The native brook trout are starting to feed on the surface. The Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14 and the Blue Quill Dry size 16 are perfect for matching the hatches that are happening on the streams. I am also doing well with the Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 14 and Bead Head Prince Nymph size 14. If you want to cover both top water and bottom, then fish a dry with a dropper below it. I am using either a 7.5ft or 6ft 5X leader. The water temperature earlier this week was at 46 degrees.
You can either come into the streams from the top (off the Skyline Drive) or from the bottom to get good fishing. Bring your hipboots or chest waders and dress in layers to accommodate for the cooler air temperatures in the mountains.