It’s Black Friday, a day when many go to the shopping malls, and in Virginia, a perfect day to go trout fishing!
I returned to the Back Creek gorge, looking for those big brown trout. None were present, and there were more anglers than bugs, but I did manage to find some open water, and caught a number of nice rainbows. The fly was a #16 old-fashioned wet fly, with a yellow floss body, green/blue glass bead thorax and a rusty soft hackle tied in ahead of the bead. Darker flies and larger flies were ignored.
This is really a great stream, with a lot of deep water, large underwater structure, riffles and runs. Too bad VDGIF won’t manage it as a catch-and-release or delayed-harvest water!