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 …
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 …
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 …
Always pleasant, easy walking path, good looking water.
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, …
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 …
ressured close to parking? Surprisingly… no!
A 7.4 round trip mile hike with total vertical gain of 1,600 feet leads to….
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.
The Hughes looks like it survived the summer low water.
Even up high in the Blue Ridge, there is enough water for a decent day of springtime fishing
A long walk leads to scenic water.
7.1 miles, 1,635 feet of vertical leads to….
The farther up you go, the better it gets.
The middle part of the Conway River, above Devil’s Ditch, is skinny water with scattered pools.
Narrow, tight… borderline unfishable in this section
I burned a lot of sweat and energy to penetrate 3 miles into the Piney
A dribble of water not worth the effort.
With Blue Ridge on fire in early May, I knew I had to maximize my time on the small streams before they warmed up. I had fished the entire Rapidan from Graves Mill all the way up to Camp Hoover, but I skipped the Staunton river. That was a problem that I was resolved to …
Gentle hike up a gradual slope leads to good water.
Decent fishing for those who are willing to walk
Park in one of the two turnouts and walk down the steep path past a nice campsite and begin fishing upstream. If you walk up the road, you’ll need to bushwhack your way over to the river before it enters a steep “canyon” that would make access more of an exercise in climbing than fishing.
The Hogcamp is a good diversion on your hike back from fishing the Rose
A brutal trout hike puts us on the cold, clear water of the Rose below Skyline Drive
If you undertake this brutal hike only to fish Jones Run, you will be disappointed.
Mile 2 is a good section to fish after it is stocked
A rough mountain climb leads to a few crystal clear pools framed by stark rock cliffs
Let’s break up the summer with a report on trout!
A 7 mile hike with a 1,500 ft vertical drop protects a Park jewel
Bear! It just added to the overall ambiance of the Park
The Conway is not as stressful as Devil’s Ditch
Brutal bushwhacking on a pristine stream! Wonderful!
Brutal bushwhacking produces bountiful brookies
Good stocked water where the Robinson joins the Rose
Lon and I bumped down the rough, rutted road over the mountain from Criglersville following Quaker Run Road from its junction on the Robinson. We ground to a halt where it met the Rapidan River inside the Shenandoah National Park and considered our options. We could continue on the road and fish our way up …
No pot of gold at the end of this rainbow either …
No pot of gold at the end of this rainbow…
The Rose River above Syria should be no different than the section in the Park
Sugar Hollow Reservoir is a tough nut to crack – bank fishing only.
Pathetic end of season location ….. bad advice brought me here on June 13.
Even though this was road fishing, I had a great time
There should be a warning about places like this…. “Monsters lurk here…”
On my way back from Whitetop-Laurel, I had a few hours so I diverted to fish the lower Rapidan near Graves Mill. I had been here twice before back in my spin fishing days, but had never spend any real time working this section. Today was to be no different. Unlike the upper part of the …
The stocked section of the Rose extends down below Syria
South River near the SNP is “road fishing”
Tough call on how to get to the Hazel. The evidence seems to indicate that you can park and walk in from the south without trespassing.
What looked good on the map, looked bad on the ground.
Cedar Run – tough going with a jewel at the top
The middle section of the upper Rose River lives up to my high hopes
Another Shenandoah treasure – great water, plenty of trout
Easy walk, deep pools… this one is a winner
I thought the Rose was good until I saw the upper Hughes…
SPECTACULAR!!! Walk in from Skyline and get to work.
The middle Conway River is an enticing network of pocket water – full of productive holes
Anxious to start fishing – headed out to look at some water that I had not been to yet