Monthly Archives: April 2012

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Where Have I Been?

Just a quick note to let you know I’ve returned home after a couple weekends away, which is why I have not posted any updates lately, especially the one thing I do regularly — post about stocked streams in WV, MD and VA on Fridays. My wife and I went to Eleuthera, Bahamas almost two weeks ago for a getaway and a chance to catch some bonefish while wading the beaches. The getaway was successful, the bonefish catching was not. Just returned this past weekend from another short trip to visit family.

Will be back on track this week. I hope to have at least one fishing report for brook trout in the next week and a half. I’ll also post some pictures of us on the beach with fly rods and nothing to show for it except stories of a shark, half a barracuda and a grunt…

Can Brook Trout Return to Jefferson County West Virginia?

Brook Trout DrawingStudents from Wildwood Middle School in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia are looking into the possibility of reintroducing brook trout to the panhandle of West Virginia. Brook trout were extirpated from the eastern panhandle of the state some time ago (trying to find out exactly when is typically difficult) due to development and habitat loss, the usual stuff. However, it appears that some streams and forests have come back enough to at least make the study of reintroduction worthwhile.

This program has some strong local support from people like Kelly’s White Fly Shop in Shepherdstown, WV, the Winchester Virginia Trout Unlimited chapter, local guide and fly casting instructor Dusty Wissmath, and others.

You can follow their progress on the Wildwood Middle School blog.