Happy New Year! As usual I am going to separate this report into two sections for the different types of trout streams.
Stocked Trout Streams - The VA DWR is still stocking streams throughout the state. Bullpasture was just recently stocked. This is a nice stream and is one that was included in my book Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams. To see which streams were recently stocked, visit the VA DWR website. All of our local stocked trout streams such as Big Stoney Creek in Edinburg, Passage Creek in Fort Valley and Hawksbill Creek in Luray VA are clear and fishable. The water levels are holding up from the recent rain. In my January newsletter, I talked about the Murray's Tungsten Bead Marauder size 10 with the Perdigon Nymph size 12. These two flies have a heavier bead to get your fly down and work well in fast moving water. If you find that you don't need this much weight on your fly, try switching to our regular Murray's Marauder in a size 10 that have a regular bead head but don't sink as fast.
Mountain Trout Streams - With this beautiful weather that we are having for January, who wouldn't want to get out and try to catch a native brookie. Just be careful about not stepping on the dusted over spawning beds and be respectful of closures. The Shenandoah National Park is still conducting clean ups from the last ice storm so many portions of the Park are closed. Here is the latest message on closure :