I haven't seen some of these friends/members since I left home in November and I was really looking forward to catching up.
I also received a call a couple of weeks earlier with an invite to revisit the Seneca Backcountry with a friend who hiked in with me last year. The previous adventure took a year to coordinate, this trip took less than five minutes.
I was to meet him at the trailhead at 6:30 AM, which meant (following a drive home from Cincinnati) I had to leave Parkersburg before 3:30 AM. When I get psyched for a trip like this, I never have a problem getting up and driving that early.
Following a nice hike up and over Allegheny Mountain, we found that the rains from earlier in the week had good flows everywhere.
I typically go small on this stream. My favorite set up is a 16 EHC with an 18 BHPT dropper, but with the flows I couldn't get the fish to rise to the small dry and the small nymph wasn't getting down. I did manage a few with this setup, but not what it should be.
From the trailhead it was up & over Spruce Knob and on to the next destination of the weekend; the 4H camp at Thornwood and the Blennerhassett chapter campout. It was great to be back with the gang - it doesn't get any better than sitting around the campfire with friends.
On the hike out, I ran across this guy in the trail. He posed very nicely on the bamboo.
Once on the water, I found it was also ripping (but again not off-color) from the recent rains. I walked downstream a very short distance and fished my way back to the bridge where I had parked.
I headed to a small trib on the top of Cheat Mountain with another good friend, whom I typically am lucky to fish with only once a year.
This is another new stream for me and another stream, which contains both brookies and browns.