The headwater streams high in the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains are much cooler than the lower reaches of these streams. I'm getting good results with the Murray's Inchworm size 14 and Murray's Oakworm size 14 & 16 fished on a 6X.
Stream Conditions: This is a great time to park on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and National Forest roads on top of the mountains and hike down the trails to fish the upper sections of the streams. You can also get good fishing by accessing the streams from the bottom and hiking up .For more information on these streams and access, check out my book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park.
Skyline Drive is now open in all sections. This can change frequently if we have storms. To check the status of the Skyline Drive please call 540-999-3500, option 1, option 1 for the latest update before heading to these streams.
Recommended Gear: I am using a 6ft or 7 1/2ft 5X Leader on a 2 to 4 weight fly rod--preferably 8ft or shorter.