West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

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Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

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Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Fly fishing clinic, train ride, at Cass Scenic Railroad May 31 and June 1

5/9/2014
Cass Railroad
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park hosts a fly fishing clinic May 31 and June 1.
It could be the name of a song, “Trains and Fishing.” But it’s the focus of a fly fishing workshop at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park May 31–June 1.
 
“We’re casting this two-day workshop to anyone who wants to learn or try fly fishing,” said Monica Fleming, Cass activity coordinator. “The basics of equipment, stream biology, fly tying and types of flies to use for streams, casting and basic knot tying will be included.” 
 
For experienced anglers, this clinic teaches fly fishing techniques. A Sunday expedition into the Shaver's Fork area will be a fishing experience akin to Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River," only of a shorter duration, according to Fleming.
 
The workshop is open to any angler. The fee of $250 includes instruction, stream ecology, a train ride to Spruce, two boxed lunches and a set of flies. Equipment is not included. 
 
Workshop instructors are Jim Rainey, C. "Biff" Healy, and Jeff Steltzer. Anglers will need a West Virginia fishing license with trout and national forest stamps. Licenses are available online at www.wvfish.com.
 
The course outline, equipment needed for the workshop and class and the departure times are posted at the Cass Scenic Railroad website, [2]www.cassrailroad.com. Company house rentals also are available in the town of Cass. To register for the Fly Fishing Workshop or to reserve a company house, call 304-456-4300. 
 
 
 
About the Instructors
 
Jim Rainey is a 25-year retired Army veteran who spent the past 20 years working in the nonprofit world as a fundraiser and association executive. In his "second career," he has been Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and Executive Director of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF). He is an IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor. Jim is a 33-year member of Trout Unlimited (TU) and has served on the boards of three TU chapters.
 
C. "Biff" Healy, a graduate of West Virginia University and Butler County Community College, is an avid fly fisherman, fly tier and rod builder. Biff has pursued trout for more than 40 years and is now an instructor of the art and a member of Trout Unlimited, Cumberland Valley Chapter. Healy is a retired Pennsylvania law enforcement officer and was employed at Holly River State Park as a naturalist for several summers after retiring. 
 
Jeff Steltzer is a graduate of Colgate University. Retired after 40 years of steelmaking, coal mining and benefaction, Steltzer has 50+ years of fly fishing experience and is a specialist in small stream fly fishing. He is master of the bow and arrow cast.

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