Tag Archives: Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge Buffer (Pt. 2), No Plan B

1. I love Monday mornings in the Blue Ridge, especially before the hikers, dogs and fishermen start to activate the paths inside Shenandoah National Park. The sun is out; the temperatures are headed for the 70s; Louisiana water-thrushes are at song; the violets and … Continue reading

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Three Days in Shenandoah

On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, my son gave my wife and me a walking tour of Theodore Roosevelt Island on the tidal flats of the Potomac River in Washington, D. C.  That morning walk on the circuit trail culminating … Continue reading

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Blue Ridge Workout

1. The fly rod that was new for me this past summer wanted a good workout near the place where it was made. That is, the 7’6″ five-weight wanted to go fishing somewhere in the state of Virginia near the shop … Continue reading

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To Rapidan Camp

(The Rapidan Camp) is a constant reminder of the democracy of life, of humility, and of human frailty– for all men are equal before fishes.– President Herbert Hoover From Milam Gap at Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, we descended … Continue reading

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Of Cataracts and Wriggling Waters

There are plenty of well-known waterfalls here in western New York State. In this eroding foothill region, we not only have that world-class cataract known as Niagara, we also have hypnotic falls at Letchworth, Stony Brook, and Watkins Glen state … Continue reading

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Tom Jefferson’s River

Back in D. C., I was ready to flyfish for shad on the Potomac but I wasn’t prepared for this. I found a dead shad along the Rivanna River in Charlottesville where I was staying for a few days. The … Continue reading

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How ‘Bout That Road? (Stone Mountain)

If you drive around Albemarle County, Virginia long enough, you’ll eventually leave the rolling hillsides of the uber-rich and find yourself in the humbler Appalachian vales of Greene County. There, somewhere near the village of Dyke, the real fun of looking for the … Continue reading

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Blue Ridge Brookies

It was a colorful day, a comfortable holiday, in central Virginia. My son and I drove out from a family gathering to have a look at brook trout territory in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We traveled from the city to the mountains on a westward road through … Continue reading

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