View Full Version : Elk River, WV

05-03-2009, 11:13 PM
I decided against going to Yellowstone and opted for the Elk River in beautiful Slaty Fork, West Virginia. O.k, Slaty Fork is just a few houses, but it is a beautiful area. The trip took about 8 hours from Nashville. Be certain to take I64 to Lewisburg, WV to get on state highway 219 to get to Slaty Fork and the Elk Springs Fly Shop. I don't recommend taking 219 all the way up from the state line like I did. Just before Lewisburg on 219 is the town of Aceverte and it is a tiny coal mining town, but they have a place called Rudy's that has a really good dinner buffet for nine bucks. You can get to Aceverte in about 10 minutes on 219 south from Lewisburg, but Lewisburg has several options. It has a small college and is very "hip" with small coffee shops, restaurants and art galleries etc for the wife to enjoy if she goes along. There are basically three sections of the river to fish; Directly behind the fly shop, the Slaty Fork area and another that I didn't go that is off of 219, I believe. The Elk Springs fly shop is tiny. It does have the essentials and a bit more, but man they are pricey (you have to buy a few things to fish, so get the guide to pick out a dozen or so flies for you, but bring your own leaders and tippet). The shop also has a "restaurant," that the cash register/part time fly shop assistant/cook/waitress operates. They have burgers etc, but don't expect much. They also have beer and wine, but the beer is a bit expensive. I recommend you stop in the town before Slaty Fork (Marlinburg?) and buy some food at the store there. The "resort" has several cabins around $95 a night and two of them are on an island in the river! The guide gave me some blue quills and BWO's when I asked about the hatch and mentioned something about the poor spinner fall to which I mumbled "Uh huh" before I ran out the door. I did well with a Docks Cork Stimi with a black Zebra Midge dropper until the hatch in the afternoon. It was the most amazing hatch I have ever seen. BWO's and Blue Quills every where. I switched to a blue quill and did fine. I caught several fish on dries and the dropper really wasn't neccessary. I came back the next day and tried the Slaty Fork section, but didn't go far enough up river to get away from the pressured areas. This is a nice trip, especially from East Tennessee. Make certain you bring some VHS movies if you stay at the lodge, or bring your DVD player and DVD's. I also recommend stopping and buying some food and charcoal. They have grills at the cabins as well as a hottub on a deck over looking the river.



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Rob GRiggs
05-04-2009, 02:55 PM
Sounds like you had a great trip. Some times its more about the adventure than the fish. The pictures are really good too. The river looks beautiful with the fog and light rain. Everything is so green.

05-04-2009, 06:19 PM
Yeah, it was a nice trip. Even got in a little fly fishin':smile:

05-04-2009, 09:32 PM
West Virginia, though a little behind the times, is absolutely beautiful. Cranberry Backcountry is unbeatable if you ever get the chance to fish it.

05-04-2009, 10:43 PM
Yeah, it was a step back in time. I love the area though. Thinkin about buying a spread there one day...very cheap.

05-04-2009, 10:57 PM
Great post man. Looks like a great little place to get away form it all. Glad you got into a mess of Trout after our last couple of trips. i'll have to go up there some time and hit that river. Great pics too, that's a really nice looking river.

05-04-2009, 11:18 PM
Thanks buddy. It was a really nice trip, even though I did take the long way:rolleyes: Next time I will cut two hours off of my drive time. You can leave in the a.m. around 6 and get there in time to fish for 3 hours this time of year. They have really nice cabins. All things considered, the Smokeys are a much better deal. Many more areas to fish and Townsend is just as cheap and not as remote and hard to get to.

05-11-2009, 09:15 PM
Don't know how I missed this string, sorry. Nice pictures and glad you enjoyed our great state. We call it Almost Heaven for a reason.

If you come up again (anybody), drop me a line, and I'll put you on some less pressured waters. To each his own (!), but I wouldn't put the Elk or Cranberry in the top 10 streams in this state.

I'm a native guy and I like to get away from the crowds.


05-11-2009, 10:14 PM
Sounds like a plan...Unfortunately, I am now employed again:eek: You never know though...I'm starting to plan my life around this new habit...Uh, I mean hobby.:p