Originally Posted by ukfb1
Heading towards the area around Marion VA this weekend. Are the water levels going to be as low as I expect. I guess they are really low with all the quages I have looked at on the web?
My wife & I just came back from a one week vacation in the Shenandoah Valley visiting Civil War sites and also fishing about 3 days. The upper and lower sections of the Jackson River have low & slow water. I was talking to one of the local fly flingers and he told us that the water was low, and the trout are holding in the deeper pools, but he couldn't get them to take any flies that he tried. Driving back home on Sunday, the Jackson criss crosses over I-64, and the water looked low in all the spots that we checked.
We tried a number of recommended spots from Lexington north to Woodstock and west to the George Washington Forest.
The North Fork of the Shenandoah, and Big Stony Creek up near Harrisonburg and Edinburg were just ok, catching smallmouths. Visiting with Rhonda at Murray's Fly Shop, in Edinburg, mirrored what we had found. VA just hadn't had any rain in the last 3 or 4 weeks. Mossy Creek Outfitters, in Harrisonburg, had the same analysis.
Wish I could be more "upbeat" and tell you where to go, but with the dry conditions, its a hit or miss proposition.