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West Virginia Wildlife
Brook Trout
The Elusive And Beautiful Official State Fish

May 7, 2014
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


One of the best things about living in West Virginia is getting the chance to do some world class trout fishing. That includes taking on these guys....our native brook trout. Isaac Gibson loves the challenge.

"This is one of our native brook trout here. It takes a few years for him to get to this size, they live years in the wild, they require pretty clear water, they are the canary in the mine."

That means if you find a good brook trout stream, you're fishing some of the cleanest water and best fish habitat you'll ever find. These are some beautiful fish and they take some time and patience to catch. This is what Isaac uses.

"I fish a lot of these, I have a crop of new ones in there, these are black stone fly nymphs. This is about the size and pattern in the winter, it's a size 18, it has a bead head so it can really get down if I need to. This is a pattern I've been using for years, but each year I tie it a little bit different." says Gibson.

Wild brook trout are the most sought after fish for folks with a fly rod, they're wily, reclusive and a great challenge. They're also beautiful.

"They have these beautiful orange and red fins, pink spots on their side, blue halo around them. This pattern on their back is kind of a worm like pattern that snakes around on their back.
You'll have red back into their tail fin." says Gibson.

And once you start catching them, you'll be the one hooked on brook trout.

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