Trout Hike – Hogcamp Branch Trout Fishing (VA)

On the way back up to the trailhead at the end of our day on the Rose River off of skyline Drive, Patrick and I set aside an hour to investigate the possibilities that the Hogcamp branch had to offer.

As we stumbled our way down the narrow, slippery trail in the damp morning, we couldn’t help but notice the sparkling water spilling over the tiny, pristine waterfalls of Hogcamp branch. From a previous visit, I knew that this trail was heavily traveled by hikers who enjoy the Rose River Loop. Did that mean that Hogcamp would be heavily fished?

The answer is no. While the Hogcamp is a typically beautiful mountain stream, it runs exceptionally shallow except in a few places where water collects at the base of small falls. Those pools run a foot deep with two feet being the exception. There are one or two deeper spots; I am sure they attract the attention of the few anglers who happened to stroll by. That said, it was still fun to sneak up on the tiny, wary trout that make those small pools of their home!

Dropping down to size 18 or 20 dry flies and floating those in the well-defined current seams produced by the quickly moving water, we both had plenty of hits, and I actually caught a trout or two — minuscule though they were — that made the event worthwhile. Perhaps the best reason to fish the Hogcamp is that it gives you an excuse to pause on your brutal trek back from the Rose River.

The only reason to walk by the stream is to get to the Rose. If you decide you want to spend the entire day fishing the Hogcamp, you probably will not be happy with your decision.  With a bit more exertion, you can find yourself on the Rose that joins the Hogcamp just downstream.

Hogcamp Branch Trout Fishing Bottom Line: Pass on the Hogcamp and go directly to the Rose

Getting There: Once you are on the Blue Ridge Parkway, drive to the Big Meadows Visitor Center.  The parking area and trailhead for Hogcamp Branch / Dark Hollow Follows is just north of the visitor complex.  The trail starts at the west end of the parking area.

Google Local Coordinates: 38.519463,-78.430946

Secrets Revealed?  No.  This is a very public location that is documented in the  Flyfisher’s Guide to Virginia.

Date Fished: 11/15/2009

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Scenic… but not fishable

Good water is a few steps from the path

Patrick working a pool

The deeper spots held small trout

With a view like this at the end of the day…. you have to love the Blue Ridge!

 

Click here for a short video of Patrick working a small pool

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

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Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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