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  1. #1
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    Apr 2010

    Default Big Old Dominion Brookies Mem. Day weekend

    For Memorial Day weekend Nathan drove up to meet me and the boys in Richmond, and we off we were to the West Virginia border to search for brookies in the George Washington National Forest. It was colder than expected, and the bite was shutdown. The first two days were spent playing exploring more than fishing, for me at least.

    The boys caught crayfish...

    and salamanders...

    and grasshoppers in mountain meadows.

    On Sunday, the warmest day of the trip, we setup camp next to this gorgeous pool, where we could watch the brookies feeding.

    So while the youngest boys played tetherball with a bearbag full of rocks...

    I gave Jack, my oldest son, a few fishing lessons.

    It felt great together fishing with my son in a most beautiful setting.

    We weren't having much luck there, so I moved to the head of the pool to show him how its done.

    Thats 11.5 inches of native wild brookie. notice the wet fly still stuck in the tip of his nose. That was probably the most exciting trout I've ever caught.

    And then I caught a 10 incher on the next cast.

    And then another 11 incher and this one on a dry fly!HAHA my top three biggest trout in the span of an hour or so.


  2. #2
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    Apr 2010


    Not to be outdone, Jack caught a brookie on a wet fly as well, with absolutely no help from me other than tying on the fly.

    And then another!

    Overall I'd say the fishing was pretty good that day.

    And dinner wasn't too shabby either. Yes we found ramps ... and branch lettuce, to go with our stuffing and grilled trout.

    On Monday morning I followed this dirty critter back to the van, concluding another grand adventure with the crew.

    I'm sure Nathan has some pictures to contribute as well!

  3. #3
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    Oct 2008
    Knoxville, Tennessee


    Awesome! The winning trophy would be good enough, but you had to win first, second, and third place

    Those are some monster Brookies! What do they put in the water there? I doubt even Mr. Knapp could top that.

    After seeing yours as well as Mac & Colby's report, it looks like I need to get up to Va for some fishing

    Looks like a great trip, and glad to see your still getting out with the boys. Let me know when you head this way, I'd love to explore a remote section of park with you and Nathan.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2006


    What a cool trip! Thanks for sharing.
    My posts are worthless without pictures

  5. #5
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    Mar 2012
    Clinton, TN


    Great post! Looks like everyone had a good time. Thanks for sharing!
    I fish......
    ......because the voices in my head tell me to.

  6. #6
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    Jun 2010
    Knoxville, Tn


    So I drove up from knoxville lat Thursday only for Jason to inform me of the impending super cold weather which I wasn't prepared for... After hitting up a couple stores in Richmond to get some supplies we headed up to the little section of the George Washington national forest on the West Virginia border. The hike in was pretty good and on the way down we collected a large cache of ramps and branch lettuce which we consumed over the next several days. Thanks to the magic pants I picked up at dicks sporting goods in Richmond, I slept so warm and comfy in my hammock that there was no getting me out until at least 10.

    The first morning by the time I finally felt like getting up, Jason's kids had a good fire going.

    Since I had done a bunch of this work this last semester with a senior doing his thesis on terrestrial salamanders in the GSMNP, and Jason's kids are really into salamander hunting, I spent a little bit of time showing them how to find the terrestrials

    Nolan found a Pygmy salamander

    Eli's southern redback

    Jack found a big Pygmy

    They were all pretty happy with their finds

    That afternoon, the group hiked up to the top of a bald, while I scoped out the fishing. I caught just one small Brookie, but I managed to find a cool campsite on a island, which we used the next night.


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