Well maybe they’re more motivated to take a fly than I assumed. A couple of years ago a guy purchased the land on the south side of the creek. For some reason he keeps digging out the creek east of my house. Creating a pool that is deep and maybe 30 feet long. I think there were 14 or more of them in that pool a couple of days ago when walked down to check it out. Most of them about 14 inches. They also like to gather under a couple of nearby bridges.
If I recall correctly the one I hooked was taken on an oversized bushy brown soft hackle kebari. If they haven’t finished their mission and moved back down stream to the river maybe I will give it a go. But it’s raining today.
As the below link states. The appearance of spawning red horse is a clear sign spring has arrived to stay.
Anyway, from now until June I usually have good luck catching brook trout in the Greenbrier River before most of them migrate back into the shadier areas like Leatherback Run and other small feeder streams after it gets hotter. I can find a lot of brookies on Leatherbark Run in the summer, but it’s very bushy. I spend more time replacing kebari lost to tree branches than fishing. It’s a good place to go if my fly box has become overcrowded. And more often than not, they are in small pools with tree branches or tree roots growing only a foot or so above the water, almost impossible to drop a fly near them, and once spooked they stay hidden longer than I have patience waiting for them to come back out. Or the endurance to tolerate being lunch for biting insects as there is little wind to blow them away.
Leatherbark Run’s claim to fame is it is the highest stream in WV.