Mountain Trout Streams--One of the great rewards in my fishing for wild trout is spotting the trout on his feeding station and then fishing one on one for him. I'm not referring to the trout you just saw rise to take a natural but one that would be willing to rise if a natural drifted by. For example, Ed Shenk (pictured) spotted this trout in the stream by first seeing the trout's shadow on the stream bottom.
Drift a Shenk's Cricket size 14, Murray's Flying Beetle size 16 or Parachute Black Ant size 16 naturally by the trout on a 6X leader and be ready.
The trout streams are low and tough but I have had several customers in the last week land a few despite the conditions. In the Shenandoah National Park, come into the streams from the lower boundaries as the water levels will be better. The trout are wary so use a stealthy approach.
Stocked Trout Streams--I have had several customers calling over the last week asking about Big Stoney Creek and Passage Creek. These streams are stocked trout streams but they are not stocked in the summer. They have not been stocked since May and to be honest they are very low. I would recommend foregoing these streams and heading to the Shenandoah River for some smallmouth bass fishing.