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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.
The Bull Pasture and the Hidden Valley of the Jackson are producing good fishing to anglers who are using streamers that match the minnows the trout are feeding upon. Three of my favorites are the Shenandoah Silver Ghost Simple Streamer size 10, Shenandoah Midnight Simple Streamer size 10 and Mr. Rapidan Streamer size 10. Fish these flies across streams with a slow line hand stripping action.
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.