Ramsey’s Draft is a great stream for “natives”, “specks”, or what Yankees and fly fisherman call wild brook trout. This is an especially good stream to fish if the water is too high on the bigger water. You can fish upstream or downstream from the parking area. The trail was rehabbed last summer as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act (The Stimulus Bill), so access is a lot easier than it was a year ago.
My favorite time to fish Ramsey’s Draft is in the early spring, when it gets tremendous Quill hatches and the brookies are near suicidal.
- Take US 250 west of Staunton. It’s faster to take Rt 262 (the Staunton ring road) than going through Staunton.
- Drive about 15 miles west, through Churchville, into the national forest.
- Ramsey’s Draft has an obvious parking lot to the right of 250.