Fly Fish on the Rapidan River

Graves Mill Parking Area

With big boulders and deep plunge pools, this free stone river is perfect for catching a native brook trout and one of the best streams in Shenandoah National Park for trout fishing.

Park at the Graves Mill Parking Area. From here you can easily follow the Rapidan River up the mountain. Fishing reports inform that the lowest concentration of brookies are at the lower boundaries of the park so take some time to enjoy the trail and hike up stream. At the lower boundaries you might hook a Brown Trout

Pack List

  • Rod (shorter, the river is surrounded by trees but if you stand in the middle you have a good bit of room to cast)
  • Fly Line 4, 5, or 6 weight
  • Waders in the colder months
  • Camera
  • Water
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Activities Fishing, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
River
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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Classic Brookie Fishing

Best brook trout fly fishing in the Blue Ridge.


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