Rapidan / Staunton River Fishing Locations
Sadly, I had to take this book off the market. Private property owners shut down access to the Rapidan at the end of Richards Ferry Road. Tragic! It only required allowing folks to cross around 30 yards in a remote corner they owned to get to the public property. Since fishing the Confluence was the …
Dry River Overview
Here is the overview of the Dry River I wrote for the NVTU
CAUTION – Unresolved Kings Grant Issues! It seems like every landowner on the Jackson below the dam is arguing for a claim of ownership. Until this is all sorted out, I strongly recommend you avoid that section of the river. Fish in Hidden Valley only.
Trout – Lower Rapidan (VA – Graves Mill)
After fishing the Staunton River, I had a little extra time so I thought I would wander up the lower section of the Rapidan to see how it had changed since the last time I visited. Even after the fairly dry summer, there was a decent amount of water still tumbling down the gentle slope that …
Trout Hike – Staunton River (VA)
I am starting to become anxious with the cold weather and looking back with longing at some of my last trout hikes of the fall. In preparation for my upcoming move to Wilmington, NC I’m making an effort to revisit my favorite places before Virginia becomes a long trip with a special purpose. One of …
Trout – South River (VA – Special Reg West Lot – Updated)
After the great experience on the east lot, this was a let down…
Trout – South River (VA – Special Reg East Lot)
I can’t believe I have ignored this section for so long…
Trout – Conway River (VA – Middle Section)
Always pleasant, easy walking path, good looking water.
Trout – Mossy Creek (VA – West Section)
The western section of Mossy is easy walking… like a park
Trout – Mossy Creek (VA – Middle Section)
The middle section of Mossy produces!
Trout – Mossy Creek (VA – East Section)
First of a three part series on this trophy trout water.
Trout – Rose River (VA – Lower SNP Access)
It’s hard to believe, but the last time I fished the middle part of the Rose River was back in June, 2006. I have vague memories of being pretty tired at the end of that experience (see previous posting). This time, six years later and six years older, the Rose River was no gentler! However, …
Trout – Staunton River (VA – Lower Rapidan Feeder)
With my impending move to Wilmington, NC next year sometime, I feel like I am on a “farewell tour.” I’m anxious to get around to all the good spots this fall and next spring before my focus shifts to a new venue. It had been over a year since I fished the Staunton and I …
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Trout – Quantico (VA – Secon Pool Downstream)
Trout fishing is closed at Quantico now, so file this one for next seaso
Trout – Secon Pool (VA – Quantico)
Reserved for 12 an under, it’s an easy place to start a kid fishing.
Trout – Quantico Meat Hunting (VA)
The trout stream closes on May 19. It’s still loaded with fish.
Snakehead – Chopawamsic Bay (VA)
A mounted attack fails.. but… this water looks promising.
Snakehead – Chopawamsic Creek – Bank Attack
My first effort ends in failure.
Trout – Rose River (VA – Lower Boundary)
ressured close to parking? Surprisingly… no!
Trout – Passage Creek (VA – Delayed Harvest Section)
Low water reveals an interesting streambed profile
Trout – Paddy Run (VA – Brookie Section)
The stream, beyond the stocked section, looks good.
Trout – Paddy Run (VA – Upper Entrance)
The upper section of Paddy Run is as pleasant as the lower.
Trout – Hazel River (VA – Upper Section)
A 7.4 round trip mile hike with total vertical gain of 1,600 feet leads to….
Rapidan (Camp Hoover – Laurel)
All the details are in my book, but I felt like I needed to put up a posting about something in the Blue Ridge as the water begins to heat up in late February. If you’re going to fish the Rapidan, the area above Camp Hoover is essentially a waste of time.
Trout Recon – NF Shenandoah (VA – Blue Hole)
Heavily fished, but scenic
Trout Hike – Beaver Creek (VA – Middle Section)
I like the middle section better than the lower part.
Meadow Run (VA)
Total loser… off limits from the valley
Trout Hike – Hughes River (VA – Lower Section after Drought)
The Hughes looks like it survived the summer low water.
Trout Hike – Conway River (VA – Upper Section)
Even up high in the Blue Ridge, there is enough water for a decent day of springtime fishing
Trout Hike – North River (VA – Gorge 2010)
Whoa… this is horrible
Trout Hike – Staunton Reservoir (VA)
Nice lake, limited bank access
Trout Hike – Sherando Lake (VA – Lower Lake)
If stocked and if driving by anyway….
Trout Hike – South River (VA – Grottoes)
A nice park provides easy access to the stocked section of the South River at Grottoes
Brokenback Run (VA)
A long walk leads to scenic water.
Trout Hike – Beaver Creek (VA – Downstream)
Beaver Creek offers trophy quality fish
Trout Hike – South River (VA – Shenandoah National Park)
7.1 miles, 1,635 feet of vertical leads to….
Todd Lake (VA)
No bass, no trout..
Trout Recon – Black Run (VA)
Dry and dead
Bass/Trout – Hearthstone Lake
Another nice small lake tucked up in the George Washington National Forest
West Branch Naked Creek (VA)
A totally dry hole… another waste of time…unless you are interested in bears.
Madison Run (VA)
A mile walk for nothing.
Paine Run (VA)
No water at the lower entrance
Trout – Hazel River (VA – Middle Section)
The farther up you go, the better it gets.
Trout – Dan River (VA – Townes)
No pressure… great fish… hard to get to
Trout – Stewarts Creek (VA)
Could be better farther upstream… but we did catch 8+” brookies here
Trout – Pedlar River (VA – Dam)
The first intersection with the river downstream of the dam is a popular spot.
Trout – South River (VA – Waynesboro)
The South River downstream from the Festival skunks me… but you might do better.
Trout – Conway River (VA – Middle Section)
The middle part of the Conway River, above Devil’s Ditch, is skinny water with scattered pools.
Rocky Mountain Run (VA)
Focus on Big Run… skip Rocky Mountain Run
Trout – Little Irish Creek (VA – Wild Section)
Ok… need to throw a trout bone to the trout guys in the middle of this hot summer..
Upper Sherando Lake (VA)
Looks like a great family location!
Mills Creek Reservoir (VA)
Don’t walk into Mills Creek if you only want to fish the reservoir
Thornton River (VA – Main)
Narrow, tight… borderline unfishable in this section