Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions. If you have questions about your upcoming trip, please call us toll-free, 1-877.359.8463.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
- Valid West Virginia Fishing license. Both resident and non-resident licenses may be purchased by calling the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, 1-304-558-2758 or going on-line at www.wvfish.com.
- Rain Gear; Avoid cotton clothes on cold, rainy days. Synthetic fleece and polypropylene layers work best.
- Polarized sunglasses, brimmed hat, sunscreen and a small camera are all good to have with you.
- For overnight trips, please bring your sleeping bag, pillow, camp clothes and shoes.
WHAT KIND OF TACKLE AND LURES SHOULD I BRING?
Spin fishing for smallmouth bass:
Tackle and lures can be provided but if you wish to bring your own we suggest: Medium to medium light rods with 6 to 10lbs. test line (6lbs. Test for clear water); Mountain State Anglers Fishing Services supplies plastic baits (tubes, grubs, plastic jerk baits) at no cost. If you use and lose our crankbaits, plugs or minnows we ask that you please replace them.
Fly fishing for smallmouth bass:
We use 7 to 8wt. Rods and lines for smallmouth bass. We can provide all the tackle and flies. Here are some of the flies we use, Wooly buggers (white, black, brown and orange and olive), weighted crystal buggers (same colors as wooly buggers), Hellgrammite and crayfish patterns, Clouser minnows (olive and white, chartreuse and yellow and purple and white), profile minnow flies, Dahlberg divers, Sneaky Pete's and frog style deer hair poppers are some old standbys.
Fly fishing for trout:
3 to 4wt. Rods and lines are perfect for these mountain streams. An assortment of nymphs (prince nymphs, hare's ears, Pheasant tails, and olive caddis larvae), dry flies (BWO's Hendrickson's, blue quill's, Quill Gordon's, Royal Wulffs, Para Adams, and Elk hair caddis), also bring a few wet flies and streamers to. Mountain State Anglers Fishing Services can provide all waders, tackle and flies if you need them.
Spin fishing for Musky:
Heavy weight bass rod or medium-heavy weight Musky rod, 6-8 inch crank baits, large bucktail jigs, large in-line mepps spinners, top water prop baits, 6-8 inch soft plastics (tubes, grubs or jerk baits), 30-50 lb. braided lone, 30 lb. test steel leaders or 40 lb. test flouro-carbon leaders. Guides will provide some baits, but be sure to bring your favorite rod.
WHAT WE PROVIDE:
- We provide all tackle for both trout and smallmouth fly fishing and
smallmouth spin fishing. (We do not provide all tackle for musky fishing).
- All meals, snacks and drinks are provided (see trip descriptions for
- Transportation to and from the river.
Please Note: All trips are catch and release only, with artificial lures and flies only.
Prices do not include 6% sales tax, $6.35 service fee or guide gratuity.