Graves Mountain Lodge Trout Heritage Kids Fishing Day Nets Big Trout
The Annual Graves Mountain Lodge Trout Heritage Kids Fishing Day Saturday April 1st was a big success. Fortunately, the heavy rains on Friday did not affect the water quality Saturday morning in Rose River . The ‘kids only’ fishing area had been specially stocked Friday afternoon and patrolled by a team of CPOs. Sunny skies and 50-60 degree temperatures made for smiles up and down the banks full of anxious families eager to catch trout. An estimated 200 youngsters, plus another 200 family members, spread out along the banks of the Rose River wading in the rocky shallows.
The “have fun” attitude of all the participants was just great and it was wonderful to watch the families helping the kids fish, even if they weren’t their own; putting power bait on the hooks, getting lines patiently untangled, hooks out of caught trout, and getting slippery, fidgety trout on the stringer. Lots of trout were caught, including a few Citations. The DGIF exhibit was the highlight of the pavilion [except for the delicious food served by the Graves]. The four Complementary Work Force [CWF] volunteers (John McMann, Jerry Chambers, Bill Taylor, and Bob Stover) and CPO’s gave individual attention to the kids, their parents and mentors on a variety of topics and handed out a lot of educational materials. With it being opening day of the Youth Spring Turkey Hunting weekend, TOR Editor David Coffman had a variety of turkey calls for the kids to try. The Red Corn Snake was, as always, the star of the show- with as many repeat fans as newcomers. The Rapidan Chapter of Trout Unlimited co-sponsors this event and provides fishing poles, tackle and bait for kids who do not have their own. The TU members roamed the river bank to lend assistance in catching and caring for trout. Jimmy and Rachael Graves, along with their family and staff, were gracious hosts for the event and tended to their guests every need to make a successful, fun filled day of fishing and family fun. Already looking forward to next year!
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