MARLINTON -A group of Marlinton businesses and citizens are once again teaming up to sponsor the trout stocking of the Greenbrier River in Marlinton.
This is the third straight year Community Activists Stocking Trout (CAST) has stocked the river.
The program's success was voiced by the businesses in the area who saw increased traffic due to the stocking and by visitors who noted more fishing activity along the Greenbrier River.
Brian Tankersley, of Mitchell Chevrolet, said he's already had people calling about renting cabins just so they can come to Marlinton to fish.
"We encourage fishing along the Greenbrier because it's such an impressive waterway and it's within walking distance to many who live in Marlinton," Tankersley said. "Fishing is great recreation for families, for young people and for senior folks.
"We've done this for two previous years now and the enthusiasm has been very encouraging."
The first two fish stocks occurred on April 10 and Tuesday. Later dates later include May 8 and May 22.
Chuck Workman, owner of Appalachian Sport and partner in the program said, "We're expanding the initiative and adding more partners this year. This is something positive for Marlinton and not only brings visitors but also gives residents some fun time down at the river."
Fishing in the Greenbrier River offers opportunities for different kinds of fisherman.
"The Greenbrier River can easily be fly-fished with its open banks. You can use either power bait ort night crawlers," Tankersley said. "If you throw in a jig or rooster tail, well you never know what you'll bring up out of the water."
The Greenbrier River has long been fished for blue gill, Smallmouth bass, and Rock bass.
Pocahontas County is known as the Birthplace of Rivers where eight rivers' headwaters begin.
In the spring, trout fishermen from all over West Virginia and surrounding states travel to Pocahontas County seeking to snag the illusive Trout, well known for its savvy ability to avoid the hook.
Annually in West Virginia, 400,000 anglers spend nearly seven million collective days out on the water, according the West Virginia Small Business Development.
Contributions may be made CAST and sent to the Pocahontas County CVB at P.O. Box 275, Marlinton WV.
For additional information, call the CVB office at 304-799-4636 or Chuck Workman at 304-799-4050.