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captwright1

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Hello All!. 

I am coming to the area for a few weeks in September.   Truck, travel trailer, FlyCraft raft, wife and cat.  I was in the Canaan Valley area in 2017 and really enjoyed the area, so I am back.  Last time, I was on foot, but was lucky enough to have one of your forum members take me on a float on the Cheat.  We actually swapped trips.. he came to Everglades National Park and fished with me this summer ... (one of Dave's snook is below).

I am hoping to get some suggestion of areas to float. Fishing is secondary ... I have been a full-time guide for the past 25 years in the Everglades, so I am no longer "angry" at the fish.  A good, safe float in new areas, with the wife is what I am after... I will bring a fly rod and a spinning rod for her, of course.  

I would love any suggestions or advice that you may have for floats ... and shuttles

is the Tygart around Elkins floatable??
How about the Shaver's Fork east of Elkins?
Cheat near Parson's?

Thanks in advance for your help

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PS .. If anyone is interested in a trip swap, please send me a PM ...
(www.ChokoloskeeCharters.com).



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Tazmanme

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Cheat is a great float at Parsons on down, if there is enough water, Real good chance there would be, you could call Patrick at Blackwater Outdoor Adventures and see if they will be around that week, for a shuttle, if I could make it would be happy to float with you, I’m sure Dave could tell you about the Tygart River, Or a half dozen other guys I believe it fishes pretty well, there is a bunch of fabulous fishing there
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WVUPSC

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I second what Taz says (above).  Good advice.
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captwright1

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Thanks I will definitely contact the shop... Do you know anything about Shaver's "float-ability"?
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Cheatriver8730

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The lower 20 miles or so of shavers is a great float. You would need at least 300 cfs. Not too common in late summer or fall unfortunately.

http://wvangler.websitetoolbox.com/post/shavers-fork-10181831?pid=1308965389
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Shavers Fork is floatable, but at higher levels than you will typically have in September.

Fishing from Parsons to Rowlesburg on the Cheat is typically very good, and it is likely there will be floatable levels there in September, at least for a canoe - I'm not as familiar about levels needed for rafts.

Tygart near and upstream of elkins may be doable in kayaks. I've never been on it though it seems smaller. Downstream of Elkins gets whitewater-ey, which would likely require a raft, and there probably isn't enough water for that in September.

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Tazmanme

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Oh, I guess I should have said that, on the gauge , Parsons gauge usgs 4ft. Is the perfect number with a raft, , I say that because there’s plenty of water, and you still have lots of islands and beaches, and not getting boney any where ,You can get in behind some of the islands but you Can’t when it’s under four, It’s doable easily down to 3 1/2 feet on the gauge in a raft before any dragging, I don’t want to say above four is bad either five down to four on the gauge is not bad you just start losing some of the beaches and not as many places to slide off and fish the riffles, This is all info on Parsons to Rowlesburg, Below 3.5 on the gauge then you want to think about a kayak or canoe, You might look up “cheat water trail” Nice little map with all the put in his and take out for the Cheat river, blackwater outdoor adventures is right there at Saint George West Virginia,
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curmudgeon

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If you have any interest in coming South to the New River, I would be more than interested in guiding you on the New River for a trip swap in Chokoloskee.


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jalwv

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You should definitely take cureudgeon up on the new river offer.   It's probably a 3 hour drive each way from Canaan so that would make for a long day trip, but you could easily plan for it on the way in or out of WV.  

I fished Chokoloskee for the first time this spring, what an amazing place.  


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captwright1

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Thanks all ... This is really helpful info and much appreciated.

jalwv ... Chokoloskee truly is a very special part of our planet. But, your area is very special, as well.

curmudgeon ... We are definitely headed to the New River area.  Plans are loose, but we should be there at the end of September.  A trip swap would be great.  Let's put it together.
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captwright, do you know larry demere?
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captwright1

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I did. Larry passed away several years ago.
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That's a shame.  Was he still fishing out of that old tin can prior?
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captwright1

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Absolutely. In some of the places we fish and most of the places Larry fished, a tin can is called for.
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