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.
A great ploy when the trout are feeding on natural moths in the fall is to fish a Murray's Moth size 16 on a Classic 7 1/2ft 5X leader and then attach a 24 inch piece of 6X mono to this with a size 16 Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph. Fish this upstream with a slow twitching action.
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...
Recommended Gear: I am using a 6ft or 7 1/2ft 6X Leader on a 2 to 4 weight fly rod--preferably 8ft or shorter.