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Fly Fishing North Fork of the Cherry River
The North Fork of the Cherry River is one of two
headwaters streams that form the main stem of the Cherry
River. It begins in southeastern Pocahontas County.
There's a "catch and release, fly fishing only" 1.8- mile
section of the North Fork of the Cherry River extending
upstream from Richwood’s water supply dam to first state
Route #39 bridge. You can access the "catch and release"
section from state Route #39. Fly fishing the North Fork
Cherry River is best in the "catch and release" section.
The section of the river upstream from the bridge is
managed under normal put and take regulations.
The North Fork of the Cherry is stocked with rainbows,
browns and some golden rainbow trout. It also has a
population of native brook trout. The stream holds over
trout well and there are larger trout that have grown from
The North Fork Cherry is a small, pristine stream. It usually
runs clear and fast. There's plenty of runs and deep pools
and some riffles. There are plenty of pull-over areas along
route 39/55. In many places the stream is well covered
with overhanging tree limbs and casting can be rather tight
in some areas. The stream flows through the
Monongahela National Forest.
This stream is a good example of aquatic reclamation. At
one time the PH of the water was very low or acidic The
Department of Natural Resources started treating the
stream with limestone a few years ago and the stream is
now capable of staining a good population of trout.
Fly fishing the North Fork of the Cherry River is best in the
Spring and Fall months.
Spring provides the best fly fishing opportunities due to
The stream stays rather cool during the summer and the
fishing can be good especially early and late in the day.
Fall is an excellent time to fish the North Fork Cherry.
Fly fishing remains good all winter provided the weather
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