Thursday, June 20, 2019
Unlike our four-month expedition in 2013, the sun was shining. We drove through beautiful country, north on I81, west on 33, then north on 220. We have driven 220 on many sections and is one gorgeous road.
We reached our destination, Bumblebee RV Park just outside Accident, Maryland. The new owner, Lisa, met us and showed us around. It’s a nice, little campground with good restroom/shower facilities and very nice owners.
We quickly went on reconnaissance for fishing the Savage River above and below the Savage River Reservoir. We watched several people fishing a large bridge pool without any luck, then headed on to the Savage River Fly Shop. The owner, Mike, met us, and was very nice about telling us the lay of the land and what to do. He has 3 very nice cabins for rent right on the river and his small shop has a little of everything one might need to fish the area. We almost had a trip-ending accident in Accident. Kelly was helping me unhook the trailer spring bar. There was too much pressure on it, and when it sprung, the release bar barely missed his valuables.
We decided to fish above the reservoir, where native brook trout live. There are several tributaries around the reservoir ranging greatly in both length and size. We fished Poplar Lick for a couple of hours with several strikes, and Kelly caught a small one. Maybe tomorrow we will try below the tailwater section.
We then returned to the campground and, over cocktails and dinner, began our recollections and comparisons of today and our Canada trip six years ago.