Cranberry River near Craigsville, West Virginia
The Cranberry River contains something for everyone. Like brook trout? We got you covered with trout that average about 10 inches. More of a rainbow/brown that are not uncommon in sizes of 16 inches kind of person? You are covered in spades. Like fishing in the largest federally mandated wilderness in the east? There is only one place to go. Of course the fishing here was not always as good as it is today, especially in the upper reaches where acid once rained king (literally) and killed just about everything. However thanks largely to Trout Unlimited liming stations were put in place in the upper reaches completely restoring the brook trout with sort of a band aid thing (sort of fixing it but not curing the base problem). More good news is that the hatches seem to be getting more prolific in recent years as reported by many anglers. It all starts in March when tiny black stone flies emerge in one of the best hatches of the year. Next in line are blue-winged olives, blue quills, quill gordons, caddis, and light cahills. There is also a little hatch of green drake and slate drakes but they are not much of a factor as they are on some other streams in the area. Also different from many streams is the fact that the fish are not as turned on by terrestrials as some other streams although I have yet to meet a trout that will say no to a perfectly presented tiny black ant fly. The only downside to fishing here is that the access is not the easiest because you have the option of either walking, riding a horse, riding mountain bikes, or hiring Oak Myers mule cart to get tents, food, tackle, and whatever else to your fishing spot. Did I mention Oak is the best guide here so you may want to bum a few tips or hire him. Good luck fishing!
Cranberry River Fishing near Craigsville, West Virginia
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Access: Public Property
Body of Water Type: Stream
Lat/Long: 38.299557 -80.613701
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Description for Cranberry River, Nicholas County, West Virginia
Cranberry River is a stream located just 3 miles from Craigsville, in Nicholas County, in the state of West Virginia, United States, near Woodbine, WV. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout here. Whether you’re fly fishing, spinning or baitcasting your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Cranberry River. Alternate names for this stream include Cranberry Creek.
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