Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat
I also plan to take another day out of the trip to add another 14er to my list - how about four more. I found a loop, in the bristlecone pine area Phil and I visited earlier this year, that catches FOUR 14er peaks:
From the tree planting it was down over the east side of Spruce Knob to the Mountain Institute. I have been past this complex a few times, but never on it. What an incredible place!
We held our meeting in a Mongolian style yurt. It was a very unique structure with a great view of a high meadow. I believe I could get used to that place in a very short time.
Following this meeting, it was down off the mountain with a destination of Marlinton. The dinner was nice and the meeting was very educational but the lack of information the WV DEP has on this new technique concerns me. It concerns me because they continue to grant permits.
I finally made it home about 2:00 AM - a 20-hour day! I didn't take many photos but I did meet some new folks and I am beginning to start the networking needed for my new position of chairman of the WV Council of Trout Unlimited.
A few members of the crew scouting out the next location:
This converted railroad (the remnants of the early 20th century logging industry) has several old bridges along its length. Below are a couple of the bridges we encountered during the stocking:
After nearly three hours on the bucket brigade, including one close call by yours truly, we wrapped up the stocking at one last good looking spot.
These are a few of the little guys in their new home:
After a quick lunch at the trail head, it was the decision of where to go next. I had originally planned to explore some new water, so I pulled out the gazetteer and picked a new brookie stream I recently was made aware of.
A short half-hour car ride and I was at the destination. I wasn't sure if the fall spawn had finished up, so I left my rod in the car and opted for the camera instead.
This nice looking hole yielded a decent brookie to one of my young friends:
With the extremely low water and the leaf litter it was difficult to locate many brookies. I saw two and the attempt to capture them on photo went unsuccessful. I'll add this stream to my list and revisit during normal flows.From here, it was back to the hard top and an hour drive to a familiar stream where I had multiple reports of brook trout in the 14" to 16" class.
One of these guys was in the 10" range:
Average fish or this stream (~ 6" - 8")
I caught this beauty in the first hole:
The water was flowing better than I expected, considering the lack of rain and the flow at the previous stream. I decided to push on up stream, fishing through the leaves made for quite a challenge. If you could get the fly to the water, chances were pretty good you would pick up something.
I caught several in the 3" to 4" class, saw some that would have been pushing 12", but did not see the big boys I was hoping to.
I think this guy was part snake:
It started getting darker between the steep slopes that hold this stream, so I decided to call it a day.
When I arrived back to the car, I ran into this group of students from WVU. They were doing an electro-shocking survey.
The setting sun was hitting Seneca Rocks just right - almost like a stage light:Once back at the cabin, it was a great evening with good friends. While it got below 30 degrees outside, the upper bunk in the cabin had to have been over 90 degrees. WHEW!
The next morning before I left, I got up to check out the stream that runs through the camp. I found this little rainbow that was out of place in this trickle of a brookie stream.