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The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is starting to stock some of the trout streams in the state. Passage Creek (Fort Valley) in the designated trout waters and the delayed harvest area were just stocked on October 4. There are many large trout in these streams and on the delayed harvest areas. The olive mayflies are hatching on streams such as Back Creek and Passage Creek. Use the Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 18 to fish one-on-one with these rising trout and to cover the water. Be sure to fish the Bridge Pool (see page 65 in my...
Update August 9--These streams are carrying full water levels. However, if you come in from the access roads at the trail heads in the National Forest on top of the mountains or from the Skyline Drive you can get good fishing. Fish a Murray's Flying Beetle size 14 or 16 along the stream banks and below tree limbs on 6X leaders. Watch for rising trout but if you don't see many just cover the pools using slack line casts.
Update - August 2nd, 2018: The local stocked trout streams such as Big Stoney Creek, Mill Creek, and Passage Creek are all high and muddy from recent heavy rains. Original Post - July 30th, 2018:The cool water of the springs are attracting the trout in streams such as Big Stoney and lower Big Wilson and they feed well on the shrimp and cress bugs here. Effective flies are Shenk's Cress Bug size 14 & 16 and Murray's Shrimp size 14 & 16 fished from right below the springs on downstream for the next 100 feet.
The upper reaches of the mountain trout streams are fishing well thanks to the recent rains. Park on the National Forest roads and Skyline Drive and hike in from the trail heads to get good fishing. The Murray's Mr. Rapidan Delta Wing Caddis, Tan size 16 and the Elk Hair Caddis, Brown size 16 are both giving us good action fished on 6X.
There are a broad variety of mayflies hatching on Back Creek and the Bullpasture and you can catch many of the trout by giving them a good cross section of colors in dry flies. This is part of what I designed the Murray's Drake series of drys for. The Murray's Brown Drake size 14 and 16, Murray's Olive Drake size 14 and 16 and Murray's Yellow Drake size 14 and 16 will help you catch many stocked trout now.