Now the winter is over, and you are planning to visit one of the America’s most popular parks – Blue Ridge Parkway. Stretching up to 469 miles, this drive connects two other major parks in North Carolina and Virginia, and offers scenic views of the mountains, forests, and wonderful landscapes, with unlimited trails for hiking, picnics, and sport fishing grounds. Among these many activities to do in Blue Ridge Parkway, fly fishing is one of the interesting outdoor things that any fisherman may deserve to experience.
Along the spine of the Blue Ridge there are several streams elongating hundreds of miles, while along the Parkway there are thirteen lakes ideal for fishermen searching for indigenous fish at the mountaintop park. Fly fishermen understand the value of this parkway, and the fishing is regulated by state authority of either North Carolina or Virginia that issue licenses to the fishermen. The authority restricts any special licenses, and single hooks and artificial lures are recommended in the waters. However, youngsters can enjoy fishing as long as they go along with a licensed adult.
For conservation purposes, fishermen are only allowed to use digestible bait, and no one is allowed to carry out fishing from adjacent walls, dams, or footbridges. Every stream has its own regulations that are posted at the watercourse bank, but fishing in all the designated waters is allowed one-half before sunrise to one-half after sunset. Depending on jurisdictions of different lands where the streams flow, mostly digging of bait is prohibited. To achieve the best fishing experience, you can use a fish finder to locate the great fishing spots. Fish finders are essentially used to help a fisherman see better underwater, and enhance the ease of fishing.
How to Use a Fish Finder
A fish finder is a valuable device for locating the places where fish crowds, or those points with baitfish where larger fish are likely to hang out to feed on those small ones. It is not actually a viable device for locating a single fish, and that is why fishermen are advised to first learn the general idea about the underwater landscape. You can use online charts from state agencies or fishing supply stores to know the areas that attract more fish. Once you know the fishing spots, you can easily interpret what you see on the screen, and drop your line at the right spot.
Most Popular and Great Fisheries along Blue Ridge Parkway
There are a number of fishing holes along Blue Ridge. Cherokee Trophy Water, located in the North Carolina parts of the Blue Ridge, is one of the most popular fisheries. It offers unique fishing experience, with stocked fish such as rainbows and browns that measure at least 20 inches in length. The waters are strictly managed, but catch-and-release fishing is allowed under certain policies. However, it has a portion of about 2 miles that is specifically set for fly fishing. Wilson Creek is another great fishery listed among the top trout streams, and it is located in Catawba Drainage. It is easily accessed through the Blue Ridge Parkway and offers plenty of browns and rainbows.
Rose River is situated in Virginia, in Madison County, and it is accessible through the Blue Ridge Parkway’s northern part Skyline Drive. The river flow out of the Blue Ridge into the scenic Valley of Rose and the water supports a strong population of rainbows and brookies. It borders with Shenandoah National Park that is usually open to visitors, but beyond the park is a stretch of private waters managed and owned by Rose River Farms. For those longing to experience endless fly fishing adventure, Big Run in Shenandoah National Park can do the trick. It is a wild and remote area, but it hosts the biggest brookies. It is accessible through Skyline Drive from which you will trail through the Big Run Loop Trail until you arrive at the Big Run Portal Trail. The area is quite interesting, and you may find yourself spending most of the time there. If you really want to experience multi-day fly fishing, don’t forget to carry essential stuff in your backpack. Once you reach the Big Run Portal Trail, you can first explore the upstream areas especially close to where the Rocky Mountain Adjoins the Big Run.
If you choose to fish from the Madison Run, you can park at the Brown Gap parking lot after driving along the Skyline Drive. You can as well opt to hike down the Madison Run road, but still, you can choose to start right from the bottom to the side of Route 708. However, the fishing is best done on the lower and middle areas where the stream flows between Furnace and Austin mountains. You might be also interested in night hunting. Here is the post for that!