North Fork
Moormans River Virginia
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing the North Fork of Moormans
River Virginia
This stream is all "catch and release - single hook
artificial lures/flies" within the boundaries of
Shenandoah National Park. Below the park boundary,
the stream is stocked with brown trout. Moormans River
flows into Charlottesville Reservoir where it provides the
drinking water for the city. Fly fishing the North Fork of
Moormans River usually produces some nice brookies.

Like all of the Shenandoah National Park streams, the
North Fork of the Moormans River is a pure freestone
stream subject to whatever Mother Nature brings it in
the way of rain and snowfall. It usually gets very low in
the late Summer and early Fall. Fishing becomes
slightly more difficult when the water is low. The Lower
part of the stream settles down to a more moderate
flow. You can access about two miles of it from a road
that follows the section of the stream above the dam.
From that point upstream, hiking is required.

The river can also be accessed from the top side near
Skyline Drive. You will find a parking lot and a trailhead
at Milepost #87 at Blackrock Gap on Skyline Drive. You
should intersect the stream not far down the trail.

The native brook trout and the way the stream is
managed is what makes this a unique stream. We have
only fished it on one occasion and were able to catch
several trout, including one nice brown trout. We did
fish the lower end of the river from the access road but
we also hiked upstream a mile or so. The best brook
trout fishing is probably in the more remote sections of
the stream. It all should be very good; however, thanks
to the way the stream is managed.

Season:
The season runs year-round
Winter:
Trout can be caught on warm winter days.
Spring:
Spring is the best time for fly fishing the North fork of
the Moormans River.
Summer:
Summertime is okay. The water may get low but it will
remain cool throughout the Summer.
Fall:
Fall is the beautiful time to fly fish Shenandoah National
Park.

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Type of Stream
Limestone

Species
Brook Trout (native)
Brown Trout (Stocked with some
holdovers)

Size
Small to Medium

Location
Shenandoah National Park

Nearest Towns
White Hall

Season
Year-round

Access:
Good but hiking required

Non-Resident License
State of Virginia

Weather
National Weather Service Link

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