From member Fred W Fox: I was in Southwest Virginia for the annual Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture meeting. After discussions about climate change effects, genetic diversity, etc., I felt compelled to do my own trout survey. Checked with Tangent Outfitters in Pembroke on Rt. 460, right at the mouth of Little Stony Creek and talked to their guide, Steve. Steve says he had a 100-fish day on Monday 10/25 just before a cold front came through and he set me up with a couple of patterns he said were working.
Little Stony Creek is in the Jefferson National Forest and has a well-known waterfall, the “Cascades.” I fished on Oct. 27 with Tom Allen, president of the Mad River (Ohio) chapter. The stream has a beautiful profile and there was plenty of flow. I landed 7 or 8 rainbows in about 2.5 hours of fishing; they appeared to be mostly wild fish with beautiful color. Returned the next day about 5 pools above where I left off, and landed another 5 brookies and rainbows, in 2 hours. I highly recommend this stream and it was good to find a trout stream with near-normal flow after our terrible drought.
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