Mountain Trout Streams Fly Fishing Report - March 26, 2020

Posted by Harry Murray on

There are so many Epeorus mayfly duns and spinners on the streams that if you are using my "pop strike" or just release your trout gently so they don't spook the other trout, you can often catch several nice trout in each pool.  Check the lip carefully for riseforms because at normal water levels the largest trout in the pool will be on the lip feeding station. Fish a Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry or Mr. Rapidan Spinner in size 14 on these streams.

Important Notice:  The Shenandoah National Park has waived the entry fee to the Park during the COVID-19. Therefore many people are taking advantage of exploring the outdoors.  Please be respectful and choose trails and streams that are more remote and less well known.  The Park has had to close some trails as they had too many people in these areas.  See Notice Below from the Park.

The Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon-Cedar Run circuit hikes are closed in response to an increased risk to visitors and staff due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These are two of the most popular hikes in the park and they have recently become overwhelmed with visitors. Visitors have been unable to practice the social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC because of the multiple congestion points along the trails at rock scrambles, waterfall viewpoints and the summit of Old Rag. The park also cannot assure that visitors are able to meet the CDC’s hand sanitation guidance in these remote locations.
• The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has closed Nethers Road (Route 600) and Weakley Hollow Road (Route 600) leading to the trailheads for these hikes at the park boundary. These road closures will remain in effect indefinitely.
• Please refer to the maps to see the details of which trails, parking areas and roads are closed. Signs are posted at all trailheads and trail intersections to inform visitors of the closures.

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