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Shenandoah National Park

Virginia's Shenandoah National Park is blessed with well over two dozen fine trout streams, not to mention many small feeder creeks. The park is loaded with wild brookies, and for those who measure angling success by standards such as beautiful water and pristine surroundings, as opposed to the size of the fish, it can be a prime destination. Summer calls for delicate casts with long leaders or ultralight spinning gear. Terrestrial patterns or attractors such as Royal Wulffs in sizes 16 or 18 work for flyfishermen, while spinfishermen will find tiny Mepps Aglias or Rapalas (remember to clip two of the treble hooks) productive. Harry Murray's book, Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park, remains quite useful. Contact: Shenandoah National Park (540-999-2243).