Maury River

 

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Stream Category: Put and Take A

 

Wild Trout:

Stocked Trout: Brown, Brook, and Rainbow

Other Species of Note: Smallmouth Bass

 

Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis

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

Streamers: Kreelex, Minnow Patterns

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Rod: Switch or Conventional

Casting: Tuck

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About:

The Maury River might be one of the most interesting places I have fished in Virginia. Set deep in the middle of gorge, called Goshen’s Pass, this river looks just like something I imagine I would see in Colorado. It is just not a typical Virginia River, even the peaks of the mountains in Goshen’s Pass look like something from the Rockies.

Fishing here can be both difficult and easy. When the water is high, I would recommend swinging a weighted streamer with a lot of flash and stripping it in fast. When the water is low, and you can wade more than just the banks, caddis nymph fishing is the way to go. Almost every cast, you will get a cased caddis latched on to your hook.

Be very careful as you fish the Maury, it is very deceptive; one second it will go from one inch water, then the next the water will be over your head. Watch the water color, look for deep green colors, this will indicate deep pools.

I personally would recommend going to Maury at least once, just check on the weather prior to going there. You do not want to fish this river when the water is high.

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Additional Notes: Parking is limited to pull of spots a long a very busy road.

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Mill Creek

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Stream Category: Put and Take A

 

Wild Trout:

Stocked Trout: Brook, Brown, and Rainbow

Other Species of Note: None

Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis

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

Streamers: Kreelex, Minnow Patterns

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Casting: Tuck, and Roll 

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About:

I have been to Mill Creek twice now, the first time I fished it the water was super skinny, of course I cussed VDGIF for picking such a lousy stream to stock. Realistically Mill Creek is very, very tight spaced wise freestone stream, with very few drop offs into pools – it is just ripple water. When the water is super skinny like it was that day you could spot fish all day long, and within hours the creek will be fished out. For some reason, the locals love this stream.

However after a very long week of hard rain I went up to this stream, after they had just stocked it and it looked completely different. There were very large pools, but the water was very fast. Apparently this is why the locals love this stream, when it fishes like this I can see why it would be fun.

I would recommend using heavy weighted nymphs and a very large strike indicator to fish this stream, or euro nymph. These fish love to stay at the bottom of the pools and runs so that they are not wasting any type of energy.

I wouldn’t not recommend this stream, but I cannot recommend this stream as well. You will have to watch the weather when you want to fish the stream.

Additional Notes: Parking is almost nonexistent, there are several pull of spots. Make sure you pull off the road all of the way.

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