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Carolina Boy
11-13-2008, 04:40 PM
I was wonderring if any of yall have fished on the Elk river in WVA? I was looking at maybe staying at the Elk Springs Lodge, they have some trophy water, a flyshop, a lodge and a couple cabins. Just wondering if it is worth the trip. they say the river runs underground and picks up limestone so you can match the hatch all year long? Thanks for any feedback!
Carolina Boy

cardfly
11-13-2008, 09:51 PM
Wow,

From the web site it looks really good. I hope someone out there has some info...

milligan trout degree
11-14-2008, 12:23 AM
I think there's an article in the latest Eastern Fly Fishing magazine. Might want to check it out.

Carolina Boy
11-14-2008, 09:02 AM
Yea I read the article in Eastern Fly Fishing, I base a lot of my trips out of that mag. I was just curious if anybody had been up there? Thanks

Worrgamesguy
11-14-2008, 05:10 PM
I haven't been to the Elk, but almost every year my grandpa, dad, brother and I fish the Cranberry River in the WV backcountry. It is KILLER fishing, and seems a lot like the Smokies would be (never been fishing there). It is the only place east of the Rockies that is home to golden rainbow trout, and has quite a few large fish in there being a mountain stream. I've never fly fished it, I just started fly fishing 4 months or so ago. But my dad has brough a few rainbows out of there over 20". I catch mainly brookies and smaller rainbows, but my uncle (when he goes) catches mostly browns and goldens.

If you're interested in the Cranberry, it's about 2 hours outside of Charleston.

Carolina Boy
11-14-2008, 05:40 PM
Thats cool I have heard of the Cranberry, I would like to fish it. Many only four months into it! Great, you should fishin ni the Smokies it will deffinetly sharpend your skills. I learned to fish up there before tailwaters and all. It can be frustrating at first but, at least for me, after a while a switch will go off and you'll get it. Took me a year to get where I really knew what was going on, but it is fun to try and figure the game out. Stay low and out of the water as much as possible and where drab colors, cast and move too. two falls ago, prior to the drout, I caught 2 20+ inch browns, biggest fish for me in the park. Sweet male brown with the hinge jaw! Where do you live, in WV??

Worrgamesguy
11-14-2008, 09:47 PM
Thats cool I have heard of the Cranberry, I would like to fish it. Many only four months into it! Great, you should fishin ni the Smokies it will deffinetly sharpend your skills. I learned to fish up there before tailwaters and all. It can be frustrating at first but, at least for me, after a while a switch will go off and you'll get it. Took me a year to get where I really knew what was going on, but it is fun to try and figure the game out. Stay low and out of the water as much as possible and where drab colors, cast and move too. two falls ago, prior to the drout, I caught 2 20+ inch browns, biggest fish for me in the park. Sweet male brown with the hinge jaw! Where do you live, in WV??

The Cranberry is absolutely beautiful. It puts any picture I've seen from the Smokies to shame. The wildlife there is unreal, there is an endangered species of salamander/newt that lives in that county that I caught 10 of in one day! I was like "No way..."

But, I can't wait to get back up there to try fly fishing. The water there is much deeper and faster than what I've seen in the GSMNP, so there is little to no activity on the surface. I've tried researching what flies work up there, but I forgot that some high percentage of West Virginians still do not have internet.

I live in the almost dead center of Tennessee, I live in Smyrna. It's 15 minutes north of Murfreesboro, and 30 minutes south of Nashville if you drive the speed limit (about 20 for me). My grandpa and dad are both from West Virginia, my dad moved away when he went to college, never went back. My grandpa, however, still lives in West Virginia. He lives in Belle, it's about 15 minutes outside of Charleston.

This is my brother, dad, and I on the Cranberry:
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1252.jpg

My brother with a nice rainbow:
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1176.jpg

He moved from that hole, and I followed... I caught 3 more out of that hole. Excuse the spin rods!
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1178.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1181.jpg

My dad with a golden:
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1202.jpg

Tiny tiger trout:
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1207.jpg

Cranberry:
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1235.jpg

My brother with a nice brookie:
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1246.jpg

cardfly
11-14-2008, 10:47 PM
Great pics, Trey.

Are there any campgrounds around the Cranberry and where would they be???

Worrgamesguy
11-15-2008, 01:10 AM
Great pics, Trey.

Are there any campgrounds around the Cranberry and where would they be???

They have the upper and lower campground. The Cranberry has a trail that I believe is an 18 mile trail between the upper and lower, the river bends and twists on and off the trail. What we usually do is fish Summit lake when we first get there (at the upper campground), make camp at the upper, at daybreak pack up and fish our way down. There are many campsites along the trail, and even some "houses" (3 walled pavillions), but they're usually taken. It's a good 2 day trip out between fishing and biking out to the lower campground. It can definitely take longer if wanted!

The lower campground is where we stay sometimes, and ride about 7 miles to what they call "Dogway Bridge." It's a concrete bridge that seperates the river- above Dogway is Catch and Release only, and under is normal fishing. It is definitely a must fish before you can't type deal. It is a supreme fishery :biggrin:

buckeyetrouter
11-15-2008, 10:02 AM
you may want to check out this website....many pics and stories with pics of hogs caught on the elk and many other WV streams.....

click on "message board" then "fishing reports & strories"and pic your poison....
www.wvangler.com (http://www.wvangler.com)


God Bless & Good Fishing
Bob

cardfly
11-16-2008, 12:45 AM
Went to Borders Books tonight and asked the guy working there were the section on fly fishing was. He turned out to be a fly fisherman and had stayed at Elk Springs Lodge and said it was great. He was planning a trip to the Cranberry and had heard great things about it as well.

Looks like there is a trip to the Elk in my and Cardfly Jrs future.

Worrgamesguy
11-16-2008, 10:38 PM
you may want to check out this website....many pics and stories with pics of hogs caught on the elk and many other WV streams.....

click on "message board" then "fishing reports & strories"and pic your poison....
www.wvangler.com (http://www.wvangler.com)


God Bless & Good Fishing
Bob

Thanks for that link Bob, could help me out! Every time I see your location, I mean to ask, where is Lima? I've got an aunt that works at Scotts, in Columbus I think?

Went to Borders Books tonight and asked the guy working there were the section on fly fishing was. He turned out to be a fly fisherman and had stayed at Elk Springs Lodge and said it was great. He was planning a trip to the Cranberry and had heard great things about it as well.

Looks like there is a trip to the Elk in my and Cardfly Jrs future.

Get on YouTube when you can. Search "west virginia fly fishing" and eat your heart out :biggrin:

There is one video that you get if you search "west virginia monster brown" and I believe is on the Elk.

buckeyetrouter
11-17-2008, 12:13 AM
LIma is on I75, 1/2 way between Toledo and Dayton........I go by the Scotts Corp office everytime I go to my Nelsonville Ohio location....

Grousegunner
11-18-2008, 11:28 PM
I've fished the Elk River twice. The first time I actually stayed at the Elk Springs Lodge. It is a very nice place to stay and fish. The mighty Elk rises from limestone caverns (where it flows underground for a brief distance) just above the resort. As a result, the water temperature stays relatively constant year-round, providing great fishing. There is a private spring creek that runs through the property and they keep it full of 20"+ fish. There are plenty of rainbows in there that are in the 24" range. The river itself is beautiful, but challenging. It is common to fish with 7X, 8X and even 9X tippet, with flies ranging down to a size 32. There is a full time guide at the lodge who knows the area pretty well. Also, they have a huge selection of flies, so you'll be able to find whatever you need once you get there.

If you want to find out a little bit more about fishing the Elk, check out www.wvangler.com (http://www.wvangler.com). There are lots of dedicated fly-fishermen that visit that forum. Also, there was a recent video on youtube that featured a trip to the Elk Springs Resort. I think it was produced by "Bent Rod Media". You can search for it on youtube and wvangler.

A few miles above the lodge you will find the Slaty Fork of the Elk River (the portion that eventually sinks underground before rising again at Elk Springs). This is a stretch of the river that contains only wild fish. I have only fished it a few times, and it is definitely the most difficult fishing I have ever experienced. However, it is one of the most beautiful, secluded stretches of water you will ever find.

If you stay at the Elk Springs Resort, you will only be about 30 minutes away from Snowshoe Mountain. I highly suggest that you drive up to visit this mountain-top village (if you've never been there). There are lots of good restaurants and excellent views of the surrounding landscape.

This particular area of West Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. I've fished the Smokies, Yellowstone Park in Montana and Wyoming, and a few rivers in Idaho. But, there's just something about those Allegheny mountains....

Hope this helps,
Grousegunner

Worrgamesguy
11-18-2008, 11:33 PM
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*Applauds*

Beautiful write up.

Grousegunner
11-18-2008, 11:53 PM
Here are some pictures that I took during my last trip to the Elk.

This is a view of the lodge property just below the point where the river surge up from below the ground.

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh15/jessechaffin/DSCN0424.jpg

Some views of the Slaty Fork

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh15/jessechaffin/DSCN0411.jpg

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh15/jessechaffin/DSCN0397.jpg

Here is something else that you might want to check out if you visit the area. This is the Green Bank Radio Telescope, located in Green Bank, WV. It is the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. It was built in 1988. Supposedly, it is used to view objects in outerspace, and pick up radio waves from outerspace. At least, that's what I was told?! Definitely worth a quick visit if you have the time.

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh15/jessechaffin/DSCN0413.jpg

cardfly
11-22-2008, 02:39 PM
Grousegunner,

Very well written. I appreciate all the info. I am going to try and get a trip over there in May with my 8 year old.

If he gets on a 20 inch trout he will go crazy. We are both really looking forward to it.

Thanks again.

Worrgamesguy
11-23-2008, 01:12 AM
Hey David, if you get a chance, go to the Cranberry in spring. West Virginia is known for their wildflowers in highway medians, and when they're in full bloom it's amazing at all the colors you see. I'm 18, and hardly impressed, but my jaw dropped at these :eek: