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I know a lot of you wonder about what keeps pulling some of us back to the Smith River in Bassett VA. Wonder no longer. Here is your chance to see that the "Smiff", as several others call it, does indeed hold more brown trout then most streams within easy driving distance. The fish are there but they are not easy pickings like on "bluelines" or delayed harvest streams. Pay your dues, learn what works and what doesn't and you can puff out your chest and likely catch trout anywhere. For sure it will make you a better fisherman.

Don't forget it also holds a lot of Rainbows during stocking season.
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VDGIF will conduct their annual multi-location sampling of the Smith River Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 11-13. This is a wading sample and requires a large crew. Volunteers are always appreciated. If you don't feel comfortable wading there are several land based tasks you can assist with. You're also welcome to just come by to observe - VDGIF Biologists welcome your questions.

Here is the projected schedule - GPS locations are close to the actual locations.

Day 1: August 11, 2015

1. Meet at sampling site at 10 AM, Yellow Stairs 36 47’ 38” N by 80 01’ 03 “ W (This is up the road going to the base of the dam - just before road turns to gravel)

2. Travel to next sampling site (lunch) Bassett Library 36 45’ 45” N by 79 59’ 45” W

3. Travel to next sampling site, Shady view Road 36 44’ 15” N by 79 56’ 24” W (Site of the old church at dead end road on downstream side of 220 Bypass)


Day 2: August 12, 2015

1. Meet at sampling site 9:00 AM, Bassett Mirror Plant 36 47’ 14” N by 79 59” 51” W (travel to the back side of the plant, through the field to the far left corner to the sampling site) sample and then have lunch (this will be a 3-pass depletion - During the 2014 sample we moved the fish collected from this site to below MV Dam so it will be interesting to see if this site replenished itself)

2. Travel to next sampling site, Derelict Bridge 36 44’ 15” N by 79 57’ 26” W (Stanleytown Bridge - near CVS)

4. Travel to next sampling site, Sewage Plant 36 41’ 35” N by 79 55’ 32” W


Day 3: August 13, 2015

1. Meet at sampling site 9:00 AM, Dam site 36 47’ 37” N by 80 01’ 34” W (same road as Yellow Stairs - this site is just before big pool called Lemon's Hole - steep concrete steps to small cabin on right of road/stream - During the 2014 sample we also moved the fish collected from this site to below MV Dam so it will be interesting to see if this site replenished itself)

Contact Al Kittredge email [email protected] or cell phone 910-624-3457 for up-to-date information as to time and location.
 
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