An unusually cold day I spotted about a dozen trout rising in a slow lazy Susan back eddy to feed. I drifted a Blue Quill Dry Fly size 16 over them many times but I received no strikes. I was puzzled so I went to my hands and knees and crawled up close enough to watch them feed. The cold water and air were preventing the emergence of the duns. They were locked in their nymph shucks and the trout gently sucked them in. I crawled back downstream and put on a Blue Quill Nymph size 16 and dressed it and the leader with dry fly floatant and cast it into the pod of feeding trout. I caught 8 of these trout and many more on the floating nymphs as I fished upstream.
Tomorrow, April 17 I will be posting a video on Facebook on how to "Read a Mountain Trout Stream". This is valuable information so I encourage you to check it out.
The Shenandoah National Park is still closed until further notice. There are other brook trout streams throughout the state of Virginia. I have included several in my book Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams. Take the time to explore some different areas.