The native brook trout have started spawning so we usually do not fish these streams in October, November, and December. If you go, look for redds in the small gravel in protected areas of the pool such as eddy lines and near the tails of the pools.
The Mr. Rapidan Ant size 16 is very effective in the large slow pools when you see the trout rising to take the natural ants. Go one on one with these trout when you see them rising or just cover the water if you don't see feeding trout. The water temperature has been around 44 degrees.
Stream Conditions: Some of these streams are still low so you will get you best fishing on the Hughes, White Oak, and Rose River by coming in the from the bottom and hiking up about 45 minutes and then fishing back down. For access to the streams check out my book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park for stream reference, hatch charts, and all around good information for the park fishing.
I will be conducting a 2-hour workshop on the Shenandoah National Park Streams in my fly shop in Edinburg VA from 10a.m. to noon on Saturday December 7. For more information and to register...