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My Five Favorite Flies for Falling Water in the Mountain Trout Streams

My Five Favorite Flies for Falling Water in the Mountain Trout Streams

The mountain trout streams are dropping but the levels are still full so I use some dry flies and some nymphs. I still prefer coming into the heads of the streams from the trailheads I discussed in my books, Virginia Blue-Ribbon Streams and Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park.
My favorite dry flies are the Murray’s Brown Drake size 14, Mr. Rapidan Black Delta Wing Caddis size 14 and Mr. Rapidan Parachute size 14.
An effective technique which is ideal in this water level is to attach one of these dry flies to a Murray’s Classic 7.5 foot 5X Leader. Then attach a Mr. Rapidan Bead Head Nymph size 14 or a Murray’s Dark Miracle Stonefly Nymph size 14 to a twenty four inch 5X dropper below the dry fly.

Five Best Early Season Mountain Trout Flies

Five Best Early Season Mountain Trout Flies
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.

A fish a day


After work the weather seemed too good to pass up the opportunity to hit a local trout stream. This stream has brookies and wild rainbows. I saw some surface action and took a nice rainbow or two on a Mr. Rapidan Parachute and Tan Delta Wing Caddis. The stream levels are great right now and unless we receive a lot of rain tonight, the conditions are perfect.