For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Monday, June 15, 2020
Freestone Streams With Mr. Rapidan
A mountain freestone stream. Rumbling and tumbling along without any human hindrances. It's boulders create back eddys which provide sanctuaries for the wild brook trout which call places like this home. It is streams like this that I love to fish. Places like this where you become one with where you are. A place where the word trophy has a different meaning. It is a place where certain flies are created. These flies are not frame quality but are worthy of so much more.
This is one such fly. The Mr. Rapidan...a series of flies created by Harry Murray of Virginia. These flies have a distinct yellow wing, moose mane tail and float like a cork. I fish these flies and nine out of ten times they catch fish. I prefer the parachute version as opposed to the "wulff" style one.
These are what live in those mountain streams behind those boulders. The incredible beauty of this fish is highlighted by the little yellow Mr. Rapidan fly. I fished yesterday with Kirk on such a stream. In one small run of four yards alongside of a boulder I raised three brookies on a Mr. Rapidan.