Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 27
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May 19, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 27

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5C -- Ma a% I *7 4 Sunday Caxette-Mail Charleston, West Vi/ginis /?y Skip Johnson SHAVERS FORK RIVER - The fish-for-fun stretch of the Shavers Fork River wasn't much fun last week, but the food at the Pocahontas Motel saved the day. In fact. Dabney Kisner's cooking and the general appeal of a visit to Cheat Mountain in the springtime were what lured me to Shavers Fork in the first place, so I wasn't too disappointed that the weather spoiled the trout fishing. 1 even was able to shrug off being virtually trapped in the middle of a swift, rocky river, escaping finally with no more damage than a wader full of water. The rain had begun about 4 a.m. that day and was falling gently but persistently when my cousin. Virgil Johnson, and 1 headed for the river. We had fished during the middle of the afternoon the previous day. in bright sunlight, without success. It was raining briskly when we reached the end of the Crouch Run road, where a d a m p - l o o k i n g f a i r y d i d d l e scampered about, disregarding the weather. The day before we had seen a snowshoe rabbit that was in the process of turning back to its brown summer coat. Only its hind quarters and part of its stomach were still white. DABNEY KISNER Spinners Best for Early Fishing If you aren't f a m i l i a r with the fish-for-fun stretch, it is reached by turning off U.S. 250 on Cheat Mountain between Elkins and Durbin. Four roads -- Whitmeadow. Crouch, Yokum and McGee -- lead to the river. The stream is stocked with large trout and anglers must use artificial lures with barbless hooks. All fish must be returned to the water, except that you may keep one trout 18 inches or bigger, providing you immediately quit fishing. Fly fishermen wouldn't have "liked the Shavers Fork last week. It rolled off Cheat Mountain dark and swift, and the best lures in that kind of water are spinner flies weighted with splitshot sinkers and fished deep. "If you don't get hung up often, you aren't fishing deep enough.' said Kisner, owner of the Pocahontas Motel on Rt. 250 near Durbin and a man who knows Shavers Fork as well as anybody. ,.Kisner gave us some "Dabney Special" lures, which are barb- less spinner flies made especially for the fish-for-fun section by Herb Little of Morgantown. Using the Dabney Special I got a rise in the center of a "V" made by the current flowing past a barely submerged rock. Three casts later, the .trout struck again, and this time he took the spinner, but he flopped loose in the swift water. By this time, the rain was beating a tune on the water and tiny streams were running down my back. One more strike and a wader full of the Shavers Fork later, I returned to the car and found Virgil sound asleep. "·'"-"- Rain Spoils Further Fishing The 'situation called for ,a retreat to the motel, where the home-cooked food is unique for a rural roadside restaurant. It is good enough to attract Sunday diners from as far away as Elkins. The specialty of the house is German pot roast, which is superb. Kisner was given the recipe several years ago by a restaurant owner from Washington, D.C., who was a guest at the motel. . . But it isn't the only good dish served up by Dabney and Rene Kisner. Everything is good, starting with Breakfast and continuing through the last cup of coffee of the day. Rain and fog continued to sweep over Cheat that afternoon as we watched on television as the Celtics beat the Bucks for the NBA title. , . Late in the afternoon, the rain stopped and the sun came out and glistened on the maple buds and sarvas blossoms around the motel. We had planned on trying the late evening fishing, but when we reached the river it was high and reddish muddy. Since fishing was out of the question, we drive along U.S. Forest Service roads in the area, enjoying the scenery and watching for deer (we saw six). The evening sun lit up the spring foliage and was a memorable sight. No Opportunity to Use Dry Flies Shavers Fork gets muddy more quickly now than it once did, a result of poorly constructed timbering roads and strip mining that has occurred on Mower Lumber Co. property on the upper part of the river. For years, Mower ^eft the Ideation and grading of haul and skid roads to the .timer subcontractor, and some of them were not placed properly. Mower has sought to remedy this lately by taking a hand in the planning of such roads. The stripping is occurring on Red Run, a tributary of Shavers Fork. Another application farther upstream, recently denied by the Department of Natural Resources,,has been appealed by the operator and a hearing is scheduled in June. The jury is still out on the long-term effects oh the Shavers Fork of such activities, but the stakes are high, including a splendid trout stream and the $4 million Bowden Federal, Fish Hatchery that depends on the river as its main source of water. On the final night of our stay at Pocahontas Motel, the wind, howled across Cheat and the next morning j,he temperature was 35 degrees. Even if the water had been clear, there would have been no insect hatches and no opportunity to use the Hairwing Coachman dry flies I had saved especially for the Shavers Fork. ' .. ·. . · " · ' : ' " ·'. 8-Week Scuba Course Scheduled for Sutton SUTTON - The Central West Virginia Scuba Club will sponsor scuba lessons this summer at the Sutton Swimming Pool beginning June 16. The course will last approximately eight weeks and will meet each Sunday afternoon. Each lesson will include two hours of lecture and two hours of in-water training, with Rich Lauer of Parkersburg instructing the class. Two separate courses will be taught, with one for begin-' ning divers and one for divers desiring to work on an advanced rating. Beginning divers will re- .ceive the YMCA and PADI 'basic diver certification, and the advanced divers will earn the PADI advanced diver certification. Anyone interested in taking these lessons, should contact s e c r e t a r y B i l l M a r t i n a t 765-5241 or write the Central * New York Athletes Attacking Social Problems West Virginia Scuba Club, Box 49, Sutton, W. Va. 26601. The club, organized last year, has 11 members. They include Phoesa Mace, president; James Mallory, vice- president; Martin, secretary- treasurer; and David Thomas, Jon Hoover, Danny Williams, Joe Pettit, Bob Harris, Joe McPherson, Danny Fame- mire and Jay Chidester. Schmidt's Playing Status Uncertain P I T T S B U R G H ( A P ) Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt had a dirt particle removed from his eye at a local hospital, m a k i n g life status in Saturday's game with the Pittsburgh. Pirates uncertain. Schmidt was scheduled for an examination at Eye and Ear Hospital. NEW YORK (AP) - The professional athletes of New York are banding together in a project designed to pay back the city and its sports fans for their support. "It's an idea whose time has come," said Dick Barnett, president of Athletes For a Better Urban Society. The idea is to utilize the athletes of New York...from every professional team in every professional sport...year round in programs working with the city's young people. "It not just clinics." said Barnett. "It's much more than that. The resource of professional athletes has not been tapped properly. We have a visible role to play." 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