After our big breakfast, getting bundled up, and somehow managing to get into our waders with the extra bulk from breakfast and all the layers, we started fishing the Cassleman River delayed harvest area. For me it started off slow, but I finally found a pod of rainbows willing to take a very slowly presented wooly bugger. I ended up catching about 10 standard sized rainbows before my toes got numb, and I walked back to the car to warm up. Chad caught a few fish, but didn't luck into a pod of fish like I was able to find.
|First of the year - even if a little guy.|
We decided we would then warm up in the car and head to the Savage River trophy trout area below Savage Reservoir. The water here, like Cassleman, was low, clear, and cold. There was a nice hatch of winter stoneflies happening here, but neither of us noticed any feeding trout, and even deep nymphing stonefly patterns proved unproductive. I came across a deep pool and decided to dredge a large olive woolybugger as deep as I could in hopes of enticing the wild browns that inhabit Lower Savage. On my third or fourth cast, I felt a thump and set the hook. The cold water temps made it easier than normal to land this average, but healthy brown trout.
|13" Wild Savage brown trout|
|One of my largest Savage River brown trout.|
|Saturday morning was cold, crisp and cloudless|
We fished Shaver's Fork in Bowden some during the day Saturday with limited success (I caught 2, Chad caught 3). We culminated our trip with a feast at CJ Maggies in Elkins that evening at the annual WVAngler.com dinner. The food was great, and although there were tons of door prizes, neither Chad or I was lucky enough to snag one. Oh well. It was a great trip, and was fun to get outside and catch a few fish!