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08-15-2007, 07:51 PM
This was the trip I was finally going to Greenbrier but hubby Jack got a "bug". This morning he was better and we went to Roaring Fork thinking it was not as far as Greenbrier in case he wanted to come back early. I fished while he checked out the neat sites there. With all the talk about stressing the fish I was extra careful, used barbless hook and released the fish as quick as possible.

I thought it was high enough there that I might catch a brookie but all I caught were rainbows, from 3" to 10". I saw one larger but could not get him to hit. After the first ten fish I quit counting. Every plunge pool had rainbow. Usually I caught one, occasionally two from a pool. Of course, sometimes I didn't catch any! Every fish was released and shot back into the water in apparent good health. One got off as I brought it in and flopped into a pool with no outlet to the stream. You guys would have laughed watching me try to catch him with my hands! :biggrin: Finally dug a little trench and drained out some water and then caught him in the shallows and put him in the stream. Even that one took off like a bat out of you know where.

I love that kind of fishing, rock hopping and stalking the trout. I know it is not the way to catch a big fish but it sure is FUN! I was amazed at how the trout would rise, see me or sometimes I think see the rod over the pool and just sink back down or shoot off and disappear. I learned a lot about stalking.

Now I have very sore leg muscles and something tells me tomorrow morning getting out of bed will be a challenge. But worth it....saw 1 deer, 2 turkeys, and miles of the most beautiful stream scenery. This is a wonderful place.

Gerry Romer
08-15-2007, 08:30 PM
Congrats!! Now that's my kind of fishing. Yeah the muscles will feel it in the morning... your face muscles from all that grinnin' :biggrin:


08-15-2007, 08:35 PM

You are right!! Sometimes I laughed out loud at one of those wild rainbow jumps and strikes. If anybody had been around, they would have thought....crazy woman alert!

08-15-2007, 08:51 PM

Did you check the water temp? I'm kind of curious for future trips I might take.


08-15-2007, 08:53 PM

You're killing me! What a great time.

Keep on fishin.:p

08-15-2007, 09:30 PM

I did not think to check the water temperature. I wish I had. I caught a fish on my second cast and that pretty much did it for my brain for the rest of the day. Sorry.


Gerry Romer
08-15-2007, 09:45 PM
That's what we call "Trout Fried"!

08-15-2007, 10:07 PM
Great post...I've been intrigued by that stream - everything I've read about it says it's a hidden gem. I'm curious about the temps there, too...one thing is for certain - from what I've read, that stream has quite a gradient to it, so it doesn't lack for aeration.

Rog 1
08-16-2007, 08:51 AM
My son considers this his stream and I must ask permission before I fish it....was wondering what part of the stream you were fishing and what the water levels were like.....if you were in the gorge at the lower end I can understand the aching muscles.....there are some places down there that you just cannot navigate without making like a mountain goat.

08-16-2007, 11:07 AM
I guess I'm asking the same question as a few of the guys above...did you fish from the Trillium Gap Trail (near Grotto Falls @3500'), off the Grapeyard Ridge Trail @2400' or somewhere along the Roaring Fork Rd?

Glad to hear that had fun. Climbing and fishing off the beaten track allows you to fish some water that gets very little attention...

08-16-2007, 01:43 PM
I may have trouble explaining where I fished. Never been there before so I had no clue where anything was. I started fishing off the road above a cabin, can't remember the names of the folks that lived there, they had 8 or 9 kids and the mom lived there til 1930. Great pictures at the park service sign. But anyway, above that place was rough getting to the stream, got easier below there. I would fish, drive to the next pulloff, fish, drive, etc. Quit past the mill, where the stream seemed to do a circle on itself. I do not know the trails or whether one can fish off them.

Most of the stream was very steep, lots of climbing on rocks to fish the pools. Perhaps the oxidation kept the trout lively. It would not be a good place to go alone. The water is low enough that climbing out on the rocks is necessary and a fall could be bad. Might be a long time before someone came looking.

I didn't use my wading boots. Only used one fly, a yellow thingy with a black stripe on the rear end. Got it at LRO don't remember the name. Broke it off once but got it back. It was starting to look pretty ratty when I lost it permanently at the mill pond.

Speaking of the mill pond, there are at least 2 rainbow in there and one is a nice fish. :smile:

08-16-2007, 04:43 PM

I am glad you had a great time. Hope your husband is doing better. I have fished that stream some, but I think I need to try it again. It sounds like my kind of stream.

I think the "Yellow Thingy" would be a great name for a fly. I am going to tie some up for my next trip to the mountains in a couple of weeks. I hope the weather is cooler, and we have some rain before then.

Have a great week!

08-16-2007, 05:31 PM

I want one of those "yellow thingys" and put a parachute on top so I can see it! I will be back the end of September. If "yellow thingy" is a hit, we can Patent it! ;)


08-16-2007, 07:58 PM
barbara...sounds like you were at ephraim bales when ya started and ended near the reagan house. glad ya got "trout fried".

08-16-2007, 09:54 PM

You are right. I started before the Bales house and if Reagan house is the one with the mill, I ended a ways beyond it. Would have fished a bit further but got tired and hot. It was a hot day even in the shade by the water.

Jack is better. Still couldn't have kept up with you on a hike. But we will try again later. Surely the rains and cooler weather will come soon.

The Bales place amazed us. There would have been 8 or maybe it was 9 kids and the 2 adults living in that small place. We couldn't see access to the loft but we assumed there had been a sleeping loft for the kids. Otherwise they were sleeping in the corn crib!