Got out last Wednesday to chase wild native brook trout in Shenandoah National Park. We had a perfect spring day with redbuds and many wildflowers in full bloom - trilium, downy yellow violets, cinquefoil, moss phlox, star chickweed and several others I don't know. The dogwoods were just starting to blossom. Their whites along with the many blues, pinks and yellows from all of the understory blooms were set against bright vivid greens from the myriad mosses, ferns and other new spring foliage. The stream was flowing strong feeding many waterfalls and plunge pools full of eager Brookies. What an absolute perfect setting for a fishing adventure. I fished exclusively with dry flies on this trip. Patterns included parachute Adams, Royal Wulffs, tan and black elk hair caddis and a purple haze in sizes 14-18. As long as I did my part placing an accurate cast and achieving a drag free drift the fish were not selective. I caught fish on each pattern and size I tried. In these small, swift mountain streams the fish cannot afford to hesitate when food presents itself, working greatly to the angler's advantage. The rod was my new Chris Barclay 70P, a beautifully crafted 7' 4wt fiberglass of Chris' own design and build. It cast a DT 4 with precision. I think it was about as close to a perfect rod for me on this trip as I could imagine. I don't count fish but I caught plenty on this outing. Most were males between 6-8" with a few going closer to 10". Though we are in the heart of spring here in Virginia many fish retained remnants of their fall spawning color. Just beautiful healthy fish. I describe this trip to friends as a rigorous hike in the mountains interrupted by some rock climbing and a little fishing. We hiked about 7-8 miles and gained several hundred feet of elevation as we fished upstream through boulder gardens and over waterfalls for several hours. I definitely felt it the next day, though the minor aches and pains were a small price to pay for pristine wilderness fishing. We didn't see another soul all day until we got back the parking area to load up and head home.