The dry fly fishing is excellent from dawn until dark. The Little Yellow Stoneflies start hatching early in the morning and you can take the trout feeding on these with a Murray's Little Yellow Stonefly Dry size 16. About noon the sulphur duns emerge and continue until dark. The last hour of daylight the sulphur spinners return to mate and deposit their eggs. These are well matched with Murray's Sulphur Dry size 16. This is exciting dry fly fishing and as long as you approach each pool cautiously you can take trout in each pool.
Stream Conditions: This is a great time to park on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and National Forest roads on top of the mountains and hike down the trails to fish the upper sections of the streams. You will get your best water level by coming in from the top/headwater areas of the streams.For more information on these streams and access, check out my book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park.
Skyline Drive is now open in all sections. This can change frequently if we have storms. To check the status of the Skyline Drive please call 540-999-3500, option 1, option 1 for the latest update before heading to these streams.
Recommended Gear: I am using a 6ft or 7 1/2ft 5X Leader on a 2 to 4 weight fly rod--preferably 8ft or shorter.