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twospots 01-14-2013 12:06 PM

Where would YOU go??
Taking my buddy on his first ever fly fishing trip. Unfortunately, it is at the end of March (He's a teacher so its spring break) so it causes a few issues with camping. (wanted to camp as he has never really camped either. This is an unplanned planned trip.We have been best friends since early 20's (just turned 42) and I have been trying to get him to fly fish for most of that time. he finally decided to give it a try.

Bought him a fly rod for xmas... We have fished smallies local for years and LM from a boat a few times but I could never get him to try fly fishing. So now that he decided to try it- I wanna give him a fun, exciting, yet somewhat uneasy adventure. he is out of his element if he is not vacationing in a hotel with room service, so I really wanted to camp (not telling him)... Seems rude from an outside standpoint, but you gotta know the guy... All I promised him was that there would be no strippers! (otherwise his wife would not let him go) So....

What I wanted to do is get in the car, head to I-75 near Cincinnati (starting point) and flip a coin. Heads North and tails South... Don't tell him I actually have plans for either direction, and sort of accidentally end up near a fantastic trout stream.
So what I came up with so far is:

North- Slate Run in PA.

South- Doe Run in TN and Whitetop Laurel in VA.

So what I'm asking is for some help deciding where to go at the end of March within a day's drive of Cincinnati Ohio. I would really like to take him to a mountain trout stream, anywhere from VA, TN, NC, GA... that holds some decent size trout with a lot of smaller trout so he can at least catch a few without too much trouble, and have a good chance at something bigger.
But if the coin points North - I have been to MI and I know the regs there get confusing, but I could deal with that... PA seemed like a natural choice... I think I'm hoping the coin ends up south (or I fake it) - Just cause the weather might not be too bad in March... Anyway - If anyone has any good ideas to help me plan this trip I'd much appreciate it

wt bash 01-14-2013 12:17 PM

Re: Where would YOU go??
If you head South I'd get a topo map and fish Shenandoah N.P. bluelines, if you head North into Pa I'd do the same. Just keep a sharp eye to the weather.

mcnerney 01-14-2013 12:39 PM

Re: Where would YOU go??
I'd take him to the White River, it would be a trip of the lifetime, but looking at the map it is around 700 miles so that would be a long haul from Cincinnati. The plus side is that you would be on some world famous trout water. You have some time you might checkout what the air fares are running. If it is in the budget, you then wouldn't have such a worry on the enroute wx. Checkout this shop:
Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher

knyberg 01-14-2013 02:11 PM

Re: Where would YOU go??
March is prime time steelhead fishing in Western Michigan. You will need a guide but landing 8 to 10 steelhead a day in the 8-14lb range is a complete fly fishing rush. There ton's of guides on the Pere Marquette and other rivers. Not to mention Steel Ally between Cleveland and Erie PA.

twospots 01-15-2013 08:01 AM

Re: Where would YOU go??
Found out it is actually the first week in April, not last week in March if that matters. Steelhead ally is an attractive plan just cause it is so close by. But are they still there that late in the year? All they guys I know go Nov to Feb... And yet again I was kinda hoping for a mountain stream... But I'm not stubborn.
Unfortunately White River is just a tad far for this trip... But only by a hair...

Shenandoah is def a possability...
Thanks guys and keep them coming...

shotgunfly 01-15-2013 08:50 AM

Re: Where would YOU go??
I'll second the votes for Virginia and mountain streams. Check out :

Mossy Creek Fly Shop Virginia's Public Fly Fishing Waters in Harrisonburg

Albemarle Angler Albemarle Angler: Fly Fishing in Virginia, Guided Fishing Trips, Orvis & Barbour Clothing in Charlottesville

Don't pass up Harry Murray...known for the Mr. Rapidan fly and fishing that water extensively...
Murray's Fly Shop Fly Fishing

All shops will point you to some great mountain stream fishing (public and private). Dry River (public) west of Hburg is only 15 minutes and is noted by USGS as one of the most densely populated wild brook trout streams in the Mid-Atlantic.

And if you get tired of chasing them you can always book a day ($70/angler) on Smith Creek Suzie Q Farm, which has 18-22" rainbows and browns. They will close the mile long stretch for the two of you. Can be fished without a guide. I take all of my newbie friends here, so does the shop I believe. Mossy Creek Fly Shop is the one to go to for this.

Albemarle Angler can put you on the Cowpasture (Big Bend Farm) for $90/angler a day. It's about 45-1hr southwest of hburg. You can rent an old cabin there midweek for $275 a night. You can fish without a guide and without staying in the cabin).

There is also (if you want to go luxury) Rose River Farm which is $100/day and beautiful cabins for $250 a night. Virginia Fly Fishing, Madison County Trout | Rose River Farm | Syria, VA This one books up fast.

Bonus, there is ample camping in the SNP and GW National forest.
Stocking starts in October and runs through June.
Check the VGDIF website for more water information, maps and stocking increase your chances...
Trout Fishing Guide

Good luck!

jaybo41 01-15-2013 03:45 PM

Re: Where would YOU go??
I'd probably not opt for anything in PA since Trout season closes at the end of Feb and doesn't open until "Opening Day" on the majority of the trout streams. There are options open like the Special Regs areas and Brook Trout Enhancement areas but you're cutting out a lot of possibilities by going at that time.

wt bash 01-15-2013 04:23 PM

Re: Where would YOU go??
Oooh I forgot all about that in Pa!

ghocevar 01-15-2013 04:55 PM

if you head north swing by and pick me and wt bash up! Slate run, cedar run, penns creek, spring creek are all open to fish year round.

wt bash 01-15-2013 06:36 PM

Re: Where would YOU go??
Forgot about those and Falling Springs C&R, The Ditch, and few others down that way. I'll split the gas!:D

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