The creek didn’t look like some of those pictures from the “good old days” of the trout season opening day, with fishermen shoulder to shoulder. But at noon I think there were at least 100 fishermen on that mile-long section from the upper bridge down to U.S. 460.
As I wrote in my column Sunday in The Roanoke Times, the fishing wasn’t great. A few guys had a fish or two on a stringer, and I just missed seeing one guy pull in a 6-pound rainbow.
Wes Hensley at H&H Outdoors in Buchanan sent me several shots throughout the day of guys who caught some nice fish. The top shot is Barry Staton with 14.3 pounds of trout, the biggest the 7.3-pound rainbow.