The hatches are sparse on some mountain trout streams. However, to take advantage of the available natural foods all of the large trout choose a "primary feeding station" and hold there to feed all day...most amount of food with least amount of effort. By learning to spot these trout on their feeding stations you are mastering one of my favorite forms of angling and you will get exciting fishing. The Mr. Rapidan Ant size 16 and Murray's Flying Beetle size 16 are very effective here fished on a 6X leader.
Stream Conditions: The localized rain storms have get these mountain streams from getting low providing excellent fishing. I have been able to get some great fishing by coming in off the Skyline Drive and accessing the streams in the lower reaches. For more information on the Shenandoah National Park Streams, refer to my book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park or stop by the fly shop and take a look at our marked maps for the 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 6X Leader on a 2 to 4 weight fly rod--preferably 8ft or shorter.