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The blue quill mayflies are hatching in large numbers on many streams in the National Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park. These are well matched with a Blue Quill Dry size 16. However on cold days the duns have trouble popping their wings to fly off the stream and a Blue Quill Nymph size 16 will catch more trout. The Eperous pleuralis are hatching well so you can catch many trout on a Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14.
There is excellent fishing on Big Stoney Creek West of Edinburg and on Passage Creek East of Edinburg. At dusk look for trout feeding on natural caddis flies on the surface below the riffles. The Mr. Rapidan Tan Delta Wing Caddis size 14 will catch many of these trout. If you do not see rising trout, fish the Murray's Caddis Larva size 14 or Murray's Tan Magic Caddis Pupa size 14 across stream below the riffles with a slow twitching action.
There are presently heavy hatches of Epeorus pleuralis mayflies from noon until dusk in the upper sections of the mountain trout streams. The Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14 and Spirit of Pittsford Mills size 14 are great at this time. If you hit these streams in the morning, the Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 14 and Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph size 14 are great fished upstream below the riffles.
There is some excellent action on many of these streams with the trout feeding on natural caddis. The Mr. Rapidan Tan Delta Wing Caddis size 14 is excellent on the surface. The Murray's Caddis Larva size 14 and Murray's Tan Magic Caddis Pup size 14 are productive underwater. The lower section of North Creek and Back Creek are both fishing well.Passage Creek and Mill Creek were both stocked on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
This is perfect time of the year to hike into the heads of the streams from the access points on top of the mountains to camp and fish for several days. Many campsites will enable you to fish three different feeder streams in three days. A productive technique is to fish a Spirit of Pittsford Mills size 14 or a Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14 on a Murray's Classic 7.5 foot 5X Leader. Then attach a twenty four inch 5X dropper to the dry and attach a Mr. Rapidan Emerger size 14 or a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph...