Stream Category: C
Wild Trout: None
Stocked Trout: Brown and Rainbow
Other Species of Note:
Dry Flies: Adams, Terrestials
Nymphs: Hares ear, pheasant tail, prince, stone, perdigon, squirmy wormy, and mop
Streamers: tiny, tiny minnow and wooly buggers
Wading Stick: no
The South Mayo River (NF) might be one of the crappiest streams in the state of Virginia, with so much other water to stock I have no clue why the state of Virginia would stock such a stream. The water can be cold at times, and it does come from from fresh mountain water, however the creek is very, very tiny… it is not a river yet.
Personally I love fishing all water, and yes some creeks can be very tiny and still have amazing fish living in them. However this portion of the South Mayo River is not one of them and it should be abandoned for more ripe streams in Patrick County near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
If you do not heed my warning and decide to fish this area, be prepared to be disappointed because the fish here get fished out quickly, and be prepared to tuck cast only.
There are very few pull offs, so once you are at one of these stay there. Also lock up your vehicle, though I love Patrick County it is still not a safe place to leave cars unlocked.