I headed back to the same trailhead I was parked at before, only this time I was headed upstream on the larger stream that the first stream I fished emptied into. I walked up the very worn trail for about 10 minutes for going over the bank and getting into the stream. I was immediately impressed with the temperature of the water despite the absence of the tree canopy. I was also thinking the whole time I fished both of the streams that they resembled so much of a western stream in Wyoming or Montana or somewhere like that. All this led me to the conclusion that this is no doubt one of the top 10 places in WV or atleast in my book. The fishing was slower than it had been earlier in the day, or atleast the catching was. I had missed several fish but just failed to hook up with them. I did manage to bring 3 to hand but it didnt matter at a place like this. As I continued upstream 2 things stopped me from going as far as I really wanted to. 1. A serious looking thunderstorm was brewing on the mountain this stream started on, and 2. Time was against me as I needed to start making my way back to the truck so I could drive back to Elkins to meet Bubba at our pre arranged meeting time. I will be back to this stream and hopefully soon.
After meeting Bubba, we headed over Cheat Mountain and headed south of Bartow for Green Bank to the camp. Bubba and stayed up way too late as we were catching up, shootin' the bull and just plain BS'in. Fast forward to 8am later that morning. Going to bed at almost 3 AM ... not such a good
idea as it took a while to get motivated. After getting a quick breakfast and taking care of a few of the camp chores Bubba and I were off to a stream that I hadn't fished in 3 years. This stream is a major tributary of a tributary of the Greenbrier River. Its also a 2 minute drive from his camp. We stopped off a the last bridge that crosses the stream before heading into the headwaters and we were amazed at seeing well over 100 trout under the bridge. Some of the Brookies were HURGAN DURGANS over 12''. Seeing those fish gave us all the inspiration we needed. After parking the Jeep we hiked up the trail for 30 minutes before we started fishing. Bubba was the first of us to hook up and it was a nice one too. Taking turns fishing each hole, we consistently hooked and caught over 25 Brookies apiece. We also fished further upstream than either he or I had ever been before. We fished to within a mile of the start of this stream. We'll save that other mile for the next trip. Around 6pm, we made it back to the Jeep for a quick trip back to a section of stream that gets put and take rainbows but also has some wild trout as well. Bubba and I fished here until almost dark catching a brown apiece and a stocker rainbow apiece for the grill. Grilled T-Bones and Trout was on the menu for dinner that night at camp.
Its very rare that I get to fish for 3 consecutive days and these 3 days were hands down the best trout fishing I have done this year. I had an excellent time both fishing and and I enjoyed some great company and got to see Bubba's camp.