I stalked and spotted 2 sets of those beautiful orange fins last May in a pool not far from the Chimney Tops picnic area. I had caught 3 little 'bows in a short while on this trip, and was introducing my wife's cousin Colin to the sport. There was a big boulder and uprooted tree to hide behind, and the sun was throwing our shadows just fine. I instructed him to remain out of sight and just lightly drop the fly and tippet to the water as gently as possible and one of the trout would surely take his fly. SMACK went the fly, leader, and a couple feet of fly line. The two trout I had spotted (and another 3 I hadn't) bolted upstream. Busting that cherry will be great, but sharing the joy and excitement of the sport is better. Colin wants to join me fishing in Virginia in 3 weeks..
I've been down to the park 4 times this year and hit the Mad River to the North of me twice - but have totaled less than 20 hours on the water. I'm just guessing, but I suspect you get that much time weekly, don't you Kevin? There's a reason I spent a long time watching you fish during our outing .
I'll definitely be down in June with my son and Father-In-Law, but might also convince my wife to let me come down around Memorial Day as my birthday present.. Hopefully we can meet up again this year before it gets too hot.