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Elk River - below Webster Springs - West Virginia

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffin's Gnat
February Midges Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midge, Scuds
Stoneflies All day #8-12 Golden Stone, Kaufmann's Black Stonefly
March Blue Winged Olive Midday - Evening #16-22 BWO Sparkle Dun, BWO Emerger
April Mayflies Midday - Evening #12-14 Adams, Light Cahill
May Caddisflies Evening #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Dark Hendrickson
Stoneflies All day #8-12 Golden Stone, Kaufmann's Black Stonefly
June Sulphurs Midday - Evening #14-18 Sulphur Dry Fly, Sulphur Dun
July Terrestrials Afternoon #10-12 Ant Patterns, Beetle Patterns
August Terrestrials All day #10-12 Ant Patterns, Hopper Patterns
Tricos Morning #20-24 Trico Spinner, Trico Dun
September Blue Winged Olive Midday - Evening #16-22 BWO Sparkle Dun, BWO Emerger
October Caddisflies Evening #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Dark Hendrickson
November Midges Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midge, Scuds
December Midges Afternoon #18-22 Zebra Midge, Snowshoe Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Fly fishing enthusiasts enjoy the stretch of the Elk River below Webster Springs for its clear waters and abundance of fish. The best spots include:
  • Downtown Elk Springs: A popular spot with an abundance of stocked trout, making it ideal for first-time fly fishers.
  • The Lower Elk River: Known for its high concentration of brown trout. This location offers deep pools that are perfect for wet fly fishing.
  • The Sinks: A limestone area where the river drops into a series of falls and pools. The Sinks are an adventurous choice, particularly suited to experienced anglers.
Remember, each of these spots offers unique challenges and benefits. Trying them all could offer a rewarding experience that caters to various fly fishing skills and preferences.

Best Access Points

The Elk River, below Webster Springs, offers several prime access points for fly fishing enthusiasts that stand out for their abundance of fish species and easy accessibility:

  • Sutton Dam Tailwaters: Known for its exceptional trout fishing opportunities. The US Army Corps of Engineers manages this spot, allowing easy public access.
  • Gassaway: This area offers plenty of access through adjoining county routes for wade and bank fishing. It is a favorite for rainbow trout.
  • Baker’s Island Recreation Area: Provides easy access to the river with abundant opportunities for catching smallmouth bass and musky.
  • Elk Springs Resort: though it requires permission for fishing, it is a renowned place for catching brown and brook trout.
  • Queens Shoals Public Access: Located 25 miles downstream from Sutton Dam, it also offers quality fly fishing opportunities.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: One of the most targeted species, known for its fighting ability and the challenge it presents to fly fishers.
  • Brook Trout: This species is significantly populous in the Elk River, presenting a great opportunity for anglers.
  • Rainbow Trout: These fish are known for their striking colors and acrobatic jumps, making them a favorite among anglers.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Known for their aggressive behavior, they can present quite a challenge when fly fishing.
  • Redeye Bass: An underrated fish, but has gained popularity because of its aggressive nature.
  • Largemouth Bass: They are fantastic fighters and are always a great catch because of their size.
  • Bluegill: Known for their distinctive coloring, they are an easy catch for fly fishing beginners.
  • Carp: Although they are not a traditional fly fishing target, their size and power make them a thrilling catch.

About The River

The Elk River is a significant water source for the state of West Virginia. This beautiful river begins high in the Appalachians and flows downstream until it reaches Charleston, where it merges into the Kanawha River. Below Webster Springs, the river becomes an especially popular spot for relaxation and recreation activities.

  • Fishing: The Elk River is famous for its year-round trout fishing. The steady flow of pristine, cold water creates an optimal habitat for brown, brook and rainbow trout, making it a hit with anglers.
  • History: The river’s history is just as fascinating as its present. Historically, it served as a crucial route for native tribes and early settlers. The presence of salt licks near the river also attracted a large population of elk, from which its name derives.
So, don’t miss out on experiencing the beauty and history of the Elk River, directly below Webster Springs.

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