What To Expect
When does the fishing season start and when does it end?
Our fishing season begins in April for large rainbows, browns, and brookies.
Our backcountry fishing camps are generally operational by mid-April, but it can vary depending on spring/late season snow. It is generally this time of year before trails are free of snow and cleared from winter’s downed timber. Early season fishing often offers a great opportunity to catch big fish as they are hungry after run off and cruising the shorelines in search of food. This time of year, nymphs, scuds, and streamers are generally what work best.
As we get into midsummer, late May to early August, insect activity picks up and water levels have dropped, so the river will be fishing well, including dry fly activity. Great fishing continues into late summer and early fall.
Our primary fishing season winds down at the end of September. However, many times we can accommodate a later fall fishing trip. Fishing during this time can offer some of the best of the season too. Please check for availability if interested!
What areas do you fish?
For all of our trips we will fish Shavers Fork in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia.
Shavers Fork is one of the five forks that makes up the Cheat River, and has been ranked as one of the top ten cleanest rivers in the United States boasting some of the best trout fishing available.
Do you offer Rental Fishing Equipment?
If guests need fly fishing rods and reels, we do have a limited number for rent at a cost of $ per day. We do not have waders for rent. Additionally, clients are expected to come with necessary tackle including leaders, tippet and flies. In the event you would like us to provide any tackle, please bring this up when booking. Guests would then be expected to reimburse us for the cost.
What are some additional activities that you offer on your Wilderness Expeditions?
As part of your Wilderness Expedition with us, taking a day off and doing some sight-seeing and horseback riding is always an option.
I don’t have much or any fly fishing experience but want to learn; is this an issue?
No, our experienced guides enjoy introducing new guests to the sport and will work to make it a fun learning experience! Please let us know what your experience level is when you book your trip.
How much gear and personal items should I bring and how do I pack?
Please reference the “Fishing Checklist”. Also, a general rule of thumb with a pack trip is bring what you need but no more. We are limited as to what we can pack in. If you have specific questions, please contact us. In terms of how to pack, soft duffle/gear bags are best and better to pack 2 smaller bags of equal weight than one big bag. Pack rods are best (i.e. 4-5 piece) packed in the protective rod tube. Please no glass items. If possible, we will make arrangements to get your gear and supplies the afternoon before your trip so we can get it weighed and packed into loads prior to meeting at the trailhead. We will discuss the possibility of this when booking your trip.
Can we keep any fish to eat?
In general, we strongly encourage catch and release which is why the fishing remains great. However, one evening we are open to keeping a fish or two for an appetizer if guests desire.