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Shaver's Fork River - Cheat Bridge - 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 Winter Stonefly Midday #16-#20 Black Stonefly
February Winter Stonefly, Blue Winged Olive Midday #16-#20 Black Stonefly, BWO Parachute
March Blue Winged Olive, Little Black Stoneflies, Early Brown Stone Afternoon #14-#18 BWO Parachute, Black Stonefly, Early Brown Stone Nymph
April Blue Winged Olive, Quill Gordon, Hendricksons Afternoon, Early Evening #12-#18 BWO Parachute, Quill Gordon Dry, Hendrickson Nymph
May Sulphurs, Green Drakes, Brown Drakes, Gray Fox Afternoon, Evening #10-#16 Sulphur Parachute, Green Drake Dun, Brown Drake Nymph, Gray Fox Dry
June Sulphurs, Light Cahills Afternoon, Evening #14-#16 Sulphur Parachute, Light Cahill Dry
July Trico, Light Cahills Morning, Evening #16-#24 Trico Spinner, Light Cahill Dry
August Trico, Terrestrials Morning, Midday #16-#24 Trico Spinner, Ant Patterns, Beetle Patterns
September Blue Winged Olive, Terrestrials Afternoon #16-#20 BWO Parachute, Ant Patterns, Beetle Patterns
October Blue Winged Olive, Isonychia, October Caddis Afternoon, Early Evening #12-#20 BWO Parachute, Isonychia Nymph, October Caddis Pupa
November Blue Winged Olive, Midges Afternoon #18-#22 BWO Parachute, Midge Larva
December Winter Stoneflies, Midges Midday #16-#22 Black Stonefly Nymph, Midge Larva

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

The Shaver’s Fork River – Cheat Bridge area is well known for its exciting fly fishing opportunities. Here are some top spots:
  • High Falls: A secluded, tranquil spot a short hike away from roadside parking. Its pool below the waterfall is teeming with trout. Avoid peak hours to have the spot to yourself.
  • Bowden Fishing Area: Located right downstream of the confluence with Glady Fork, it holds brown, rainbow and brook trout toothy critters. Anglers will need to use slightly bigger hook sizes.
  • Bemis Area: This location, downstream of High Falls, is a mix of pocket water, runs and pools holding decent sized trout. The Waters are frisky and clear swimming bigger browns and rainbows.
  • Stuart Campground: Fly fishing upstream of Stuart provides access to several miles of public, easy-wading water. This spot is especially good in summer and fall.
  • Cheat Bridge: This area is known for its deep pools that house larger trout. It’s a popular spot, so arrive early.

Best Access Points

The Shaver’s Fork River offers memorable fly fishing experiences, particularly around the Cheat Bridge area, with several great access points:
  • Stuart Recreation Area: A public ground with easy access to river banks and crystal-clear pools. Teeming with trout, it’s a hotspot for fly fishers.
  • High Falls area: Reachable by the West Fork Trail. Be prepared for a decent hike but with the reward of outstanding fly fishing opportunities.
  • Cheat Bridge Area: Accessible right off Route 250. Offering a mix of deep runs and shallow riffles, it’s particularly abundant with brown trout.
  • Bowden Fish Hatchery: Follow the Shavers Fork upstream from this point for excellent spots, prized by seasoned anglers for larger catch.
Always respect local fishing regulations and remember, the best time to fish is April through October. Happy casting!

Local Fish

  • Brook Trout: The native fish to West Virginia, a long-time favorite for fly fishermen.
  • Brown Trout: Commonly found across the Shaver’s Fork River, will take a wide variety of fly patterns.
  • Rainbow Trout: Known for their fight, these fish can be a real challenge to land.
  • Smallmouth Bass: A great sport fish, they are known for their impressive leaps and hard-fighting ability.
  • Sunfish: While not as big as some of the other species, their aggressive nature makes them fun to catch.
  • White Sucker: They are bountiful in the Shaver’s Fork River and provide a consistent game for fly fishers.
  • Golden Trout: Not naturally occurring to the area but stocked by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. They are beautiful and sought after by many anglers.
  • Cutthroat Trout: A lesser-known species, but some can still be found in the deeper pools of the river.

About The River

The Shaver’s Fork River, most notably at its crossing at Cheat Bridge, presents a scenic and historical treat for any outdoor enthusiast. Shaver’s Fork, originating from the high mountains of north central West Virginia, is renowned as one of the longest rivers in the Monongahela River watershed.

Its history is deeply intertwined with the railroad industry. Cheat Bridge, a significant point along the river, found prominence in the 1880s as a thriving railroad community. Its vestiges remind us of the steam engine era.

  • 19th century: Arrival of the railroad.
  • Early 20th century: Rise as a logging community.
  • Present: Popular destination for trout fishing, camping and hiking.

Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover or an angler, the Shaver’s Fork River – Cheat Bridge area offers a delightful blend of natural beauty, history and outdoor adventures.

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