Shenandoah Forest VA Brook Trout fishing

Skyline Drive view of the Shenandoahs

White Oak river plunge pool

Hughes River catch

If you’re interested in catching native brook trout on mountain streams, the Shenandoah mountains are hard to beat. (and don’t mind hiking to get to them)

Tim Brookens and I stayed on Skyline Drive and fished the “Hughes”, the “Rose” and “White Oak”. Each stream required a 1 1/2 to 2 mile walk down the mountain. Worth it when you get there…

Rose River brookie

but a little tiring hiking back out at the end of the day.
We averaged 20 – 30 brookies a day and had the “rivers” all to ourselves.

Thanks to Harry Murray of Murrays fly shop ( for his book, maps and his recommended fly – Mr. Rapidan.