01/22/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges



Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 8

Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

The state in the middle Atlantic Region of the country also have some fly fishing
destinations worth mentioning. Virginia and Maryland have some of the best ones.
Some are well known and some are not well known. These are our favorites.

Savage River Maryland
This stream, the prime part of which is a tailwater, is well hidden as far as we are
concerned. You will be hard pressed to find anyone in the nearest town of
Bloomington to tell you where it is. It is a tributary of the Potomac River which flows
through the town. It's difficult to imagine trout exist nearby when you are looking at
nothing but industrial plants on the way to the stream. Once you turn into the area
along the river, you will change your mind. This tailwater is one of the best wild trout
streams in the middle Atlantic region. The river is bordered with rhododendron and
mountain azaleas along with large hemlock and other hardwood trees. The tailwater
is managed as a "Trophy Trout" area. It's divided into two sections. The first section
starting below the dam is designated as "Fly Fishing Only". It extends
for a mile and a quarter from the dam to the Allegana Bridge. A "Trophy Trout
Management Area" extends from the Allegana Bridge to the confluence with the
Potomac River, a distance of just under three miles.  It's only stocked trout are the
ones that swim upstream from the Potomac River. It's relatively small tailwater that
has plenty of wild trout. It can be floated or fished from the bank. I'll give it an "A
minus".

Rapidian River
This historic river is only well known because of Camp Hoover, an old Presidential
Retreat. Of course, most locals also know its a great brook trout stream - locals
meaning Washington D. C. and nearby city residents. They probably call it their
local waters because it isn't all that far away. Once you get anywhere near the lower
end of the stream, your well out in the sticks. What's amazing is that half of the
people living nearby the stream don't know how to get to it. Its brook trout are native
inside Shenandoah National Park and cannot be taken home for dinner, so most
locals don't fish it. There's plenty of water just outside the park that is stocked.

The river provides some of the best brook trout fishing you will ever experience. Of
course, these are the northern strain of brook trout which are different from those in
the Smokies. It is a beautiful top notch stream equal or better than any in the
Shenandoah National Park. I'll give it an "A minus" and the minus only because it is
species limited to brook trout  - which isn't a bad thing but something that doesn't
interest some anglers.

Other Shenandoah National Park Streams
There are some other streams in Shenandoah National Park that are worth
mentioning. Most of them are small brook trout streams that are best accessed from
Skyline Drive. It is usually a steep, long hike to get to where the streams hold brook
trout. East Hawksbill Creek is one of the better little brook trout streams in the park.
Madison Run is another one. The upper part of the North Fork of the Moormans
River inside the park where the trout are native brook trout is also a good one. The
upper parts of Big Run, Hughes River and Rose Run are some others. For the most
part, the only thing good, or I should say that keeps them good trout streams, is that
the better sections are remote and difficult to access. If you enjoy fishing small,
brook trout streams that require tough hikes similar to many of those in the
Smokies, you would rate some of these high on your list.

Stewart's Creek Virginia
This is a sleeper little trout stream not very well known outside of its local area. It's in
the Stewart Creek Wildlife Management Area in southern Virginia and flows from
there into North Carolina. The upper parts, which are very steep but with plunge
pool after plunge pool all with brook trout, can be accessed from the Blue Ridge
Parkway. Its best waters takes some tough hiking to reach from the bottom or top. I'll
give it a "B plus" only because it's species limited and requires some very tough
hiking to reach its best water.  

Laurel Fork Creek Virginia
Another sleeper brook trout stream in Virginia is Laurel Creek. It seems like there's
a Laurel Creek everywhere there's a trout stream in the eastern United States.
There's more than one in Virginia, so to distinguish it, this is the Laurel Fork in
Highland County Virginia. This one's a good trout stream and I suspect it's for one
main reason. You have to hike a good ways, close to three miles, to fish Laurel
Fork. The stream, located in the Alleghany Highlands,  is approximately nine miles
long and has plenty of native brook trout. Its a good size stream averaging twenty to
thirty feet wide and located entirely in the George Washington National Forest close
to West Virginia. I'll give it a "B plus" and only because its species limited and
requires a long hike to reach any of its waters that hold brook trout.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh