Local fishermen find contentment at Little Wilbur

3:17 am | June 14, 2013

Fishing can be a great sport, even when the honey hole is half empty — according to four anglers that I spoke with on Thursday. Cool temperatures and rainy conditions didn’t stop Steve Roark, Dave Jones, Brian Rader and Roy Hartley from casting their lines into Little Wilbur hoping to land a prize catch.

Photo by Tim ChambersSteve Roark (seated), Brian Rader (kneeling) and Dave Jones put their rods to good use near the Little Wilbur Dam on Thursday night.

Photo by Tim Chambers
Steve Roark (seated), Brian Rader (kneeling) and Dave Jones put their rods to good use near the Little Wilbur Dam on Thursday night.

Roark was enjoying a quite afternoon on the concrete platform after working his day job in Mountain City.

“I come up here every evening,” said Roark. “Some call it fishing, but I call it resting. I moved here from Johnson City in April and found this spot that I love. This is the best relaxation that one can get. I don’t care about catching a big fish. I’ll give mine to somebody else if they want it. This just helps me to get work off my mind.”

Jones, the elder statesman, loves the Wilber area. He laughed when I asked him why he liked to fish there every day.

“I’ve got an ex-wife in Pennsylvania, so I come up here because I’m that much farther away from her,” he said. “You can get anything off your mind up here. Plus you’re surronded by a lot of good people, too.”

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