The local stocked trout streams are low and clear. The VA DWR continues to stock streams throughout the state, so check their website for the schedule. So far it looks like they are concentrating on the lakes and larger streams and stocking with rainbows and browns. Here is a little trick that I like to use when the water is low and the trout are wary. Start with a Mr. Rapidan Ant size 18 on a 7X leader. If they pass that up then attach a Mr. Rapidan Midge size 22 to 36-inches of 7X mono and fish this as a trailer behind the ant. For nymphs and streamers I would recommend the Copper John Zebra size 14, Prince Nymph size 14 and Betsy Streamer size 12 or Black Marauder size 12. For More information on trout streams in VA see my book Virginia Blue Ribbon Streams.
The streams in the Shenandoah National Park are still closed to fishing. This closure is being implemented to ensure the long-term health of the fish populations in the park. We will notify you of updates as we receive them. In the meantime, I hear the leaves are starting to change colors on the Skyline Drive and the views are beautiful. Take a ride and possibly a hike to start planning for the brook trout fishing next spring.
Up Coming Happenings:
- On November 4 at 10a.m. at the fly shop in Edinburg, I will be holding a Fly Tying 101 Workshop. We do not supply the materials for this workshop. For more information and to register >>
- On November 18 at 10a.m. at the fly shop in Edinburg, I will be holding a classroom discussion/slide show on Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park. My goal is to help you find the best streams, tactics, and flies so that you may enjoy the Park in the Spring. Register online>>
- Spring 2024 On The Stream Mountain Trout Schools with a classroom portion and on the stream instruction for a full day of learning. Some are conducted in the Shenandoah National Park and some are conducted in the George Washington National Forest. Click on the links for more information and to register.