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Winter Brook Trout

I’ve been out of the fishing scene for a while now.  Hunting season has a way of taking all of your free time.  So this past weekend, I decided to head up to a local brook trout stream to see how thing are after a summer of sever flooding.  Talk about a different river!!  I fished all the normal areas, but the holes and pockets that usually hold fish have been rearranged.  It’s sorta like fishing a new stream that you’ve known all along.  Kinda weird really!

Fishing was pretty good for mid-January.  I have historically not done well here this early in the year, but the warm weather we have had recently must have made a few fish get hungry!  As usual this time of year, most fish were caught on a large nymph.  I guess they are tying to get as much food as possible.  So big meals it is!

Here are a few scenes from the trip.

Mountain Brook Trout Stream - Virginia

Small Brook Trout

Foggy day in the mountain

Orange Mushrooms on rotten log

Rattlesnake Plantain

Virginia Brook Trout

Native Virginia Rainbow Trout

Native Virginia Rainbow Trout

Small Virginia Brook Trout Stream

Small Virginia Brook Trout Stream

Winter Hepatica or Liverwort

Virginia Mountain Trout Stream

Foggy Virginia Mountain Trout Stream

Virginia Brook Trout

Virginia Rainbow Trout

DOH!

I hope this is not a sign of things to come for this year!!  I’ve had a really long run of REALLY good luck in the equipment department!  It’s been quite some time since I have broken a rod..

That streak was ended this trip.

Bad Luck on the Trout Stream

Rear Tire Rollin

Mountain Biking Stuff

The guys over at Mountain Laurel Trails in Ridgeway, Virginia have been hard at work.  The trails are in as good of condition as I have seen  They have also added a few additional trails as well.  Now is the best time to get out there and try mountain biking for yourself.

Even more motivation comes from the Fool himself at Chain of Fools Bicycle Shop in Martinsville.  They will be offering a Skills clinic on Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 PM.  That’s the perfect opportunity to get out and learn a new skill, or just meet some of the people that ride the trails in our area.

Rear Tire Rollin

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A Great Night To Be Outside

The changing weather can only mean one thing!  It’s time to get outside at night for some star trail photography!  Pull out the warm clothes and get ready for some late nights!

Here are a couple of websites that will help you out:
NASA – Meteor Showers 2016
EarthSky
Light Stalking 

Don’t forget your thermos full of coffee either!

Silo at night.
Silo at night with star trails. Show with a Canon EOS 60D at F4.0 for 10 minutes.
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Fly Fishing for Brook Trout in Virginia’s Mountains

Every year a few of us head up into some remote section of mountain in search of brook trout.  This year being no different we set out sights on a section of the George Washington National Forest.  Scheduling these trips can be interesting to say the least, but we generally try not to go during the spawn.  This year timing just didn’t work out, so we ended up being really close to the spawn.  Some of the fish were obviously spawned out while others seemed like they were just getting going.  Either way…they all were hungry and REALLY colored up!

Between the fish and the fall color, it made for some really good scenery this year.  Here are a few shots from the trip.

To learn more about fly fishing in Virginia, check out your local Trout Unlimited Chapter.

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Fly fishing on a mountain stream.

Fall color in the mountains of Virginia.

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Back to the Dark Side

Jacks Creek Covered Bridge with star-trails

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Jacks Creek Covered Bridge in Patrick County, Virginia

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Star-trails in Patrick County, Virginia
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Star-Trails from Lover’s Leap in Meadows of Dan, Virginia
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Old store in Meadows of Dan, Virginia
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Reynolds Homestead in Critz, Virginia at night
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Star-trails in Critz, Virginia
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Old Factory at night in Bassett, Virginia