The Roanoker - September/October 2016 - 70
Shooting, riding, pausing
Steven Cage (left) snaps a shot; Sarah
Sammett (center) rides the greenway; Kim
Tresky pauses in her cycle.
and he already has a light
brown plastic salamander
tied to a jig with a pink head.
"I caught a 16 ½-inch smallmouth
bass here once," he proudly-and justifiably-proclaims. "I've got a secret
"Light brown plastic salamander on
a pink jig?" I inquire.
Howell looks to the side, sheepishly
grins... then changes the subject.
"I started out fishing the Roanoke
from the bank near my
home in Wasena," he
says. "The fishing was so good
for trout and smallmouth that I decided to start floating the river and
been doing it ever since."
The next person I meet is Jamie
Gold from Sterling. While the previous interviewees are all in their 60s
and retired (except for Howell who
works part-time at a dry cleaner's),
Gold is a hard-charging, 46-year-old
ROANOKE MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES
A business that has taken advantage of the Roanoke River's improved health and scenery is Roanoke Mountain Adventures. RMA offers kayaking, tubing and paddle boarding on the river as well as cycling and hiking in the surrounding
area. James Revercomb, who along with his dad Jim operates the business, explains why they came here.
"We chose Roanoke because we saw a great business opportunity," he says. "There wasn't anyone offering what we
do, and Roanoke is right between two major rivers, the James and New, and the mountains and the Appalachian Trail
are so close as is the Jefferson National Forest."
Recercomb says the company's Wasena shop lies in a vibrant urban area, yet the company's clientele can enjoy nature
right behind their shop or 30 to 60 minutes away on the two other rivers, as well as Carvins Cove and national forest.