Fairfax County, Virginia, May 12, 2007
A report from Jin for mikescatchreport.com
I walked down to the fourth stream crossing then turned around and fished up stream. There were a lot of fish below the usual pools that have produced trout in the past.

I found a number of pools and pockets with trout and managed to pull out a couple of fish from each pool using a size 16 bead head Pheasant Tail.

The water temperature was 70 degrees and this means the fish will not last much longer. I did find one spring that empties into the stream and hopefully this will provide a little bit of relief for the fish as the water warms.

EQUIPMENT: A 3-weight rod and Size 16 bead head Pheasant Tail. Period.

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.