My dad, granddad, and most of my family is from West Virginia. My great grandfather took my grandfather fishing on the Cranberry River when he was a kid, and he took my dad, and my dad took me. It's a family tradition that I intend to pass on. On this trip my grandfather, dad, and brother went as well as me.
None of my family fly fishes, so I am the first to go out on a limb and actually learn. They all want to learn, but never did. So on this trip we all used spin rods and did excellent. Our ultimate goal on each trip to the Cranberry is to catch what we call the "Fab 5"- rainbow, brown, brookie, golden, and tiger. None of us got it, but my dad came close, he lacked a brookie and he would have had it.
When we arrived late one afternoon, we only had enough time to set up camp and fish for an hour or two. My brother was the first one to throw a line in, and he caught a fish on the first cast of the day. We knew it was going to be one **** of a trip.
My brother started fishing downstream so I moved into that spot that he caught the first fish out of and I pulled 3 more out from that hole.
*Me holding fish, brother, and grandpa*
*Grandpa holding my fish because I was too high off the water*
And here are just some random shots from the rest of our trip.
*My dad holding his golden*
*My tiger trout*
*The almighty Cranberry River*
*My brother holding his brown*
We didn't catch anything of size so we let them all go unless they were gill hooked and would not survive. If you ever have the chance, the Cranberry River in the Monongahela National Forrest and the other sister rivers are some of the best trout fishing in the country, and easily the top few rivers in the eastern U.S. If you get on Youtube you will find countless videos of fishermen catching average, and even above average fish in the mountains of West Virginia. Let me know what you guys think