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Review of West Virginia's Harman's Cabins
Recently, I was cruising YouTube and saw a great video on a trip to the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River and Harman's Cabins in West Virginia. The video was posted by Rob Rice, field staff for Appalachian Trophy TV. The video is below along with a review from Rob of Harman's Cabins.
GFN: How were the accommodations at Harman's Cabins?
This was our 6th time in the past 7 years staying at Harman's Cabins. The accommodations are nice enough that our wives book the cabin each year. Each cabin has everything you need to feel at home. They are clean, nicely decorated, have a washer & Dryer and a kitchen ready to go. They also each have hot tubs which are nice after a long day on the river. Not sure about all, but the cabins we've stayed in have pool tables as well. The cabins also have large screen TV's with satellite and DVD players. The property has hiking trails with great views of the mountains and river below. Several tourist stops are nearby to keep no-fisherpeople entertained if need be.
GFN: You fished the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac. When were you there? How was the fishing?
We were there during the first week of April this year, but have stayed there during March and May in previous years. The fishing is why we go back each year! The river is always loaded with fish that are willing to bite (even during the middle of the day). This year we probably averaged 15 fish per day. Many days you loose track of how many you catch.
GFN: Your video had some big fish. What was your biggest of the trip?
The biggest fish were equivalent to steelhead I've caught around Erie PA. We landed 3 steelhead size fish that were 7+ lbs. The average was between 14 and 16 inches. All rainbows. I was filming for a show (Appalachian Trophy TV) so the footage on YouTube was extra I had of my buddies.
GFN: What were your most productive baits/lures?
We had the best luck fishing a wooly bugger with an egg pattern 14" or so below the bugger. Also had good luck fishing shad darts. Both setups were below a bobber/strike indicator. We were using fly tackle with spinning gear. I know, I know.... We catch crap from my fly fishing buddies, but it works for us!
What advice do you have for anyone that is thinking about staying at Harman's Cabins?
Ed Wooten runs their pro-shop and is more than willing to help anyone with questions. They offer fly fishing lessons as well as guided trips. My advice would be to GO. Take your wife and let her relax. She will probably enjoy the peace and quiet so much you won't need to look for an excuse to go back.