We’re sure of it. Your fly-fishing adventure awaits at Nemacolin. In fact, fly fishing might just be one of the greatest outdoor activities you’ll experience.
The Nemacolin Times chatted it up with The Nemacolin Field Club Manager Mike Steiner, a long-time, Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing professional and instructor who has been guiding the streams and rivers of the Laurel Highlands for more than 15 years. We asked him about the serene connection made with the outdoors, about what guests and members of the resort are requesting, and about the streams Nemacolin uses.
Here’s what he had to say:
The Nemacolin Times: Do you have to know what you’re doing to fly fish at Nemacolin?
Mike Steiner: Our fly-fishing guests are unique, and we see all levels of experience. Each individual trip is tailored and customized to fit what our guests are looking for. This can range from focusing on the basics of fly fishing, learning specific techniques, or goaling to catch a particular species of trout. No matter the level of experience, the biggest common denominator is enjoying the outdoors to enhance or learn a new skill.
TNT: What are guests, members, and clients looking for in a fly-fishing experience?
MS: Our fly-fishing guests are looking to be outside enjoying nature while we teach them, enhance their experience, and put a few fish in the net. Some are looking to improve their casting form or specific fishing techniques like dry fly fishing or European-style nymphing. We can accommodate any kind of angler to provide the experience they are looking for.
TNT: What streams are used when fly fishing through a Nemacolin experience?
MS: At Nemacolin, we are blessed to have multiple rivers and streams in the Laurel Highlands and Western Maryland that we utilize for guiding. These streams range from small, freestone mountain streams to large tailwater rivers with excellent angling opportunities. They are all top-notch; if they weren’t we wouldn’t use them.
We have a private section of Meadow Run where Nemacolin manages a ½ mile stretch of the stream. This section was enhanced specifically for trout fishing by Clearwater Restoration group of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They renovated and restored this stretch of stream to optimize the trout habitat and spawning area.
The Casselman River, in Grantsville, Maryland, is great for all experience levels, and fishing in the Youghiogheny River (the Yough, for short), you enjoy a large tailwater river that offers year-round trout fishing, rivaling any river across the United States.
Beaver Creek is another memorable adventure, where the sights and sounds of nature come alive with mountain waters that cut through rocks in the stream, creating quiet pools and churning rapids where the fish hide and run.