We fish for brook trout year round in NC and VA; however, the spring and summer are by far my favorite times to target these amazing fish, especially the coveted natives.
Any deep poles are a prime target. I like to target deep poles and pocket behind fast moving water. I have also found success near wood along the banks. This provides a lot of cover for these remarkable fish.
One of my favorite blogs (GinkandGasoline) posted a great article today…somewhat inspired this one. I’d add four of my favorites to the list.
1.) Mr. Rapidan
2.) Royal Wolf
3.) White or black wooly bugger
4.) Chubby Chernobyl – Tan & Black/Purple
Any trout rod is fine below a 5 weight. A shorter 3 weight is ideal for tight cover and shorter casts. Fluorocarbon 5x or 6x tippet.
Gink and Gasoline article for other flies: