River Girl Fishing Company | NC Weekend | UNC-TV

River Girl Fishing Company | NC Weekend | UNC-TV


>>♪ OH, OH, OH ♪
>>IT’S IN TODD. I THINK IT’S MAGICAL. IT’S, UM, IN THE BLUE RIDGE
MOUNTAINS, THE OLDEST — SOME OF THE OLDEST MOUNTAINS IN THE
WORLD, ONE OF THE OLDEST RIVERS IN THE WORLD.>>♪ OH, OH, OH ♪
>>I TRULY FEEL THAT IT’S ONE OF THE MOST PERFECT WAYS TO MELT
AWAY ANY STRESSES THAT YOU HAVE IN LIFE. WHEN I’M OUT ON THE RIVER,
I DON’T THINK ABOUT BILLS. I DON’T THINK ABOUT ANYTHING
THAT BOTHERS ME. I JUST WATCH THE WATER FLOW,
AND I FEEL IT ALL MELTING AWAY.>>♪ OH, OH, OH ♪
>>HER NICKNAME IN COLLEGE WAS RIVER GIRL. THAT’S THE FIRST CLUE KELLY
McCOY LOVED THE OUTDOORS, ESPECIALLY ANYTHING TO DO WITH
WATER. WHEN SHE SETTLED IN TODD, SHE
OPENED RIVER GIRL FISHING COMPANY AND CHOSE THE HISTORIC
TRAIN DEPOT AS HER BASE OF OPERATIONS.>>RIVER GIRL FISHING COMPANY IS
RIVER GIRL FISHING COMPANY, NOT RIVER GIRL KAYAKING AND
TUBING, BUT IT HAS TURNED INTO SORT OF A MENAGERIE OF KAYAK
RENTALS, TUBE RENTALS, BICYCLE RENTALS. BUT, FIRST AND FOREMOST,
WE TEACH FLY-FISHING HERE. SEE HOW YOUR FLY’S BACK ON THE
SURFACE AGAIN? WE DO GUIDED FISHING TRIPS. WE’RE DOING ECO-TOURS WHERE WE
TALK ABOUT THE RIVER, TALK ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT IT.>>BASICALLY, I AM GOING OVER A
LOT OF THE PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES THAT ARE AROUND,
INCLUDING SOME OF THE STREAM CRUSTACEANS, SOME OF THE LITTLE
NYMPHS THAT ARE AROUND.>>WE’VE GOT THIS LITTLE CLAM
RIGHT HERE. AND RIGHT HERE WE’VE GOT A
LITTLE WATER-PENNY. THEY’RE REALLY COOL DUDES.>>YOU NEED ALL THOSE BEGINNING
THINGS TO FEED THE FISH, WHICH FEED THE BIRDS,
WHICH FEED THE MAMMALS. BUT YOU CAN TELL THE HEALTH OF A
STREAM BY LOOKING AT THOSE FIRST LITTLE BUGS THAT OCCUR UNDER THE
ROCKS.>>PART OF THAT VIBRANT ANIMAL
KINGDOM CAN BE FOUND INSIDE THE STORE, FIRST WITH PETUNIA,
THE POT-BELLIED PIG.>>I DIDN’T THINK I’D LOVE A
PIG, BUT I LOVE HER. [PIG SNORTING]
I THOUGHT, WOW, IT WOULD BE KIND OF NEAT, YOU KNOW, TO HAVE A
PIG. I DIDN’T KNOW SHE WOULD BECOME
THE BEST MARKETING TOOL THAT WE OWN HERE.>>ANOTHER RESIDENT IS A
HELLBENDER.>>THAT’S SOMETHING PRETTY
SPECIAL THAT WE WORKED ABOUT THREE YEARS TO GET THE
ENDANGERED SPECIES PERMIT TO BE ABLE TO HOUSE ONE OF THOSE. AND IT’S A GIANT SALAMANDER THAT
WILL BE ALMOST 2 1/2 FEET LONG WHEN THEY’RE FULL GROWN. THIS GUY’S ABOUT 3 YEARS OLD AND
ABOUT 8 INCHES LONG.>>OUTSIDE RIVER GIRL FISHING
COMPANY FOCUSES ON THE SOURCE OF THEIR BUSINESS, KEEPING THE
WATERS OF THE NEW RIVER CRYSTAL CLEAR.>>WE CLEAN UP THE RIVER THE
FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH.>>AND WE CALL IT TRASHY
TUESDAYS. WE STARTED DOING THIS ABOUT FOUR
YEARS AGO. AND WHAT WE DO IS EVERY BOAT
GOES OUT FOR FREE, BUT PEOPLE PICK UP GARBAGE ON THE WAY DOWN. WHOEVER BRINGS BACK THE MOST
GARBAGE I GIVE A FREE FLY-FISHING LESSON TO, WHICH IS
A $75 VALUE. WHOEVER BRINGS BACK THE COOLEST
GARBAGE GETS A FREE RIVER GIRL T-SHIRT. AND WE’VE GOT THIS HUGE FISH
TANK FILLED UP WITH ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BACK THAT HAVE
WON FREE T-SHIRTS. BUT THAT’S A GREAT WAY TO COME
MEET OTHER RIVER-LOVING PEOPLE, GET A FREE KAYAK RENTAL,
AND CLEAN THE RIVER AT THE SAME TIME.>>IT’S GOOD FOR BUSINESS, GOOD
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, AND IT INTRODUCES A WHOLE NEW
GENERATION TO THE WONDERS THIS RIVER HOLDS.>>FOR MY KIDS, I JUST THINK
IT — IT MAKES THEM HAPPIER. THEY DON’T — UM, THEY DON’T
SQUABBLE AS MUCH IF THEY’RE NOT FIGHTING OVER SOME SORT OF
COMPUTER DEVICE. THEY GET OUT HERE AND, UM,
LOOKING FOR ANIMALS, LOOKING FOR FISH, IT MAKES THEM HAPPY. GET OUT IN THE SUN.>>AND YOU GET TO GET WET AND
JUST RELAX BY DOING NOTHING BUT FLOATING.>>IT’S A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT
WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL CAN COMBINE THEIR PASSION WITH AN OCCUPATION
AND ALSO INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO SOMETHING THEY LOVE THE WAY
KELLY DOES FOR THE RIVER.>>YEAH, WE’VE GOT TO PROTECT
THE EARTH, I MEAN, BECAUSE WATER IS OUR NUMBER ONE RESOURCE. WE CAN GO A MONTH WITHOUT FOOD. WE’D BE SKIN AND BONES. BUT YOU CAN’T GO TWO DAYS
WITHOUT WATER DEPENDING ON WHAT ENVIRONMENT YOU’RE IN. THE ONE THING IS, I WANT TO
CONTINUE TO MAKE IT MORE EDUCATIONAL AND JUST MAKE SURE
EVERYONE LEAVES OUT OF HERE LOVING THE RIVER, LOVING, YOU
KNOW, GETTING THE KIDS OFF THE VIDEO GAMES AND GETTING THEM
OUTDOORS AND JUST BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR RIVER.>>THEY’RE OPEN FROM 9:00 TO
6:00 MONDAY THROUGH SUNDAY FROM APRIL THROUGH NOVEMBER.

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