Originally Posted by Red Owl
I want to thank everyone for the help and the honest assessments. The reason I am interested in the Rapidan is because it is reputed as a top stream, one of the "must do" places. I think it is one of TU's top 100 in the U.S.
Personally, the idea of hiking up a mountain at the end of the day, when I'll already be tired, I wasn't looking forward to that so thanks on that aspect. I am planning on staying around Charlottesville so I'll drive up and start at the bottom. I still have lots of questions so I hope you don't mind me asking.
1. From Charlottesville to Grave's Mill- how much time does that drive take?
2. I have done some reading, initially I thought brown trout were in the lower areas and for brook trout you had to be higher up than camp Hoover but then it sounded like folks were catching brookies farther down. Hopefully by the end of September they might have spawning colors. I am really interested in only catching brookies as they aren't that common in a lot of areas. For targeting brookies in the last few days of September, what part of the river should I focus on and what type flies should I be using? It sounds like on the areas above camp Hoover you have to dap more than cast. I don't care what technique as long as I have the best shot at catching brook trout.
1. It's about an hour to Graves Mill from Charlottesville and an hour and 10 to the upper access. It's a 2 mile hike from the Graves Mill parking lot to the upper access part.
2. It's all brook trout in the Park/Management Area. You can catch brookies from below the lower boundary all the way up to where the stream comes out of the drainage off Skyline. The stream has such a high gradient that you can usually get a full cast in if you carefully aim your backcast back over the stream. September is a great time to fish the park and you should definitely find some brookies in full spawn color. Cover a lot of ground and don't make too many casts to the same spot. If there's a hungry brookie, you'll know about on the first good cast to a spot.
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Originally Posted by chi804
I should've learned from my experience fishing the Moormans near the resevoir. I caught a few brookies using a prince head nymph. What's the name of that book you're referencing? I'd like to check it out. Thanks.