My brother (twin brother actually) was in town the past few days. Knowing that I would do most anything to get out on some water and fish, he planned trips around my needs. A couple of days ago, we took a trip to the Shenandoah National Park. We hiked down the mountain so I could fish the Hughes River. Unfortunately, I hadn’t planned on fishing that day so I was completely unprepared in the fly department. I saw a very large (about 10 to 11″ brook trout), but didn’t catch anything. I’m pretty sure the flies I tried were too large.
Yesterday, we took a trip to Monticello. On the way, we stopped in Harrisonberg at the Blue Ridge Angler. I met Billy, the owner and their dog. Very nice helpful guy. I told him that I had about an hour to fish to which he responded… “no problem, you could go to Mossy Creek or Dry River and have great fishing “(or something like that). He said to just get some bushy flies for the Brook Trout and I should be set. So I got 3 flies and headed out to George Washington National Forest which was about 10 minutes from the shop. I was there for about 5 minutes and then caught a 8” brookie. I was excited to show it to my brother. I don’t think he was as excited as I was but I guess that’s understandable. The place where we pulled off was easy access to the road so there was a lot of trash and worm cans. Not the prettiest scenary, but still better than not going.