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I want to ride and fly fish a week or so in WV. I know someone can offer good suggestions. I'm in a rush to roll out the 1st week of June. Can not camp - too much other gear to deal with. Beautiful state with great roads and eye candy...hopefully fish are jumpin'
Thanks in advance.
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...woopsi...trout is my interest and hopefully suggestions are catch & release spots. Thanks again!馃帲
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AccuEb if you run into any good smallmouth "accidentally", let me know! LOL

I'm also catch and release....
Me! I'm all catch ~n~ eat when I fish!

Ronnie
5/28/23
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What region of West Virginia are you intending to vacation/fish in?
North, Central, Southern etc.?
Do you prefer to fish in rivers/streams or ponds/lakes?
I want to ride and fly fish a week or so in WV. I know someone can offer good suggestions. I'm in a rush to roll out the 1st week of June. Can not camp - too much other gear to deal with. Beautiful state with great roads and eye candy...hopefully fish are jumpin'
Thanks in advance.
My experience is that you better have a license, OR ELSE. Not much money in the State so tourists are prime target$. Just ask anyone who travels the Turnpike.
Might want to look at this site:

Sorry, as I'm on the other side of the country I am unable to offer any destination spots.

But since we are both fly fishers, riding to our destinations, I must ask do you tie your own bugs? If you do, then I can send you a private message with several links on killer trout patterns, one of which has been touted as Trout Crack Candy after it leaves my vise.

Then you can tie up some of these bugs before you head out.

Otherwise, I can send you some free of charge as I tie mainly to keep my ADD / PTSD in check.

Let me know,

- David

and have a good fishing session!
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I'm out for snake heads, damn good eaten fish. About as good as the rockfish we have in the Chesapeake Bay. Good luck and have fun trout fishing.
What region of West Virginia are you intending to vacation/fish in?
North, Central, Southern etc.?
Do you prefer to fish in rivers/streams or ponds/lakes?
Totally open to suggestions. I've toured the state 6-7 times now and enjoyed all of it. Moving water, like rivers, streams, and creeks is my preference. Here in Pa, I've waded into "creeks" that are fast, deep and wide so they are in the query too.
My experience is that you better have a license, OR ELSE. Not much money in the State so tourists are prime target$. Just ask anyone who travels the Turnpike.
Might want to look at this site:

License...absolutely!
Nice link (and sub-links) - thanks.
Sorry, as I'm on the other side of the country I am unable to offer any destination spots.

But since we are both fly fishers, riding to our destinations, I must ask do you tie your own bugs? If you do, then I can send you a private message with several links on killer trout patterns, one of which has been touted as Trout Crack Candy after it leaves my vise.

Then you can tie up some of these bugs before you head out.

Otherwise, I can send you some free of charge as I tie mainly to keep my ADD / PTSD in check.

Let me know,

- David

and have a good fishing session!
Truth be told - I'm 2years new at fly fishing. I always wanted to do it and when I retired from my 24/7 job, I was all-in and lovin' it. Life is riding, grandkids, fly fishing. I'm absolutely killing it this year after a shut-out last year. I'm colorblind and really should broaden my entomology knowledge. My strategy is match size and hue or tone (its like watching black & white TV) and I'm not a fan of bouncing off the bottom, so heavier beaded nymphs are my last choice. The flys simply do not look like the bugs to me. I'm a groupie at the Orvis shop with a field guide in one hand and an eyeball on the fly bins. I have purchased flys because they are works-of-art, like when I was kid collecting coins; just like looking at them.
I joined a club (Main Line Fly Tyers) and try to soak up and benefit from what they offer.
I fish with my riding buddy. He's on a BMW but otherwise a good guy (only kidding - his RT is sweet).
I'm not sure how to PM and not sure I'm permitted to leave you my email...but yeah, send links, I'd love to look at (and buy) your flys. Advice is always welcomed too. Sincerely!
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I'm not sure how to PM and not sure I'm permitted to leave you my email...but yeah, send links, I'd love to look at (and buy) your flys. Advice is always welcomed too. Sincerely!
In the upper right hand corner of this website, look for you avatar image. Click on that pic and a window pops up below it.

Scroll down to "Conversations" and click that link. You can then read or start new conversations with ease, kinda like using a normal email. Just type in the name of the person you want to contact, just remember to use their online name or identifier.

When a new conversation arrives, a red dot appears in the corner of that avatar, again upper right hand corner of the webpage.

Look for a red dot in the next several minutes, I'll be sharing some good stuff with ya. Oh yeah, I never sell my flies, but always glad to share with no obligation as it helps my PTSD.

- David
Some good rivers are: Cherry River in Richwood area, Williams River, anywhere along the Greenbrier, Shaver's Fork, North Fork South Branch Potomac, and South Branch Potomac. A great catch and release stream is the Cranberry. Many, many rivers to choose from.
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The Webster Springs area has a terrific place on the Elk River -> ELK SPRINGS RESORT & FLY SHOP

Also, the Route 28 corridor is good riding near Seneca Rocks. Lots of places to stay. Good Fishing too.

Hope you rip some lips!
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