These streams are warm enough now that many trout are holding on feeding stations on the lips of the pools to feed on the duns. A Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14 and a Blue Quill Dry size 16 are both very effective. The currents are now strong and a slack line cast is helping me catch the largest trout.
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 will get better fishing and water levels by hiking in from the upper reaches. The northern and central section from milepost 0 to 65.5 is open. 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 7 1/2ft 5X Classic Leader on a 2 to 4 weight fly rod--preferably 8ft or shorter.