With the many hatches that we have occurring on the native brook trout streams, the brook trout are having a smorgasbord of natural flies to feed upon. It is not unusual to see several trout feeding on the natural drys in each pool. I was in the Shenandoah National Park earlier this week and did very well on drys.
Here is a list of flies that have been productive in our personal fishing and our on the stream schools.
Mr. Rapidan Dry #14 & #16
Blue Quill Dry #16
H&L Variant #14
BH Prince Nymph #14
BH Mr. Rapidan Nymph #14
We are using our Mountain Leader 6ft 5X.
All of the Shenandoah National Park streams are in good shape by coming in from the Skyline Drive or the bottom boundary access. If you need help on finding access see my book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park or download by digital video where I discuss 17 of my favorite Park streams.
All of the gates into the National Forest roads were opened last week so you can start exploring some of the native brook trout streams in the George Washington National Forest again. Again use the same flies and leader listed above on a rod that is 6.5ft to 7.5ft in a 2, 3, or 4 weight. We have plenty of fly rod combos in different price ranges if you are looking for a new set up.