The bounty and variety of West Virginia’s trout fishing is one of the latest tools the state is using to hook the interest of business executives. The state is featured on the Outdoor Channel’s “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming,” which kicked off Jan. 1.
The West Virginia Department of Commerce has made West Virginia a presenting sponsor for the 2013 season of “Fly Rod Chronicles.”
The sponsorship includes 13 original 30-minute episodes. Six shows will be filmed on public streams, rivers or lakes in the state; West Virginia will be integrated into the other seven shows. Three individuals will be selected by the West Virginia Department of Commerce as special guests. In addition, Fleming will make several personal appearances throughout the state.
A West Virginia native from Bridgeport, host and executive producer Curtis Fleming travels the world to find and experience the best hunting and fishing. The Jan. 1 episode, entitled “Pipestem Trout Wrangler,” was shot on a remote portion of the Bluestone River in November.
Beyond the passionate audience of those who love to fly fish — along with many outdoor and recreational enthusiasts — the show provides an opportunity to nationally showcase West Virginia, as Fleming spends time with the locals, tours the communities and provides viewers with an opportunity to learn about the culture and scenic landmarks of the state.
Pipestem Resort State Park offers sport fishermen a Trout Wrangler package which includes horseback transportation to the Bluestone River Gorge, meals, lodging and a fly fishing guide, said Ed Wooton, outdoor specialist at Pipestem.
Check your local listings and cable channels for broadcast information.
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