Rose River
October 19, 2010, 7:36 pm
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This past weekend I visited the Rose River for some fall time brook trout fishing. The river, mountain stream really, which pours out of the hills which make up the Shenandoah national park is a favorite brook trout stream of many.

To access the stream one drives and then hikes the old Blue Ridge turnpike. A road which was cut through the mountains over 300 years ago and which Stonewall Jackson traveled along with his troops to meet up with General Lee in Big Meadows back in 1862.

Anyways enough history talk… however one last reminder from Herbert Hoover whom also fished these streams, “To go fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish.”

Hoover's Rapidan
November 17, 2009, 9:34 pm
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I went fishing a few weeks ago on the Rapidan River in the Shenendoah. Not exactly a river more of a brooke or run but it did hold some beautiful native trout. This river is consider one of the best places in Virginia to catch native trout, which constantly face habitat pressure from acid rain and other human endeavors .

President Herbert Hoover, the 31st president also loved these streams and in 1929 he built a camp there. The camp consisting of 13 cabins served as retreat for the president especially during the Great Depression.  He used the cabin to entertain important figures have meetings, and of course to go fly fishing for trout. Images courtesy of the National Park Service.

Here is one of mine from the day, I apologize for the bad resolution cell phone pic. What the wild brooke trout lacks in size it makes up for in its colors and beauty.