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Bridgeport native’s fishing show lands a big one


Curtis Fleming interviews Jerry West for the first episode of the new season of "Fly Rod Chronicles," which will air this week beginning on Monday.
Curtis Fleming interviews Jerry West for the first episode of the new season of “Fly Rod Chronicles,” which will air this week beginning on Monday.

By Mary Wade Burnside


CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Curtis Fleming made a deal with his fellow Bridgeport native, former Miss West Virginia Kaitlin Gates, as they prepared to fish the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers for the show he hosts, “Fly Rod Chronicles.”

If he caught the biggest fish during their August outing, she would don fly fishing clothes for her first day back at class at West Virginia University.

And if she caught the biggest fish, Fleming would wear her sash and crown around The Angler’s Inn in Harpers Ferry, where the two were staying as they filmed for three days on the two rivers.

“So if you go to our photo account, you can see photos of me wearing her sash and crown,” laughed Fleming. “She caught the biggest fish.”

That show of the new season of “Fly Rod Chronicles” will air the week of March 9 on the Outdoor Channel. But the season starts off Monday with another very special guest star — NBA great Jerry West, a contact that Fleming made through a former and upcoming guest, coach Bob Huggins of the WVU men’s basketball team.

The Jerry West episode, filmed at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs and on the nearby Greenbrier River, will debut at 11 a.m. Monday on the Outdoor Channel and will repeat, as all the shows do, throughout the week at 7 a.m. and noon the following Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

“You can see in the show just how competitive Jerry still is,” Fleming said. “It turned real competitive real quick. Coach Huggins is the same way.”

The episode with Gates came about because Fleming graduated from Bridgeport High School with Gates’ mother, Louisa, who called Fleming up and asked if her daughter could be on the show…

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