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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.
Watch for trout feeding aggressively close to the stream banks.These may look like surface feeders but many are trout feeding on exposed march brown nymphs as they make their mini-migration to these shallows to hatch into duns. A very effective technique is to attach a Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14 to a Murray's Classic 7.5 foot 5X Leader. Then attach a March Brown Nymph size 14 to a twenty four inch dropper below this. You will catch many more trout with this combination than with either fly alone. There are still many trout feeding on adult blue duns so keep...
Many streams in the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains are having excellent hatches of Blue Quill and Quill Gordon mayflies. The Blue Quill Dry size 16 and Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14 will take many of these trout. Pause for a moment below each pool to look for feeders. Then go one on one with these trout. A very effective ploy is to fish a Blue Quill Dry size 16 on a Murray's Classic 7.5 5X Leader with a Blue Quill Nymph size 16 on a two foot 5X dropper below it.
These streams are full but fishable.