Hey there everybody. Its been a week since Ive been but I thought Id share some of the fun I had on the Cranberry river here in WV.
Normally when we go with my parents we have a fairly large cart that we can throw everything on it and haul it in. Many hands make the work light.
But........the wife and I couldn't come till Friday evening so we had to pack everything in on bikes. We camped about 1.5 mi in the lower gate. (For those out there that dont know, the Cranberry Backcountry is gated and restricted to walking, biking, or horses.) On the way in trout were topping the water occasionally which I was hoping was a good sign.
Got to camp that evening and got the tent set up and got my rod set up for the next morning.
When morning came we biked about three miles farther up the river and worked our back down. I couldnt tell any hatch coming off at the time, but I thought Id try something so I tied on a BWO #20. First cast to a little riffle around a boulder brought a fingerling native brookie back to me. As well as my third and sixth. I was really excited at this point.
About an hour later I landed a 14" native brookie. So Beautiful! (sorry no pictures of this guy.) The rest of the day though was pretty uneventful, which I sadly would have to attribute to my skills. Im not very adept at using nymphs.
The next morning we hit it hard and was on the water by daylight. I concentrated on one large pool that I found that was completely polluted with trout. I tried about 15-20 different combinations. I tried nymphs, dries, and droppers of all different sizes. Got a lot of interest but no hits. I tied a size 10 wooly bugger on and had a trout follow it all the way back to me then strike right under a log which he conveniently wrapped himself around and broke my line.
After we got back I went to the little spot directly behind camp and landed another little stocker brookie. Again on a BWO.
Even though the trip wasnt as eventful as Id hoped I had a blast and hope everyone enjoys reading this.
Sorry for the lack of pictures. For some reason I couldn't upload my pics.