Fishing the mountain trout streams at this time of the year is tricky because the water temperatures are cooler in the headwaters but the steam levels are low. Some areas are receiving more rain than others, depending on which way the thunderstorms go through. Be sure to hide your approach, watch your shadow, and sneak, sneak, sneak.
One of my favorite tactics on mountain trout streams at this time of year is spotting them on their feeding stations then going one on one with them. The trout's subtle movements, his shadow and his color contrast from the bottom are features which help us spot him. Then drift a size 18 Mr. Rapidan Ant over him and you have him.
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