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Old 07-18-2013, 08:41 AM
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Mostly tiny midge flies, but the standard (Black Wooly) always works too.

BTW, Elk Springs Resort.
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Lot of rain there this summer. You fish by yourself or did you use a guide? I caught my biggest rainbow there last November. It is my yearly fishing stop when visiting family.
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Lot of rain there this summer. You fish by yourself or did you use a guide? I caught my biggest rainbow there last November. It is my yearly fishing stop when visiting family.
I'd never visited there at Elk Springs before, but fished by myself (no guide) and enjoyed it a great deal. I met another guy there fishing alone, and we had fun. You don't need a guide there if you have basic knowledge of fishing the Appalachians. I'm sure the guides could help with flies to use, but it's obvious where to find the trout below the resort.

No problem with the rain there; river level was normal. They told me the rain seemed to miss them, whereas Charlottesville, VA (where I stayed with friends) had gotten half a foot of rain during the past month.

BTW, you can take a kid. Kids can fish the stock ponds for a fee (see photo below):

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I used a guide once for my nephew, he has never fly fished. He had fun and got a lot of fish. Nice river and scenery.
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I used a guide once for my nephew, he has never fly fished. He had fun and got a lot of fish. Nice river and scenery.
Yes, it's a fun place for beginners too.
Very nice scenery, and no crowding. I was one of only about a dozen guests this week, but I'm sure it's crowded during June.
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Sulphurs are the big hatch in May , they call it the red fog. I took my nephew in June 2010
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Sulphurs are the big hatch in May , they call it the red fog. I took my nephew in June 2010
Yeah, I heard the hatch was so thick this year that it was difficult to catch any fish. Guess they were too busy with the real sulphurs to notice anything else. Wish I could have been there then!
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Ive seen pictures and video, pretty amazing. We did get in on a spinner fall when I took my nephew. Wasnt a big one but pretty amazing seeing the fish rising evrywhere. Nephew got an 18" rainbow from mill pool by the shop.
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Ive seen pictures and video, pretty amazing. We did get in on a spinner fall when I took my nephew. Wasnt a big one but pretty amazing seeing the fish rising evrywhere. Nephew got an 18" rainbow from mill pool by the shop.
Here's a pic of the hatch at Elk Springs:

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I usually go thanksgiving week. Last year was good. Year before, too cold from early snow melt. 2010 was good, had my son in law. I hope the weather cooperates. I sure hate going back to visit family and miss fishing there because of weather.
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