The mountain trout fishing has been tough this summer. With the recent rains some of the streams are better than others but the conditions are still tough. I have had a few customers picking up a few native brook trout on terrestrials such as Murray's Flying Beetle size 16, Mr. Rapidan Ant size 18, Housefly size 16. Use a Classic 7.5ft 6X leader. The main thing to remember is to hide your approach and fish the higher gradient areas.
Plan to come into the streams from the lower boundaries of the Shenandoah National Park as you will get better water levels. If you need help on access, stop by the fly shop or see my book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park. In the back of my book all of the streams are listed in alphabetical order along with directions on stream access.
I still have a few St. Croix Mojo Trout Fly Rods on sale for $150 that would be perfect for the small native brook trout streams. Model 602.2 (6ft 2wt 2pc) and 663.2 (6'6" 3wt 2pc) come with 5 year warranty and cloth rod sack.
Each Spring we conduct "On The Stream" Fly Fishing Schools on the native brook trout streams when the hatches and water levels are ideal. If you are interested in learning more, see the links below.
I am often asked why we do not conduct schools and guide trips in the Park in the Fall. The native brook trout spawn in the Fall so we do not like to disturb them during this time. Plus, the water levels are better in the Spring.