Saturday, March 03, 2007

Trout Stocking in Volant today!

Today was trout stocking in Volant. 2500 people come to our little town to watch. Here's a great description of what goes on in Volant today!

Your fly's undone. That is, you haven't been able to go fly fishing. And the state's trout season doesn't open until April 15.

But you can still "wet" your appetite on the banks of Neshannock Creek on Saturday.

That's the date for the "Trout Stocking" of the famed Western Pennsylvania trout stream.

This unusual annual event makes a huge splash in the picturesque Lawrence County village of Volant. It makes for a lovely day trip even if you don't know your creel from a reel.

Here's the catch: On Saturday, the state Fish & Boat Commission trucks will arrive around noon or 1 p.m. with 16,100 trout to put into the stream, which, as a special-regulations area, is fishable year-round.

Meanwhile, hungry humans can partake of the Volant Volunteer Fire Department's pancake and sausage feed that will be going from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And Amish folk from the area will be selling baked goods and crafts.

What's a fish stocking like? Bob Shuey of Neshannock Creek Fly Shop says, "It's a very fun day for a family outing." Especially since children are encouraged to help carry buckets of rainbow
them stock the creek! Whenever you get to Volant, you'll find a charming bunch of 30 other shops and restaurants and even a relatively new winery, the Volant Mill Winery, which offers tours and tastings (724-533-2500). There's a B&B, too, the Candleford Inn ( or 724-533-4497), with others nearby.

Visit the Web site or call 724-533-5054.

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