Trout Recon – Youghiogheny (Friendsville, MD)

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After working upstream from Friendsville in the Hoyes Run area all day, we took a quick run up to Friendsville just to see what the water looked like.  Our intention the following day was to either drive or walk south from Friendsville to get to some of the water discussed on AmericanWhitewater.com .

I’m glad we took the time to do this as we were not impressed by the look of the water around Friendsville. Maybe it gets better the farther south you go – something I have to check out later.  But, it looked dull, slack and low in the Friendsville town area.

We walked down the road to Kendall for a quarter mile to see if it changed dramatically – no luck.  Based on the visual from both sides of the river, this really does not look like a good area.  Your time may be better spent on Bear Creek which flows into Friendsville on the southeastern side. 

The other thought on any water like this in or near a town is that folks like me will take one look and keep going – so it may be a hidden treasure that everyone skips. 

Pressure:  Not assessed since we did not fish here.  I did not see anyone else fishing

Getting There:  Just look up Friendsville in MapQuest.  Work your way to the river and follow the road along the east of the river going south.  You will see the closed gate that marks the trail to Kendall.  Park there and just walk on in.

Friendsville Gage

Bottom line: Can’t really come to a conclusion because we did not walk far enough towards Kendall.  I bet that the water gets better the farther upstream you go.  After all, the whitewater kayakers use this part of the river and there has to be enough water to make them happy.

This is the trail down to a locked gate that is the start of the road to Kendall

Water at the bridge south of the gate to Kendall

Shot looking upstream

Shot #1 on the drive by – slow and stagnant looking

Looking south from the west bank

Looking north from the west bank

Picture looking downstream at the whitewater takeout

Looking upstream at the whitewater takeout

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

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Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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