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Update December 15--Most of the local large stocked trout streams are currently muddy and high from the rains received overnight. With the expected rainfall this weekend being 2 inches, I expect these streams will not be fishable until the middle of next week. We will post an update as the conditions change. Original Post December 13--In the delayed harvest streams and the large stocked streams, there are some large rainbows feeding on the natural midges. The Bridge Pool on Back Creek (see page 65 of my Virginia Blue Ribbon Stream book) and the flat above the bridge on Passage Creek...
Many of the Delayed Harvest and large stocked trout streams hold many large rainbows that feed heavily on sculpin minnows. Big Stoney Creek west of Edinburg and the delayed harvest section of Passage Creek are providing good action now. By using a Shenk's Sculpin size 8 and Murray's Black Madtom Sculpin size 8, one can catch rainbows that feed heavily on sculpin minnows.
Many large rainbows have been stocked in the delayed harvest streams and by fishing large sculpin streamers you can catch many of the trout. Both Back Creek, the Hidden Valley of the Jackson, and Passage Creek are providing good action now. The water color is good in most of the stocked trout streams but they are running at full levels so fish deeply. Actually a sink tip III line is very helpful. Using flies such as Shenk's Sculpin size 8 and Murray's Madtom/Sculpin, Black size 8 below the riffles matches the natural sculpin minnows the trout feed upon.
Localized rains have raised some of these streams slightly and dislodged many nymphs. The trout are feeding heavily upon them just below the riffles and down into the upper sections of the pools. Both the Bullpasture and Big Stoney have many miles of this water. Effective flies are the Murray's Dark Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray's Caddis Larva size 14 and Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 12. Fishing these across stream with a slow twitching action is very effective.
The recently stocked trout move about these streams and your best chance of catching them is to cover a fair amount of water. The Hidden Valley of the Jackson, the Bullpasture and Big Stoney Creek were all just recently stocked and are doing well. The Murray's Black Marauder size 10 and the Murray's Pearl Marauder size 10 have been very productive this week.