Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
The hike to Doyles Run can be done with in a loop, or out-and back. I think the loop is best, since the distance covered is about the same as an out-and-back trip, but you get to see more of the park.
I reckon the fishing will be better in the afternoon, so we need not get to the river in the morning. That said, I would like to allow plenty of time for fishing, being optimistic that it will be good. Even though I expect to be at the car before the sun sets, I’ll recommend people bring headlamps.
Regarding fishing regulations, no brook trout under 9″ may be kept, but brown trout of any size may not be returned to the water. (Rainbow or brown over 7″ may be kept.) While Big Run is open to harvest (some streams in Shenandoah National Park are catch and release only), I strongly encourage releasing any brook trout caught.
The only license you need is a statewide freshwater license ($23 for a year from purchase date), and they can be bought here: http://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/horf/
> Hiking provisions: backpack, water (2 liters), lunch (2nd lunch too?), snacks, sunscreen
> Polarized sunglasses if you have them
> Fishing gear if you have it
> Headlamp (better to be prepared)
> A ride
> Fly fishing gear (rod, reel, and kit)
> Up to 2 waders (Men’s size 9 and 10)
> An excuse to get outside
1) There are stream crossings (notable, after the confluence), and while weekend temperatures should be pleasant, the water will still be cold. Waders are strongly recommended (pack them in a backpack)
2) Fishing regulations can be found here: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/regulations/