactly what you need with 1 stop. Enjoy this warm spell up in the mountains and get your brook trout fix in soon. Everyone knows how quickly water levels will retreat if we do not continue to get rain. Read this wonderful article on Tenkara Fishing in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine by CLICKING HERE! \

Spring Creeks

Light pressure, perfect water flow, excellent temperatures, and hungry fish…..this is what winter fishing is all about. This has been our busiest winter and for good reason- the weather couldn’t be much better. The streamer fishing on Mossy and the nymph fishing on Beaver Creek couldn’t get much better. Anglers are enjoying their mild winter days fishing Susie Q Farm with streamers, nymphs, and midges. We hope to have some photos and videos up after the weekend of the great fishing. If we continue to have such great water conditions, the springtime fishing will be epic! We look forward to seeing everyone on the water this week!

Managed Trout Water

Golden Retrievers, Kreelex, CK Nymphs, Thin Mints, Psycho Prince, Kauffman’s, and Crystal Buggers fished under a Float Master indicator are hard to beat right now. Yes, you may find a few rising fish that will take a small BWO dry, emerger, or wet, but we are doing much better with the flies listed above. Keep an eye out for stocking updates. Remember, VDGIF only posts the 1st stocking of any DH or Special Regulation streams.

 

South River Fly Shop (dated 3/9/12) –

Fishing Reports and Conditions

Posted on March 9, 2012 by Kevin Little

South River Delayed Harvest Section- Plenty of big trout being caught on the DH section. For the big ones, think meat. Big streamers are best for large fish. Nymphing will put more trout to hand though. Caddis and craneflies are starting to hatch and water temps are in the mid-40′s, but getting warmer each nice day we have. This section will really fire up in the next week. Best patterns: Mudd Bugger, Golden Retrievers, Sculpins, Nymph Head Prince and Copper Johns, and soft hackles.

South River Special Regs Area- BWO’s are still hatching, along with midges and some early caddis. Like the DH section, big streamers are your best bet for large fish. Water temps are in the high 40′s and the levels are perfect. Best patterns: BWO dun and caomparadun, BWO Foamback Emerger, BH Micro Mayfly in olive, Olive soft hackle, black EHC #18.

Mountain streams- SNP and Nat’l Forest- Water levels are perfect. Water temps will vary depending on the exposure of the streams, but they are warming up nicely. Early Black Stoneflies and Early Caddis are hatching and these streams should be on fire in a week or two. Best patterns: BH stonefly nymph, standard stonefly nymph, early black stonefly dry, elk hair caddis brown 14 and 16.

 

 7 Feb 2012, 6:39 pm

Recent Conditions Updates 02/07/12:

Within a 30-minute drive of The Speckled Trout B&B, you have a number of great streams, including Mossy Creek, St. Mary’s River (wilderness area), South River, and numerous brook trout streams within Shenandoah National Park (we are just a little over 3 miles to the Park entrance). Check out the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited website for a listing and directions to some of our great area streams. In the mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley you will find over 2,350 miles of wild trout water to keep you busy for some time!

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Shop –

James and Shenandoah River

We will continue to book musky trips into March and April. Fishing this winter has been fairly good as the weather has cooperated. We are hoping to get out more in the next few weeks if the water temps allow. We are continuing to scout new water on the marginal days in search of a few new large friends to feed flies to. We will continue to report as we hit the water.

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

We had a few good reports during the warm spell last week. Be careful if you head up into the mountains over the next few days. We are expecting colder weather and some snow. Road conditions may be poor at higher elevations. We will be giving the brook trout fishing a rest for about a week until things warm back up.

Spring Creeks

The spring creeks were awesome this week. Our anglers from Baltimore came back for a second round and had just as good a day as before leaving with a 6lb grin on their faces. Black articulated Peanut Envy flies and Crystal Buggers were the flies of choice. We will be out every day this week enjoying the wonderful weather. See you out there!

Managed Trout Water

Golden Retrievers, Kreelex, CK Nymphs, Thin Mints, Psycho Prince, Kauffman’s, and Crystal Buggers fished under a Float Master indicator are hard to beat right now. Yes, you may find a few rising fish that will take a small BWO dry, emerger, or wet, but we are doing much better with the flies listed above. Keep an eye out for stocking updates. Remember, VDGIF only posts the 1st stocking of any DH or Special Regulation streams.

South River Fly Shop (dated 1/14/12) –

South River DH: The river is up through town due to recent rains, but that hasn’t stopped the fishing. The second stocking occurred this week and the fishing has been great! Rainbows over 15″ are an everyday catch at the moment, with nymphing or fishing big streamers being the most effective methods. Recommended flies include rubber legged Hare’s Ears and Pheasant Tails, CopperLoos, Princes, and Caddis Poopahs. Effective streamers are Zonkers, Sculpins, and our Labrador series.

South River SRA: This section continues to fish great. The upper 3/4 is above the Back Creek confluence and is less affected by recent rains than the lower portion and the DH section in town. BWO’s rule right now, with #18 and #20 being the go-to sizes. Midges are good in the mornings, #22 is your best bet right now. Recommended flies include the Firebug, BWO Splitback nymphs, olive BH Micro Mayflies, Foam CDC Emergers, and the Heavy Metal series of nymphs, tied with Nymph Head beads.

Mossy Creek: We’ve caught some big fish on Mossy in the past couple of weeks. Large streamers rule in the winter and give you a better chance at large trout. Recommended flies include Crystal Buggers, Golden Retrievers, Persuaders, Kreelex, Firebugs, The Super Bugger and Forage Fly with Fish Skulls, and Heavy Metal PT Flasbacks.

Mountain Streams: The key to the mountain brookies right now is finding 2-4 warm days strung together. Water levels the past year have been good and a lot of these mountain brookies have benefited from these conditions. Go to flies include the Heavy Metal nymphs, small stonefly patterns, Micro Buggers, Firebugs, and Caddis Poopah.

 

 

Conditions improving! 19 Dec 2011, 8:31 am

Within a 30-minute drive of The Speckled Trout B&B, you have a number of great streams, including the South River, Mossy Creek, St. Mary’s River (wilderness area), and numerous brook trout streams within Shenandoah National Park. Check out the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited website for a listing and directions to some of our great area streams. In the mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley you will find over 2,350 miles of wild trout water to keep you busy for some time!

Recent Conditions Updates:

Fishing is improving, as reported below, but dress warm and have a wonderful Christmas!!

JIM & KAY

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing – 12/17/11

James and Shenandoah River

We will post updates starting Monday when we will begin our 2-week musky hunt before the New Year!

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

A few streams are coming back online but we haven’t received but a few reports from the mountains. The cold weather the past few days have kept anglers close to home. We don’t anticipate great fishing until mid week when things warm back up a bit.

Spring Creeks

We will be back out guiding full force on Tuesday. The weather looks better and better each day until the end of the week. Hopefully the rain this coming weekend won’t amount to much. We have been pounded with a ton of rain recently. Current water levels should hold nicely for the at least a month or 2! We are hoping for more BWO and midge action this winter!

Managed Trout Water

North River, South River, Jackson, Back Creek, Bullpasture, Maury, Passage Creek are all in good shape! Dress warm this weekend as it will be cold!

South River Fly Shop – 12/13/11

The South River SRA water levels are back down and it’s fishing well. The higher water has moved fish around a bit and finished dispersing them from the September stocking. BWO’s in size 18 and ICSI or Suspender midges are the flies to have.

On the South River DH section, the water is still a tad high, but it’s fishable. Some nice trout have been caught in the area between the YMCA and the old dam site. Above the dam to Ridgeview Park is open to fishing, but you may not leave the water without landowner’s permission. If you have any questions or concerns about fishing this area, call the Verona office of the DGIF at (540) 248-9360. If confronted, ask the person for their name and address and don’t escalate the situation. If threatened, leave and call the game warden or police immediately. We have a good friend who has been harassed in this area twice and these were the instructions he was given by a DGIF authority.

Mossy Creek is doing OK, lots of small fish. Baetis in #20 and midges work well, along with a soft hackle wet swung through the heads of pools and likely-looking runs.

 

Fly Fishing Conditions Update: 12 Dec 2011, 1:29 pm

 

Within a 30-minute drive of The Speckled Trout B&B, you have a number of great streams and rivers, including the South River, Mossy Creek, St. Mary’s River (Wilderness area), and numerous brook trout streams within Shenandoah National Park. Check out the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited website for a listing and directions to some of our great area streams. In the mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley you will find over 2,350 miles of wild trout water to keep you busy for some time!

Recent Conditions Updates:

 

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Shop:

12/12/11 Five days of our guides getting fat and lazy….we will be back out on the water every day this week. The water levels and weather are looking promising into the weekend.

James and Shenandoah River

Water levels are dropping and the rivers are finally starting too look like they will clean up soon. We are hoping to be back out on the water around Thursday!

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

A few streams are coming back online but we haven’t received but a few reports from the mountains. The cold weather the past few days have kept anglers close to home. We don’t anticipate great fishing until mid week when things warm back up a bit.

Spring Creeks

We will be back out guiding full force on Tuesday. The weather looks better and better each day until the end of the week. Hopefully the rain this coming weekend won’t amount to much. We have been pounded with a ton of rain recently. Current water levels should hold nicely for the at least a month or 2! We are hoping for more BWO and midge action this winter!

Managed Trout Water

North River, South River, Jackson, Back Creek, Bullpasture, Maury, Passage Creek, should be clearing up nicely mid week and back to fishable levels. We will keep you posted as reports come in!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Fly Fishing Conditions Update 10 Dec 2011, 10:53 am

Within a 30-minute drive of The Speckled Trout B&B, you have a number of great streams, including the South River, Mossy Creek, St. Mary’s River, and numerous brook trout streams within Shenandoah National Park. Check out the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited website for a full listing and directions to some of our great area streams. In the mountains surrounding the Shenandoah Valley you will find over 2,350 miles of wild trout water to keep you busy for some time!

South River Fly Shop

12/5/11 We had a day without a booking, so a little fishing on Mossy seemed to be in order. Conditions were fine, with the water up a little over normal flows. Blue Winged Olives were the primary hatch, starting around 1pm. I had the best luck with CDC Emergers and CD Comparaduns in sizes 18 & 20. Soft-hackles, swung quartering downstream, produced the most fish.

With the onset of winter, the weeds along the banks are dying back, but this is a two-edged sword. A lot less to tangle your line on, but the fish have a better view of you. If you decide to go to Mossy Creek, be sure to plan ahead and either stop in at the Verona DGIF office or mail in to receive your annual permit.

11/29/11 South River SRA: BWO’s rule the fly box this time of year. Right now, 16 & 18 are the must have sizes in nymphs, emergers and dries. I fished Sunday for a few hours and brought in plenty of browns on a CDC Foam Back Emerger and a CDC Biot Comparadun, both in size 18. Midges are also active, grays and blacks in 20 and 22. Try a Suspender Midge or an ICSI for good action. The upper 3/4 of the SRA will be fishing well after the recent rains, but the lower 25% is high, below the confluence of Back Creek. Remember, you can get your South River Special Regs Area permit at South River Fly Shop and it’s free.

South River DH: Reports of good fish moving up through the Rife-Loth dam locale have answered the question of how the fish would respond to the dam’s removal. It’s always amazing to me to see how quickly a river’s flow will return to it’s proper course once a dam is removed. There have been comments on the number of fish stocked in this section in October and Paul Bugas of the VaDGIF reported that the poundage of fish was the same as previous years, but that the average size was larger. These are 12-15″ fish and you don’t get as many in a 100lb quantity. Fishing has been good downtown, but the rains have the level up to 318cfs as of this morning and it will probably continue to rise throughout the day. My recommendation is to focus on the SRA in Lyndhurst for the next few days.

Mountain Brook Trout Streams: Water levels are good and that means we should have a successful spawn again this year. We advise not fishing these streams until February, to give the Brookies the best chance to spawn. Like a lot of local fly fishers, I truly love mountain fishing, but a little self-restraint will go a long way towards a great fishing year next year.

 

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Shop:

12/7/11

James and Shenandoah River

We will post when we think river levels will be suitable for floating again. Right now levels are rising well past last weeks minor flooding. It may be 10 days before we can head back out on the bigger rivers.

Mountain Brook Trout Streams

Blown out. Cold nasty weather and a ton of rain…..it will be a week or so before things normalize. Here comes the cabin fever….Tie up some flies for next spring or stop by our fly tying Saturday mornings from 10-12.

Spring Creeks

For most folks we are just recommending staying home. Beaver, Smith, and Mossy are running high and discolored. Susie Q is way up and muddy. Mossy will be safe to fish with big streamers in a day or 2 if you don’t mind some really soggy cold damp weather.

Managed Trout Water

Stay home and tie flies…..the 10 day forecast is looking decent as long as we get some relief from all the rain. Hopefully we will be back on the water mid next week.

 

 

Greetings! 17 Nov 2011, 2:03 pm

Greetings from the Speckled Trout B&B!! After close to a four year effort, we are up and running and have hosted a number of wonderful guests over the last five weeks.

Waynesboro is a wonderful crossroads for adventure… whether you are into fly-fishing on local mountain streams, hiking the Appalachian Trail (or other local trails), driving the Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive, visiting local vineyards, antiquing, or visiting Civil War battlefields, you can find it here!

Kay and I have hosted many other adventurers at our B&B in Alaska and have much experience to help you develop an exciting or relaxing itinerary, depending on your mood. Our B&B is small… allowing us the freedom and time to meet your needs.

JIM

Do you love fly fishing? 21 Sep 2011, 8:27 am

Our first blog post will appear here soon… the first in an ongoing discussion of fly fishing in the Shenendoah Valley of Virginia.