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Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams--Due to the heavy rains (some areas received 3 inches) these streams are too high and muddy for fishing. I expect them to be back to normal levels within 3 days.
Delayed Harvest and Stocked Trout Streams: Recent rains have raised some of these streams slightly and flushed many of the sulphur mayfly nymphs from beneath the streambottom stones. Exposed in this way the trout feed heavily upon them. An effective tactic is to fish a two nymph rig across stream on a sinking tip fly line so they swim right along the streambottom. Effective patterns are the Murray's Sulphur Nymph size 14 and size 16 and Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle Nymph size 16. Good streams are the Jackson, Big Stoney Creek West of Edinburg and Big Tumbling Creek.
Mountain Trout Streams: The upper reaches of the mountain trout streams along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are providing great surface action to the trout feeding on the natural light cahill and gray fox mayflies. Effective fly patterns are the Murray's Professor Dry size 16, Murray's Yellow Drake size 16 and Light Cahill Dry size 16. These three flies are all fished in 6X.
Murray's Sulphur Nymph, Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle Nymph and Murray's Sulphur Nymph Delayed Harvest and Large Stocked Trout Streams: The sulphur nymphs are very active in some of our large streams, especially Big Stoney Creek and the Smith River. When these streams have a normal water level, a good tactic is to enter the stream right below the riffle and cast a two or three nymph rig across stream. Allow them to sink, as the current pushes them downstream. Use a slow Leisenring Lifting rod motion to swim the nymphs up toward the surface. This is at its best...
Murray's Yellow Drake Dry, Light Cahill Dry and Murray's Professor Dry Mountain Trout Streams: The gray fox and light cahill mayflies are hatching well and I catch many trout by fishing the Murray's Professor Dry size 16, Murray's Yellow Drake size 16 and Light Cahill Dry size 16 on 6X Leaders. From mid afternoon until dusk we can usually catch several fish in each pool especially in the upper sections of the streams which are reached from the Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway and National Forest Roads.