Fly Fishing for Brook Trout in the Shenandoah National Park today found plenty of 39 degree water in the streams. There is still plenty of snow to melt off of the North facing slopes. Neither the cool temperatures or extra water deterred the Brook Trout from jumping on a Mr. Rapidan Parachute #14!
We still have a few spots open in our Mountain Trout Fly Fishing Schools if you are interested in learning to catch these guys in their native habitat!
At this time of the year many brook trout eggs are still in their beds so be very careful where you wade.
We are currently filling our Mountain Trout On-The-Stream Schools which take place in the Shenandoah National Park. These schools focus on the tactics and techniques for catching trout in high gradient streams. We are blessed with great numbers of Native Brook Trout throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains and these schools focus on the intricacies involved in catching these beautiful fish. Bring your lunch, license raincoat and waders/ hip boots and we will bring the rods/ reels and fishing guides. We start each day with a slide show then head to the stream for some real world classroom lessons.
The dates for these schools are: April 4-5, April 14-15, April 18-19, May 2-3
Register Online or give it a go the old fashioned way, 540-984-4212 and talk to one of us.
As attention around the fly shop shifts to our 2011 Catalog and new products, we cannot give up on the fishing. The local stocked trout streams have been or will be stocked shortly. The Smallmouth Bass have the idea that things will be slowing down very soon and their subtle strikes are proof that the energy levels of mid-Summer are only a memory. The Brook Trout are spawning and we encourage everyone to leave them alone from now until late winter when the eggs hatch and the fry leave the redds.
The warm weather has kicked the local fly fishing in to gear! The North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River are both in great shape and are fishing well (for April). Kelly landed this 15 1/2 inch Smallmouth Bass on an Olive Marauder #6 on 4/7/2010. A Sink Tip III Fly Line will work well for helping to swim your flies deeply through the ledges and deep pockets. An 8 Wt. Fly Rod will help you cast the heavy flies and lines a bit better than a 6 or 7 that we typically use in the summer.
Fly Fishing for Brook Trout in the Shenandoah National Park has been very good with mayflies and caddis coming off throughout the day. There is still a lot of water so if you are willing to hike into the upper reaches of your favorite stream, you will likely be rewarded with a few more willing fish.
Filmed throughout the 2009 fly fishing season from Virginia to Alaska and many parts in between. We were fortunate enough to find a few willing participants for this video.
There are still a few mayflies available to the Brook Trout in the mountain streams throughout our area. These Mayflies hatch predominately late in the evening, so plan your trip accordingly. Also expect to find a Little Yellow Stoneflies and Caddis coming off the water. 5x Tippet material will do the trick as long as you stay down low and DON’T spook the fish.