Established January 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Campin' and Fishin' with the Guys

Just got back home from a camping trip that has sort of become a tradition for some of the men in my family. Spent the past 3 days with my Dad, Uncle Ron, cousins Ronny, Jacob, Nathan, Michael, and Chris. Needless to say it was time well spent away from work, phones, problems and just everyday life.

Day 1
Spent the morning and afternoon hiking upstream into the wilderness area of where we had our tent set up. Chirs and I picked up a few brookies and wild browns in this stream, but neither of us landed anything really big. Suprisingly we found a few ramps that were as big as tulip bulbs. Who would have thought ramps on Memorial Day.
Later that afternoon we headed down to a beautiful bug factory of a river to catch a sulphur spinner fall. The action wasn't as hot as I had hoped for, however, I wont complain. Chris and I fished until almost 9:30pm and Chris brought 4 rainbows to hand while I brought 6 Rainbows and 1 Brown to hand.

Day 2
We awoke to some kinda iffy weather with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast. We headed for a tributary stream of a great wild rainbow stream. We only spent a short amount of time on this stream but we did manage to bring a total of 8 fish to hand. All brook trout.
After leaving the first stream, we headed to the headwaters of a major tributary of the Potomac Watershed. With it raining hard we pressed on. Picking up fish here and there even with the rain, We found ourselves on a dandy of a trout stream. Chris brought 4 to hand, and I ended the day with 6 to hand, with one brook trout topping out the tape measure at almost 12 inches.
Day 3
Today was the day to break camp and head back to our everyday lives. After packing up at camp, Chris and I headed north to Tucker County in search of plunge pools and large brook trout. Weather indeed was in our favor today, and that made for some great fishing. Plunge pool after plunge pool, tanin stained water and beautiful Brook Trout was today's results. Chris and I ended the day with 17 total brook trout, several nearing the 10inch mark.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Forest

Today Andrea and I discussed it would be a good day to take Brandon out to somewhere he could run wild, yell, laugh and have a good day. Brandon is always wanting to know where the forest is. Its as if he thinks it is a magical place so I thought of no better place to take him than the Savage State Forest in Garret County, Maryland. We packed the cooler and headed east. After a nice lunch, Brandon started riding his bike and we headed up the Monroe Run trail head. We took our time today looking at flowers, bugs, and catching a few little Brook Trout. Enjoy the pictures from todays outing.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Beyond The Rainbow

Today I decided to go do some small stream fishing and look for some wild Rainbow Trout. To do this, I decided Pendleton County was going to be the destination of choice. I arrived in the Seneca Rocks area at about 2pm planning on fishing until dark. I first began on a small tributary of a tributary of the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac. This particular drainage was a hot bed of a plethora of insect life, running through a very rich limestone bed, just teaming with wild rainbows and brook trout. Shortly after I had begun, I began picking up a few fish. I had landed 3 rainbows and 1 brook trout on the first stream. Having to choose my time wisely, I pressed on. I arrived tributary #2 to find the much of the same setting as the first stream. Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddis, and Midges were coming off everywhere. I began fishing my way up the narrow stream. Quickly I began bringing fish to hand. I had caught 3 rainbows and 3 more brook trout. Now, on my way to tributary #3. I took a lunch break when I got to this stream, and only decided to fish a couple of spots on the this creek. I caught a very nice rainbow for this stream, it was about 11''. I had to leave this creek so that I could go meet Grant. Grant and I had decided to meet at 6pm so we could do some evening fishing. We headed over to the N. Fork of the S. Branch Potomac so that I could catch a fallfish. I tied on a #8 BH Slumpbuster and after a few casts, I caught a very nice 15'' rainbow. Quickly after, I was hooked up into my first and only 2 fallfish, followed by a smallmouth thrown into the mix. Grant and I headed back upstream into the drainage I had been fishing all afternoon. Grant was broke off by something he said was about 16 or 17''. Not too long after that he hooked and caught a WV bonefish (sucker) and several nice rainbows and a couple of brookies. I brought another 4 rainbows and 1 brook to hand to finish up the night.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Brown Town

Today Andrea and I headed to Pocahontas County for the headwaters of a very well known river. We started downstream at about noon. After about a 40 minute hike, we started fishing. Andrea was using a panther martin and a rapala husky jerk and I was throwing the big streamers on my 7 weight. The day started out slow, but soon I moved a large 20'' plus brown on a double bunny. Not expecting it, I got excited and jerked it right out of its mouth. Shortly after, Andrea brought a brown to hand that was about 12''. She caught it on a husky jerk. Fishing was slow for a while after that and we decided to have a streamside lunch. After I finished my lunch, I decided to pick up her spin rod and throw the panther martin a time or two. First cast resulted in a brown that measured 18 and 3/4''. After releasing this trophy we headed back to the truck to call it a day.