We recently spent a week near the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River In West Virginia fly fishing for rainbow, brown, and golden trout. We caught plenty of sunfish and had great luck catching trout with a small white dry flies in the shallow waters of the river.
Cranberry River - Enjoy excellent West Virginia fly fishing at the junction of the North and South Forks of this river. Access the area from the Cranberry Glades parking area of the Monongahela Forest off Route 76.
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Just about the first thing any serious fisherman will want to know is where is West Virginia fly fishing the best. Good thing is, there are several streams officially designated for fly fishing only although some spots are seasonal. All of them limit the angler to conventional fly tackle only and all of them require the catch to be returned immediately to the water.
Elk River Weekend Fly Fishing School
An excellent option for the beginning angler who is very serious about increasing their skill level.
Arrive Friday mid-day or early evening. If you arrive mid or early afternoon, you have the option of fishing that afternoon. Otherwise, this "free" time can be spent on Sunday before your departure.
After reviewing your skills, you will check your equipment and then begin casting and working one on one with your guide/instructor. Casting techniques covered include: roll cast, roll cast pickup, pick up and lay down, false casting and shooting line. We will then move toward the stream and discuss reading the water and how it affects your fly line. As the evening hatch begins, we'll observe before casting to rising fish. After a great afternoon on the river, a relaxing meal in the dining room awaits you. Saturday's plans will be discussed over dinner.
Saturday starts with coffee on the deck overlooking the Elk River headwaters and the rolling Pleasant Valley. The day begins with a how-to on reading water, current and fish approach options. As we fish the river, the focus will be on sight casting, nymphs near the bottom and making wading techniques safe and efficient. The afternoon will be spent identifying basic stream and river insects. As the late afternoon hatch begins, you'll be ready for action.
The day will end with dinner at the pub in the restaurant followed by a well deserved night of sleep.
Rise on Sunday, eat a hearty breakfast and then we depart again for the river. You will receive more guided fishing and instruction until your departure mid-day. This package can be modified due to your arrival, diet or travel plans. We are flexible and want your West Virginia Fly Fishing trip to be the very best.