May 6, 2022 – May 8, 2022 all-day
Rapidan Wildlife Management Area



CWA is organizing a trip to the Rapidan River to fish for beautiful brook trout over the weekend of 6-8 May 2022.

Spring is the best time for brook trout fishing in the Shenandoah!

Karli Rogers and Mary Beth Martin, two of our CWA members, will lead a fly fishing trip to the Rapidan River in the Rapidan River Wildlife Management Area. The area is a catch and release fishery with barbless hooks required so the brook trout can be returned safely to the river.

The trip is limited to 8 additional CWA fishers. Recommended equipment: 5wt or 6wt rod, 8.5 or 9 foot; 1 or 2 leaders (7.5 feet, 4X or 3X). Flies that have worked nicely in the past include Mr. Rapidan, Humpys. Royal Wulffs, Blue Duns, Pheasant Tail Nymphs and Prince Nymphs. Please bring your waders and wading boots. A wading staff is highly recommended. You will need a Virginia freshwater fishing license, a trout stamp and a National Forest Stamp. These can be purchased on line at https://dwr.virginia.gov/licenses/.

  • The CWA group will be staying at the Red Roof Inn in Culpeper, VA.
  • Spring is high season in the Shenandoah Valley and many of the lodges and motels are filling up fast, so please book your room early if you plan to go on this trip.
  • Room rates will be about $79 plus tax for single occupancy. If you’d like to share a room, please let the trip leaders know.
  • There are plenty of restaurants in Culpeper for breakfast and dinner.
  • Please pack a lunch and drink for the day on the river.
  • Carpooling from the motel to the river is recommended.

For insurance purposes, all non-members must register as a CWA member-for-a-day for this event. The fee is $10.


The Rapidan Wildlife Management Area is located approximately 25 miles west of Culpeper and 30 miles north of Charlottesville. Access to the Rapidan tract; follow State Route (SR) 231 to Banco (5.5 miles north of Madison). From there, take SR 670 for one mile (through Criglersville) and turn left onto SR 649 (Quaker Run Road). Follow 649 beyond the state maintained portion of the road and continue on the dirt road all the way to the management area. To access to the Middle River tract; follow SR 230 west from SR 29 (south of Madison) to Wolftown. From there follow SR 662 to Graves Mill and continue on SR 615 all the way to the management area. Public access to the South River tract is limited to one road, SR 642 (Taylor Mountain Road). Follow SR 230 past Wolftown to SR 621 west (South River Road), which is 2 miles north of Stanardsville. Follow SR 621/637 (621 will turn into 637) and make a left turn onto SR 642. Follow 642 up the mountain and beyond the state maintained portion of the road. Continue up the dirt road to the management area. Be advised wildlife management area roads, and roads leading to the area beyond state maintained portions, are narrow and not maintained to VDOT standards and can be rough.