Fairfax County, Virginia, May 10, 2007
Jin fishes the upper end of Holmes Run Stream.

Arrived at the upper end of Holmes Run around 9am and started fishing below the first crossing. I tied on a size 16 BH pheasant tail and pulled a couple of rainbows just below the riffles, dead drifting the nymph and occasionally twitching the fly to attract fish.

I moved further down the deep pool and managed to pull-out about eight fish that were tight to the bank or under cover. I kept fishing further down the stream hitting likely spots.

I found this nice brownie in a deep pocket. In fact, I found couple more decent sized fish holding in deep pockets below riffles. I tried fishing below the second crossing but trucks crossing the stream had muddied the water so I worked back up the stream, pulling out more fish in all the deep holes.

I tied on a woolly bugger and stripped it through the big elbow pool below the parking lot. I don't remember how many I caught but enough to retire my fly. I lost track of how many fish but it was over 15 and less than 25.

DIRECTIONS: Holmes Run Stream Valley Park is located on Columbia Pike (244) amid apartments, residential housing and strip malls. As you drive on 244 towards Leesburg Pike (Rt. 7) the road will slope downhill. To your right you will see a large apartment complex and on your left will be the face of the Lake Barcroft Dam. You will drive cross a bridge with a covered pedestrian walkway. At this point SLOW DOWN and get into the RIGHT LANE. The road will begin to go uphill. To your right is a small, paved road that looks like a bike path. THIS IS THE ENTRANCE. It's a sudden right turn so make sure the car on your tail knows you're turning. Park and follow the paved path to Holmes Run Stream Valley Park.