Going on a tip from a local landowner yesterday, TU staffer Kevin Anderson and I were checking out a small stream on the outskirts of the Shenandoah Valley rumored to hold native brook trout. Problem was it did not show up on any of our maps or databases as a brook trout stream. We had to check it out. Discovering new water (or at least new to us) is part of what makes pursuing native fish so great and tells a lot about the health of a stream and it’s watershed. Sure enough when we stopped at a culvert crossing the creek and peered over the edge we saw half a dozen adult brook trout in the pool at the base of the pipe.
It just goes to show that you should never discount the experience and knowledge of those that call these places home…..and always get out of the car to take a look. You never know what you might find lurking beneath the surface.
--Seth Coffman, Shenandoah Headwaters Home Rivers Manager