Shenandoah National Park
Hiking to streams is my preferred method of fishing: all the things you look for in hiking, and you get to fish! The fishing is usually easier than streams with easy access (i.e. park and fish). The caveat is that one has to be more vigilant so as not to snag line on vegetation, and I will therefore give preference to people who have some fly fishing background (attending an intro to fly fishing trip counts). I will cap this trip at 5.
I’ll plan on fishing Rocky Mountain Run near its merger with Big Run. The stream crossings should be doable without getting wet, but once we start fishing, most access will require you to wade in. Therefore, bring either waders or sandals; you’ll probably want to put them in a backpack rather than hike with them. It looks like the temperature will be almost 30 C (mid 80s) on Saturday, so sandals might not be too cold.
Given that this stream is not stocked, I don’t expect the fish to be large enough to want to keep them, and would prefer to have everyone catch and release.
-> 1-2 liters of water
-> Sandals or waders
-> Fishing license (State Freshwater + Trout)
-> polarized sunglasses: these are very useful.
-> Fly fishing gear (4 sets available)
-> Gas money
You can buy your license online at: http://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/horf/ or at Walmart (north on 29).
I would suggest getting all three below, but only the middle one is necessary for this trip.
-> $4 – National Forest Permit – under “Special Licenses”
-> $18 – Resident State Freshwater Fishing – under “Fishing Licenses”
-> $18 – Resident Trout Fishing – under “Fishing Licenses”
Anyone that’s a member of this club should be able to get a resident license given you’re either a student or a resident:
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