John Carlin's Virginia is the Emmy Award Winning segment on the Fox 2127 10 o'clock news that airs the first and third Tuesdays of the month. It focuses on out of the way places, people and the things they do -- in Virginia. This blog includes John's thoughts on the stories that air, and whatever else comes to his mind along the way.
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This is the time of year I always think of fishing for trout. And I often think of how my buddies always
gloat when they catch a brown trout, as if it’s a bigger prize than a brook
trout or a rainbow.
Let’s face it,
for the most part trout fishing in Virginia is 95-percent “put and take.” For non-anglers that means, the state
stocks the fish in the creeks and rivers, and dozens of people come in not far
behind them and catch the fish.
Nobody is using any different technique to catch a brown
trout. They are fishing for trout. Period.
So imagine my surprise as we toured the Paint Bank Trout Hatchery for the latest edition of John Carlin’s Virginia and Supervisor Brian
Beers essentially conformed what my buddies have said about browns. And then he proved it.
We walked beside the raceways where thousands of trout
swarmed to the food pellets he threw in the water.
Beers with a net full of trout.
As we approached the rainbows they came swimming toward us
in anticipation of dinner. The
brookies did the same. But not the
As we approached the pool full of brown trout, they swam in
the opposite direction!
“It’s a lot harder to domesticate browns,” mused Beers.
So there you go.
If you catch a brown, go ahead and brag.
By the way, the hatchery is open to the public. Tours are available during hours the
hatchery is open. And while you
are there, you owe it to yourself to stop at the Swinging BridgeRestaurant. It’s a great way to
spend a day not too far from Roanoke.
Just take route 311 until you get there.