Onto the topic I want to write about....Fall. It is certainly my favorite season of the year. Fall in Mountaineer territory is a gorgeous site with mountains ablaze with the red, orange, and yellow of the changing leaves.
|A view of the fall colors on upper Shaver's Fork in WV|
Along with the change of weather comes many other welcome changes for me. The approaching cooler weather means the bucks are shedding their velvet and will soon be chasing does, and I will be perched waiting for one to venture close enough to make a shot with my bow and arrow. I definitely enjoy the pursuit of game, and the ability to put some healthy wild venison in the freezer.
|A young buck feeding below me last season|
Fishing can also be phenomenal in fall as fish feed heavily to fatten themselves up for the winter months when food is scarce and water temperatures are too cold for much activity. The brook trout and brown trout that inhabit our mountainous coldwater streams are fall spawners and catching these fish during this time of year can reward an angler with a very colorful catch. The spawning coloration of both brown and brook trout can be so vivid to almost look painted. See the examples below. Neither of these pictures are "doctored" at all!
|Wild WV brown trout in spawning colors|
|Brook trout coloration can be even more vivid than this during the spawning season|
Lastly, the approach of fall signals to me the start of football season. I can't have a blog named "Mountaineer Chronicles" and not mention football! I'm a two-time WVU graduate, and love my Mountaineers. They kicked off the season this past Saturday with a runaway win versus Marshall in the last game the two teams have scheduled. The NFL kicked off last night as well, although I wasn't as excited about the results of that game (Cowboys won - yuck!). Its exciting that football season is back with both college and NFL rolling now.
In summary here is what fall brings to the table, all of which are highly desirable, at least in my opinion.
- Cool, crisp temps
- Low humidity
- Changing leaves
- Hunting season
- Great fishing