After fishing the Casselman River earlier in the day, I headed to the Potomac River in Luke, MD. At the foot of the Verso paper mill where the Savage River and Potomac River meet, I and my friend threw streamers on sinking lines. We saw very little life – a few small midges, but nothing else hatching, and nothing clinging to the rocks. And not a single fish.
This place lacks the scenic charm of the Savage or Casselman Rivers, with the paper mill and a charcoal factory occupying the West Virginia bank, and apparently fall of last year saw a major latex spill from the Verso factory (something I didn’t know until today).
If I return to the North Branch, I’ll go the rest of the way to the Catch and Release portion of the river, farther upstream.