Posted on 30 November 2010.
Author: Herschel Finch (doahriverrat)…
About the river: The main stem of the Shenandoah River begins at the conflux of the North and South Forks at Riverton, VA. Riverton is actually a part of Front Royal, VA (my hometown) these days. But back in the day, it was a separate town and was a main stop for the flat boats I mentioned in the South Fork article. Here at Riverton, the flatboats would be unloaded, goods sold and even the boats themselves would be knocked apart for the lumber they contained and the lumber then sold, because you sure as heck weren’t getting a boat that was 12-14 foot wide and up to 80 feet long back upriver! Many houses and out buildings in the old parts of both Front Royal and Riverton contain structural beams and timbers with tell-tale mortises, holes and square joints that were used to hold the boats together.
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Posted in Article, River Descriptions, Virginia
Posted on 01 March 2010.
Congrats to Patrick Reif for being selected as March 2010′s River Basser of the Month! Patrick has been nominated by his fellow River Bassers for his dedication to spreading the word about our unique sport. Patrick is very involved in getting new people onto the water, which is exactly what river fishing needs! Patrick’s also been out on the water recently, getting rid of the skunk for the year, you can check out the Virginia Forum for his story there. It’s this hard work in spreading the word and dedication to the sport that have made Patrick our newest Basser of the Month.
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Posted in Basser of the Month, March
Posted on 21 November 2009.
About the river: The North fork of the Shenandoah River is an entirely unique river. Where the south fork is wide, with lazy sweeping bends with wide vistas and scenic views of the Blue Ridge and fairly benign in nature, the north fork tends to be narrow, winding, heavily forested with overhead tree canopy and have some chutes and drops that can be downright dangerous at certain water levels. You can float the south fork all year round, regardless of gauge levels, although I don’t recommend trying it above Read the full story
Posted in Learning Center, River Descriptions, Virginia
Posted on 01 September 2009.
Submitted by: Herschel Finch (DoahRiverRat)
About the river: The Shenandoah is actually 3 distinct Rivers: The south fork, the north fork, and the mainstem. It’s easier to write about as three separate rivers so I’ll begin this series discussing my favorite (and my ‘home’ water), The south fork of the Shenandoah River.
The Shenandoah figures large in American History and especially the during the years after the Revolution and the westward expansion into the interior. The Shenandoah Valley was never home to vast numbers of indigenous Americans. It was used more as a warring and hunting ground and the river itself as a fishery. Many old Indian fish dams are still present on the river (all three sections) and were used by the colonials and well into the 1800s as well. You’ll recognize them as being Read the full story
Posted in River Descriptions, Virginia, West Virginia