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for the mill and blacksmith shop declined. Rockbridge became abandoned. In 1954, Lile, Edith and Ray


Amyx began to develop the Rock- bridge Rainbow Trout and Game Ranch, adding a fish hatchery consisting of one wire cage sitting in the creek. Today, the ranch still is owned


by the Amyx family and raises 300,000 fish annually. The eggs are taken by hand, the hatchlings are fed by hand and the trout are moved by hand. “We put 8,000 to 10,000 fish in


the water at one time to start the fishing season,” said Hatchery Manager Dave Cahoon, noting it takes more than two years to raise the fish from eggs to two pounds. Cahoon said he has raised some


of the trout to 10 pounds, and once had a monster 13-pounder. Rockbridge is well known for


Trout fishing is the star at Rockbridge, but don’t tell that to the resort’s well-groomed horses, and the guests who like to ride.


its trout fishing. Experienced an- glers and beginners fish in the spring-fed stream. The ranch of- fers fly fishing instruction and guide services. They also will clean, freeze and package your catch for a fee. Fishing is one of the main


28 Living Well i June/July 2014


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