Tag Archives: Mr. Rapidan

Which Dry Fly to Use??

Mr Rapidan Parachute Dry Fly Fishing

Which dry fly to use?  It’s a question often asked by many even experienced anglers.  Many mountain trout streams have good hatches of stenonema vicarium mayflies at this time and the trout feed heavily on both the duns and the spinners. Fish a Mr. Rapidan Parachute Dry 14 both to the rising trout and as a searching pattern and you’ll get great action.

Brook Trout Fly Fishing Season IS HERE!

Brook Trout March 29 2013 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!

Baetis and Clouds and Trout

Pseudocloeons and Baetis equal Trout Food
Baetis, Pseudocloeons, Blue Wing Olives.  Overcast days on the Shenandoah Valley trout streams can produce great hatches throughout the winter months.  A 3 or 4 wt. fly rod combined with a floating fly line, 9ft. 5x or 6x leader and a few flies to match the hatch will provide ample entertainment when the hatch is on.  I like to start off with a #20 Mr. Rapidan Parachute or #18 Baltz Dry Para Nymph then switch to a #20 CDC  BWO if I am getting refusals.  I prefer the first two flies since they tend to be more durable patterns and are easier to see on the water.  Remember to watch areas around springs since the water will be a bit warmer in these areas on those cold winter days.  Check our Trout Fishing Report to stay up to date with current fishing conditions on our local trout streams.

Strikes 2009…


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.

The Brookies are feeding and Mayflies are hatching

Fish Food! Mayflies anyone??
Fish Food! Mayflies anyone??

Great Fly Fishing awaits! The Brook Trout in the Blue Ridge Mountains are feeding like crazy! Expect to find a lot of hatching mayflies: March Browns, Light Cahills, Gray Fox’s, Little Yellow Stoneflies and Caddis Flies are coming off in abundance on many of these streams! If you are waiting for the fishing to get good…. You are about to miss it. A Mr. Rapidan Dry #14 or #16 or #16 Murray’s Little Yellow Stonefly fished on 5x tippet with a drag free drift is unstoppable! Check out the Trout Fishing Report at www.Murraysflyshop.com

Hatching Mayflies – Aquatic Insects

Blue Quills, a few Quill Gordons and a few March Browns are coming off on different areas of the Mountain Brook Trout Streams. The prime time seems to be around 2:00 to 3:00 pm. A Mr. Rapidan Parachute #16 has worked quite well this week.

Quill Gordon Dun
Quill Gordon (Epeorus pleuralis)

Blue Quill Mayfly Dun
Blue Quill (Paraleptophlebia adoptiva)

These are the first two Mayflies to hatch on the Shenandoah National Park Brook Trout Streams each season.

Trout Podcast Part I – 11/15/08–Fly Fishing for Trout on small to medium size streams throughout North America

Looking through his window........
A discussion on Fly Fishing for Trout on small to medium size streams throughout North America.