Last fish of the year:
My fishing year started on an unseasonably warm day in March with a good friend of mine (Chad). It was my first brook trout of the year on a dry fly and first wet wading day of the year. I caught brook trout out of four streams on this day, three of which were new to me.
Probably the best fly fishing month of the year, May was a busy month. It started out camping with a co-worker (Joe) whom is still learning the art of fly fishing and doing quite well. I taught him how to fish a dry/dropper rig this weekend and we caught brook trout in two different streams.
I caught brook trout in six different streams this weekend. As sometimes happens when exploring new water, I caught wild bows and wild browns in two other streams respectively.
The final trip of June was the annual Middle Fork of the Williams limestone fines bucket brigade, which was attended by over fifty volunteers.
July started off with a bang when Chad and I hit the streams for a couple of days. The first day was probably the best day on the water the entire year - both numbers and size.
As normally happens in July, the drought set in and I did more hiking than fishing. I took this opportunity to show a co-worker (Henry from Utah) around our great state. We hiked both the Dolly Sods Wilderness and the Seneca Backcountry, where we hooked up with fishing friend and bamboo rodmaker (Phil). I was able to land one of the extremely spooky rainbows from the Seneca Backcountry.
The rhododendron was in full bloom and the falls of the Sods still had water.
Things really started to slow down in August. The only outing in August was a whirlwind road trip across West Virginia with my son. We camped and hiked in Dolly Sods. We caught brook trout and smallmouth in the Romney area - where Ross also saw his first black bear.
The fishing was slow in September as well, as water levels continued to be low. I made a day trip with Phil and I was able to scrounge brook trout from two more new streams.
The second trip in September involved a hike to Chimney Rocks on North Fork Mountain with Phil and brook trout in two more new streams.