My Five Favorite Flies for High Water on Mountain Trout Streams
To find good trout fishing in the mountain streams after a week of rain, I go into the heads of the streams from the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. I hike down a mile, then fish my way back up the mountain. Nymphs are very effective now. I use the
Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 12, Murray’s Professor Nymph size 14, Murray’s Dark Miracle Stonefly Nymph size 12, Murray’s Magic Tan Caddis Pupa size 12 and Mr. Rapidan Brown Soft Hackle Nymph size 12. I fish these all flies on Murray’s Trout Nymph 9 foot Leader. I rely strongly on these built in indicators to detect my strikes.
Mr. Rapidan Parachute, Murray’s Sulphur Dry, Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry, Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph and Spirit of Pittsford Mills.
Here are last years five best early season mountain trout flies from March until June. I plan to strongly rely on these five flies this year also.
Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry size 14 and size 16
– Spirit of Pittsford Mills Dry size 14 and size 16
– Murray’s Sulphur Dry size 16
– Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 14
– Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly Dry size 16
During March and April I fish these flies on a
Murray’s Classic 9 foot 5X Leader. During May and June I use Murray’s Classic 9 foot 6X Leader. These flies listed above match our early season aquatic hatches so I use them to fish one-on-one to the rising trout. If the hatches are spare I use the same flies to cover the water by carefully fishing the feeding stations.
Speckled Indian Hen Saddle
Speckled Indian Hen Saddles are great for hackleing nymphs and soft hackles. They are dyed in many different colors, are inexpensive and you can tie hundreds of great flies with each saddle.
I like to keep this hackle sparse on my Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle Nymph flies, Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymphs flies and all of my Murray’s Magic Caddis Pupa flies because I believe this conveys a realistic fly-action to the trout.
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