West Virginia Trout Fishing

At Harman's Luxury Log Cabins

Harman’s offers 2 miles of private access trophy trout stream, providing anglers the opportunity to fish for beautiful trophy trout. Our management plan has developed with years of experience to provide our guests a once in a lifetime trout fishing and fly fishing adventure. Visitors will experience the best West Virginia trout fishing at Harman's.

2022-2023 Stocking Program

August 18th, 2022,  our late summer and  fall stocking program started .   Because of cooler than normal temperatures and August rain, we stocked 2 times in August 2022.  The normal August hot weather and lower river flows are impacting the trout.  We plan to stock Labor Day Weekend.

In general  Harman’s typically stocks the stream 10 months of the year.   We stock up to 12 lb trout but our typical trout is 2-3 lbs.  In the past years  mostly rainbow trout with a few golden and tiger trout are stocked.   

Very Big trout are stocked anytime water volume permits.  Harman’s holds many trout 4-6 lbs and a few over 10lbs.

2022 Fall Trout Fishing 

  • Early Fall – The stream will be stocked Labor Day weekend. September is a month that we load the stream with trout. We stock the most fish the early part of September. 
    • September can be a low water month which may delay stocking.
  • October stockings the beginning of the month and mid month.
  • 6 Weeks of Stockings in a Row November & December 

2022-2023 Winter Trout Fishing

  • 6 Weeks of Stockings in a Row November & December 
  • January, February – We stock at least once a month.
  • Late February – We stock the last week of the month to load the stream for the first week of March.

2023 Spring Trout Fishing

  • March 1st Week – During spring, our largest number of trout are stocked in late Feb and the 1st week.  This trout stocking is used to re-load the stream with large trout.
  • April & May – We stock at least twice a month.  

2023 Summer Trout Fishing

  • Early Summer – The stream is stocked Memorial Day weekend or the first week of June.  This is the last stocking for the summer.
  • June – The first two weeks of June provide the best long day top water dry fishing.
  • Mid Summer – Harman’s does not stock from June 15 to August 15.  The high summer temperatures and lower water conditions are typically life threating to our trout.  We recommend early morning or late evening fishing only, as well as very quick release.  High temperatures and low water conditions from July 1 to August 15 can be deadly to many of the trout in our stream.
  • Late Summer – The stream can be stocked the last week of August if water conditions permit.  This stocking depends strictly on weather and water conditions.

Fishing Customer’s

Our private access to trophy trout fishing is presently provided “free to a Customer at Harmans” in 2022. In 2023 a minimal fee will be charged for a permit. 

Our fishing service is not guaranteed, bad water conditions can occur. Any higher water event is bad weather event is considered an “Act of God”.  Lodging refunds are not given for bad water or weather conditions.  Harman’s Log Cabin’s price of lodging is fair and reasonable for the lodging provided as a standalone fee. – See more at on our polices page.

Professional Fly Fishing Guides

Can be booked at our office in advance of your stay. Call 800-436-6254 for a guide.  We must schedule a guide.

Links to River Gauges for stream levels

The web links to river gauges for all of West Virginia are listed below:

 

Private Trophy Trout Stream Access

Our private trophy trout fishing is presently provided “free to our guest(s)” in 2022. In 2023 a minimal fee will be added for permits.

This service is not guaranteed.  Bad water conditions, which can include very high or low water, can occur.  These water and weather conditions are considered “Acts of God”. We do not provide refunds for bad water or weather conditions. The price of lodging is fair and reasonable for the lodging provided as a standalone fee.

Our stream access is restricted to only customers staying at the property.  Guests of customers may purchase a single day permit at the office. The stream access is managed as Catch & Release only with barbless hooks.

Harman’s requires guests to wear a visible identification permit, so we can clearly identify our guests at the stream.

Notice: A WV trout fishing license is required. We recommend purchasing it online before arrival.

Website: www.wvdnr.org

Stream Identification Private Access 1 & 2

Private Access Area 1 This private access section begins at the entrance to Harman’s and ends at the big rock cliff above log cabin #15. Both spinning tackle with artificial lures and fly rods are permitted on this section.

Private Access Area 2 This private access section begins above the rock cliff at cabin #15 to the upper riffle at the 3rd big hole. Both spinning tackle with artificial lures and fly rods are permitted. This may change without notice to fly fishing only or may be rented for a private executive retreat without notice.

Access to private access area 2 is via the road behind cabin #20 and #18.  This road may be traveled with a 4X4 vehicle.  Be aware, this road is to be used at you’re your own risk.  We use it to stock the upper property, so a 4X4 vehicle can easily use this road.  At the end of the road, fisherman can use hiking paths upstream to the 3rd big hole.  Much of my favorite water is on Section 2.

Fishing Customer’s

Our private access to trophy trout fishing is presently provided “free to a Customer at Harmans” in 2022. In 2023 a minimal fee will be charged for a permit. 

Our fishing service is not guaranteed, bad water conditions can occur. Any higher water event is bad weather event is considered an “Act of God”.  Lodging refunds are not given for bad water or weather conditions.  Harman’s Log Cabin’s price of lodging is fair and reasonable for the lodging provided as a standalone fee.

See more at: //www.wvlogcabins.com/policies/

Open year-round – Orvis Partnership 2022

In 2022 ORVIS and Harman’s entered into a partnership agreement.   Our fly shop will be outfitted with ORVIS products to provide the best fishing gear, clothing and flies for your fly fishing adventure.  In the Spring of 2023 our new ORVIS partnership will host 2 301 courses.   

Whatever your need, we will be happy to assist you in finding the gear, clothing, and flies for your fly fishing adventure.

In 2023 We may offer fly fishing rental equipment the details of this have not been completed with Orvis. Our large selection of flies covers our private trophy trout stream, as well as nearby Catch & Release streams and native rainbow, brook and brown trout streams.

Our distinctive Harman’s shirts, mugs, fleece, and hats make great gifts for yourself or someone special.  Here’s a list of things in our fly shop provided for your fly fishing adventure.

  • ORVIS Fly rods (primary rod 9’ 5 wt – medium/fast action)
  • ORVIS Fly rod & reel combo
  • ORVIS Gore Tex Breathable waders and boots
  • Fishpond fly vest or fanny pack or belts
  • RIO Leaders and line.
  • Nets
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hats (wide selection of hats to guard against sun)
  • Rain jacket
  • Winter Gloves and Winter Gear (if early/late season visit)
  • Long sleeved shirts (preferably with collars)
  • Polar fleece vest or jacket
  • Quick dry shorts/long pants
  • Fleece or nylon long pants to be worn under waders
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera

Frequently Asked Questions:

C&R stream Access.  The private stream access is managed as catch-and-release only.  

Only barbless, single hooks can be used.  Barbed and Treble hooks are not allowed.  

Only traditional fly fishing flies and artificial spinning lures or approved artificial lures may be used.  We recommend Trout Magnet, and/or Spinners without treble hooks.    No artificial lures with scent are allowed.  No Gulp scented products are allowed.  No scented salmon eggs or power bait.    

Yes, a Harman’s permit is required and must be viewable from a distance in order to fish at the stream. Starting March 2023 permit will cost a minimal fee.  Why? Harman’s is attempting to determine how many fishermen are on property at one time and how many per cabin.  By charging a minimal fee, we will be able to determine the best management practices for our guests in the future. 

Non – guests may purchase a single day permit at the property office.  Permits are managed on a first come/first server basic and stream usage.     

  The standard rod used by our customer’s is a 9 ft 5 wt.  Our trout range from 1 1/2 lbs to 10 lbs.

 Both. We recommend having waders on at all times.

A net is mandatory for fishing at Harman’s.  The net is used to keep the trout in/over the water and off the bank of the stream.  

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