Montgomery Creek

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Posted by Erik on July 22, 1998 at 15:40:09:

Here's another small stream some might want to try on the
Blue Ridge WMA. I fished it this past Sunday. For those
interested in stockers, fish through the campground. For
those interested in a little more of a challenge, head
upstream to the domain of the wild fish. I started fishing
upstream of the habitat improvement structures, just a little
below the shoals area. I planned on fishing the West Fork
of Montgomery, but did so well on the main fork that I never
made it up that far. Caught a mixed bag of browns and rainbows,
mostly rainbows. The big fish was a beautiful 11-12" bow.
The browns had some of the most intense red spots I've ever seen.
All fish fell for a #16 foam bodied black ant (they're really slamming
terrestrials right now). Just drift your fly in tight to undercut
banks, rock ledges, and woody debris and hold on!

Montgomery wasn't the prettiest stream I've fished by a long shot,
but it's definitely worth a visit. Didn't see another soul from the
time I left the campground until the vicinity of the Ranger Camp,
where I ran into two bait fishermen working their way downstream.
They were releasing the fish they caught, except for one which
was hooked deep and obviously dying. I hope the others they released
faired better.

I am dissapointed to say that the north end of the campground, where
the trail heads upstream, seems to have become an unofficial latrine.
Used toilet paper was everywhere. I would have picked up the stuff,
but I left my rubber gloves and biohazard suit at home. Does anyone
know who to contact to begin a petition for the installment of a pit
toilet at that campsite? That should remedy the problem.


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