The mountain trout streams are very low and the fishing is tough. I am still seeing great hatches of little yellow stoneflies around my house that overlooks Stoney Creek in Edinburg as well as in the mountains. The trout still want to feed but they are just so wary from the low water conditions that every little movement prompts them to hide. Try using a Murray's Little Yellow Stonefly Dry size 16, Murray's Flying Beetle size 16 or a Parachute Ant, Orange size 16 on a slack line cast. This should prompt the trout to feed on the surface. I cannot stress enough about hiding your approach by possibly even getting on your hands and knees.
Most of the streams in the Shenandoah National Park are going to be so low that I wouldn't even bother to fish but there are a few that hold more water--such as Hughes, White Oak and Rose. Now everyone reading this is going to flock to those streams so I am going to stress another point--be sure to not get behind someone fishing. What they didn't catch, they have already spooked.
To be honest, until we receive some significant rains, I am inclined to recommend letting the trout streams rest and head to a smallmouth stream.
NEW DATES FOR SPRING 2024 FLY FISHING SCHOOLS POSTED
We have finalized the dates for the Spring 2024 Mountain Trout Fly Fishing Schools. If you missed out in 2023, then here is your chance to get first choice.