Trip Report

Small Streams, Sweat & Rattlesnakes

Trip Reports - Stories|Streams and Snakes

Blue-lining in Appalachia comes with a certain set of rules. Don't talk about where you're going. Keep your eyes peeled for lightning storms. Check for ticks. Watch your back-cast. If watchdog landowners, rogue lightning bolts, rhododendron branches, and lime disease don't get you, the rattlesnakes will.


Even though mountain brook trout are eager eaters, a fly deserves proper dressing before each precise cast. You've only got one shot at these guys.

The mosquitoes hover around your head in an orchestra of confusion. If they didn't leave such regrettable memoirs, their sound would be welcome under the silencing effect of the forest canopy. But just past the swarm is a perfect, slow-moving seam that should produce another brookie. A bow-and-arrow cast ought to do it.