WEST VIRGINIA

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Good People - Good Water - Good Fish

I attacked two streams in West Virginia through foggy roads and rain.  The first was Trout Run just down the mountain from Wolf Gap Recreation Area (38.92433, -78.68902). Unfortunately, I had no cell coverage, so I could not use the spots I mapped out, which didn't matter as it had been raining heavily for 3-4 days, and the stream was milk chocolate in color. However, I did pull off the slide of the road for 15-minutes to say I fished it. (38.99277, -78.6565)

I traveled to the North Fork of the South Branch Potomac River, WV on Junkers Lane (38.983, -79.22666) to see if I could find better water.  Parking at Junkers Lane was different. "Fishermen Welcome, but you need to park on the main road," a sign said. The main road is a 1/4 mile away.  No biggy, but still different. The river looked like a prime spot, and the rain had not affected the flow.  The river water has some of the best colors of green and blues you can imagine due to various rock and formations.  The river was wide, but maybe that was due to the rain.  Where I was fishing, the river narrowed and was deep.  I saw one great spot after another, but nothing will take my Yellow Stimulator and Green Copper John.

After a couple of hours, I drove upstream to a bridge, looked down, and saw a couple of trout where the stream was vast.  It was time to move to my prime river selection Deckers Creek. (39.56546, -79.82289).  When I arrived after driving all day, I already struck out in Maryland, but I was still excited about this small stream. Unfortunately,  three days of thunderstorms took their toll on little Deckers Creek was like the Mississippi River.

I had no energy left, so I left a day early to go home to Chicago, knowing the water would not recede for a couple of days.   I bought Ice Cream from a small shop and began to drive.

Veteran of the Pond

Veteran of the Pond

Arrival at the Pond

Large Rainbow

Large Rainbow

Large Rainbow

Veteran on the Pond's Handmade Flies!

Another Great Fisherman I met!

Pond

Pond

Pond

Road to the Pond