The flat tail of the slow pools such as on the Bridge Pool on Back Creek often show many trout feeding on midges. Some are showing delicate dimple riseforms and some are showing splashy riseform. The delicate feeders are taking adult drys. The splashy feeders are taking the emerging midges underwater as they swim up to the surface.
A very effective tactics is to fish a Mr. Rapidan Midge Dry size 18 on a 9ft 7X Classic Leader with 36 inches of 7X coming off the bend of the dry fly hook. To this tie on a Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle size 16. This can be fished effectively upstream dead drift or up and across stream with a gentle twitching action to mimic the emerger heading for the surface of the stream.
Not only is this tactic effective in the East but it is great on some of the streams around Livingston MT.
Stream Conditions: The local streams such as Big Stoney Creek (Edinburg), Mill Creek (Mount Jackson), and Passage Creek (Fort Valley) are low and clear. Wade carefully so you do not spook the fish. Please keep in mind that these streams are not stocked during the summer months.
Stop by the fly shop in Edinburg, VA and check out our master map with access to fish the local streams.