Update: Big Stoney Creek in Edinburg was stocked today 10/25/23.
Stocked Trout Streams - The VA DWR continues to stock streams throughout Virginia with mostly rainbows but some browns as well. Locally, Passage Creek in Fort Valley and Hawksbill in Luray have been stocked in the last few weeks. To see the stocking schedule, visit their website.
When I'm fishing a trout stream which is less than 30 feet wide, where I can see many cress beds along the banks or in the stream, I wade upstream very cautiously. I fish a Cress Bug size 14 or 16 upstream dead drift using our Trout Nymph Leader which has an indicator built in. This will help detect the strikes. I start 40 feet downstream from the cress beds and fish carefully all the way up to the cress beds. Other flies that are working this week include the Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Nymph Brown size 12, Hares Ear Nymph size 12, and Murray's Olive Strymph size 10.
Mountain Trout Streams - I have had many customers calling and wanting information on fishing the native brook trout streams. This year was a rough year for the native brook trout streams. With little rainfall, the streams are very low and not worth fishing. The Shenandoah National Park remains closed to fishing until further notice because of these conditions. The best time to fish the native brook trout streams is April to mid June. The water levels and hatches are ideal at this time. We have already formed Spring 2024 On The Stream Mountain Trout Schools. We conduct these in two different places--Shenandoah National Park & George Washington National Forest. Click on the links for more information at dates.
Other Up Coming Events at Murray's Fly Shop
- Fly Tying 101 Class on November 4, 2023 at 10a.m.
- Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park 101 Class on November 18 at 10a.m.--I will be holding a discussion on the streams in the Park along with hatches and flies. This is a classroom setting to help you prepare for the fishing in the Park next spring.