Laurel Fork

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Stream Category: Put and Take B

Wild Trout: 

Stocked Trout: Brown and Brook

Other Species of Note: None

Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis

Nymphs: Stone Flies, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares, Midges, Mop Flies, and Squirmmy Wormies, 

Streamers: Kreelex, Minnow Patterns 

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Casting: Overhead, Tuck, and Roll.

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About:

Ok so I might be a tad bit biased when it comes to this stream; mainly because I grew up five minutes away from this stream, and it is fed by the pond at Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Not to mention the fact that the stream is on private property and the owners let people fish it, my hat goes off to you people. 

For the majority of the stream you can walk it in an open field, just be aware that there are live stock in these fields, and that you should always close a gate that you have to open. As for the stream, it is a traditional mountain spring fed, sandy bottom stream that meanders slowly through farm land. When there is not a lot of rain, the stream runs slow, however after a good rain this stream runs fast. 

The fishing can be tough because of the bushes located all along of the stream bead, but if you are using a euro nymph set up you should be fine. On other parts of the stream, it opens up and you can use just about any cast. 

Apparently this stream was once a wild brook and brown trout streams, sadly though that is not the case. However this stream, along with Mabry Mill Pond, would be an excellent project for Trout Unlimited to look into restoring as a wild trout area, as long as the Federal Government/VDGIF/and the land owners would allow it. Honestly it is my firm belief that it could be a top destination to those that like to fish along the Blue Ridge Parkway and it would go with both the Parkway’s and the State of Virginia’s wish for tourism in this area. 

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Additional Notes: 

There are not a lot of parking places, please be mindful of where you park (making sure you are not on in the road, and not on posted property). Also take out what you bring in, let us keep these landowners happy so that we can continue to enjoy this stream.

Directions:

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