Our 9 year old twins are not outdoorsy kids at all. So, In an effort to teach them a little about their native state's wonders , we ventured to Elk Springs while staying at our condo at Snowshoe. We did a half day beginning fly fishing experience in the resort's Spring Creek. Our guide, Patrick Skeen was exceptional. None of us had ever fly fished, and my wife and I had not fished for many years. The first half hour or so was a lesson on fly casting in the resort's yard then a short class on the various flys. All equipment was provided and rigged by Patrick. We then moved to the Spring Creek where the kids immediately hooked up on Rainbow Trout. Patrick coached them (and us) through each cast and hook, making sure that each of us caught multiple fish, netting each fish before releasing back to the creek. He took particular care to ensure the kids were enjoying themselves. My son caught a 3 1/2 pound Rainbow and my daughter's largest catch wasn't far behind. It was a wonderful experience and worth every penny. My kids can't wait to go back. After fishing, we had a nice lunch in the restaurant, eating fresh trout, of course. It was a perfect introduction to fly fishing for all of us. After fishing, we trekked a couple miles downstream to Whitaker Falls which is beautiful. We will be going back and would happily stay at the beautiful lodge if we didn't have a place already so close. Do your family a favor and visit Elk Springs. What a fantastic West Virginia experience. The entire area is beautiful. Just call and tell them what you are looking for and they will customize the experience to your needs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy 22 acres of trout fishing and relaxation on Nationally acclaimed Elk River, where the trout live happily ever after. You can choose from luxurious island cabins, themed spacious lodge rooms or electrically serviced campsites. Enjoy our full service restaurant with your favorite legal beverage and shop in our fully stocked Orvis Fly Shop. Centrally located among West Virginia's top ski resorts and popular year round attractions. Your wedding, corporate retreat and vacation destination. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elk Springs Hotel Monterville