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Old 03-23-2013, 10:39 AM
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Default Re: Shenandoah National Park in Winter

I was driving back from my brother's house yesterday and stopped by the most popular stream in the Shenandoah Park to try to catch some brookies. I had the stream to myself, due to the weather (33 F, 25mph wind). The stream was as high as I've seen it in the 3 years I've fished the park. I had no clue how to find the trout as I covered a new portion of the stream. After that, I went to a well-known honey hole and found some trout on the rise to a few march browns hatching off. These brookies get so much pressure that they act like brown trout. I didn't have the right pattern, so I missed more than I caught. But I did fool 3 healthy brookies. The best was 10", a very nice trout for the park. He spit the hook and slipped out of my hand while I was digging for the camera, though. Below, I've attached photos of the other 2 trout (7" and 8") and the hole in question. This is, imho, the best hole on the best stream in the park.

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That dead pine tree provides great cover to the trout, but makes the hole a lot tougher to fish.
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