My Father has been alot of places I haven't but today I took him somewhere he's never been. I took him to a quality wild trout stream smack dab in the middle of McDowell County. We left Hinton at about 10am with a stout wind and some rain. We decided to go anyways. When we arrived at the stream, the sun was slowly poking out and the temperature was on the rise. We rigged up and hit the water at 11:20am. I was fishing the ole faithfull #8 Olive Bead Head Wooly Bugger and I rigged Dad up the same way. The water was a little on the high side so we began fishing the pockets, eddies, and current breaks. I think Dad was a little skeptical about this creek's potential until I hooked and landed a chunk of a Brown Trout that was a solid 16". Soon Dad had his first hookup and he never stopped the rest of the day. He ended the day with 8 and I finished with 3. He said he would be back. I know I will.
Established January 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday while brookie fishing, Chris and I discussed heading down to the other end of the state for a chance to find some Blue Wing Olives, Browns, and Bows. We did exactly that. We arrived in McDowell county promptly at 10am and found the water to be less than perfect than what we wanted. We decided to head upstream into the headwaters and fish the small water and look for whatever would bite. We both started the day off with Olive Bead Head Wooly Buggers and fishing was a little slow. We both picked up a few fish by high sticking pot holes and current breaks. After a couple of hours, we decided to make way for a little out of the way spot we call the meadows. We figured that the slow water would be the place to look for the BWO hatch and we hit the nail on the head. We both began picking up fish on Parachute BWO patterns fishing them to sporadically rising fish, and just like that the fishing was on. Chris caught 5 and I brought 8 to hand. Not a perfect weahter and water day for fishing, but you know what, it sure beat being at work.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Today Chris Mitchell and I headed north for Pocahontas County. We left Hinton at about 9:00am and the weather looked perfect. Shortly after we reached the stream we thought we were about to be rained out, but being the persistent weather warriors we are, we pushed on and headed upstream. It wasn't too long before we spotted the first patch of ramps so we decided to dig a few. After we dug all the ramps we wanted, we continued upstream and shortly we began catching some brookies. Both Chris and I started off with dry fly patterns and maintained that strategy all day. Most of our fish were caught on a #14 Orange and Chartruese Stimulator and a #16 Cottontail Usual. Chris and I finished the day with over 25 fish brought to hand and countless others that were missed or let off.