By Andrew Frutiger
“If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” is something that we have all heard a thousand times and sometimes actually abided by. When scheduling our last trip of the summer, we had the choice: try new water or stick with what had worked in the past. We decided to stick with what had worked before and return to Leetown, West Virginia — and we are so glad that we did.
If you will remember back to September, it was filled with hot days combined with no rain, not ideal for successful fly fishing trips for the experienced, let alone for those just starting out in the sport. Leetown offered an oasis from the heat, and a cold, spring fed pond full of stocked rainbows and bass. Although the day started out on the cooler side, it warmed up quickly, but so did the fishing. The fish were everywhere, and as soon as we figured out what they were eating, every rod was bent over. Each of the participants caught multiple fish, some even hooked into monsters and got the fight of a life time. By the end of the day, no one wanted to leave and everyone was glad that we had stuck with what worked.
If you have any questions or would like to participate in any of our upcoming fly tying sessions at Fort Detrick, please reach out to me at any time or go to our Facebook page. Search for Project Healing Waters – Frederick Chapter.