Mountain Trout Fly Special
We are very fortunate to have a great trout fishing opportunity that we seldom have at this time of the year. The recent rains have raised the stream levels in the mountain trout streams and the Shenandoah National Park has opened their trout streams to fishing again.
The stream temperatures are good and I'm getting good fishing in both the Shenandoah National Park and the National Forest Streams.
My best dry flies are the Murray's Flying Beetle, Mr. Rapidan Ant, and Mr. Rapidan Dry all in sizes 14 & 16. Since the pool levels vary greatly as you fish up the mountain a good tactic is to fish one of the above dry flies on a Classic 7.5ft 5X leader with a Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle (Brown) Nymph size 14 or 16 on an 18-inch 5X dropper coming off the bend of the dry with an improved clinch knot. Some of the large pools are still very deep. You can catch many trout in these pools by fishing a Casual Dress Nymph size 12 upstream dead drift on a Murray's Trout Nymph Leader 9ft 5X which has two built-in indicators.
For more information on the streams in the Shenandoah National Park, see my book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park.
- Murray's Flying Beetle size 14
- Murray's Flying Beetle size 16
- Mr. Rapidan Dry size 14
- Mr. Rapidan Dry size 16
- Mr. Rapidan Ant size 14
- Mr. Rapidan Ant size 16
- Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Nymph, Brown size 14
- Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Nymph, Brown size 16
- Casual Dress Nymph size 12