Although the Blue Ridge watershed remains in a winter drought, with most streams running at 30-50% of usual flows, the Allegheny watershed has received ample moisture, and most streams are running at their usual flows. So I headed west, and fished the Bullpasture River yesterday. It was the second day of a warming cycle, and the air temp was in the 60’s; the water temp was in the mid 40’s. There were 4 spin fishermen there, and myself. Collectively we had five fish, all 10″ stockers.
It’s a shame that VDGIF continues to manage this stream as a “put and take” water; clearly the trout by yesterday, ~3 weeks post stocking, were already “done took”. This stream has excellent springs, and barring a severe summer drought, has always been able to hold brown trout year ’round. If managed as a “catch and release” stream, it could be one of Virginia’s best trout streams. If you have not visited the VDGIF website and answered this year’s poll re stream management, please consider doing so; trout stamp sales have been down, and they wonder why. Perhaps they will actually consider making some changes, if they hear from us, LOUDLY!
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