It always amazes me how relatively unknown WV is to DC people.
This is a beautiful quiet, resort with newly constructed cabins, and friendly fly fishing guides. It is pristine, has a positive vibe and is well managed.
The grounds contain a series of beautiful man made trout stocked ponds for practice, and sits atop a beautiful natural spring fed river which apparently has year around trout fishing.
I don't anything about fly fishing, and a bit about bass fishing. While the guides were not cheap, the level of professionalism was high. You get new gear (rod, reel, flys, waders) from the orvis shop, the guide instructs, does all the tying of tackle. and helps with retrieval. I fished in both the ponds as well as the river and we got many large trout in 4 hours, one beautiful 18 inch brown trout.
I stayed in the "jungle" cabin which was clean and new. Everything in general was much better in person than on the website.
Lunch items were $10ish, and dinner $20-30. The sauteed trout (fresh from the ponds) was excellent. B+ on the restaurant food, service was great.
Oh and in July the weather was absolutely perfect. Not too humid, cool at night and surprisingly low on bugs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy 22 acres of fly fishing fishing and relaxation on Nationally acclaimed Elk River, You can choose from luxurious island cabins, themed spacious lodge rooms or mini cabins with a modern shower house.. Enjoy our full service restaurant with your favorite legal beverage and shop in our fully stocked Fly Shop. The largest in the mid-atlantic states. We are centrally located among West Virginia's top ski resorts and popular year round attractions. Guided fly fishing trips with the most experienced guides in the state of West Virginia. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elk Springs Hotel Monterville