Rock Castle Creek

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Stream Category: B 

Wild Trout: Lower Sections are considered to be a Wild Trout Stream (Rainbow and Brown)

Stocked Trout: Brook, Brown, and Rainbow

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Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, Royal Wulff, Terrestrials 

Nymphs: Caddis Puppa, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares, Stone, Squirmy Wormy, Mop, and Perdigon 

Streamers: Small Minnow 

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Wading Stick: No

Casting: Tuck, Overhead, and Roll

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About:

Rock Castle Creek, which is located right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a gym of a stream. It is one of the few streams that a person can access easily off of the parkway. The beginning of this stream reminds an angler that they are fishing in brook trout waters, that the streams are very rocky, with deep pools, and fish here are relatively small. However the stream opens up when it gets going and becomes a stream that can rather large fish. 

This mountain stream, immersed in laurel thickets and deep in a very natural forested area, is extremely cold: even during the summer months.  I would highly suggest wearing waders at all times, unless you are one of the few that love wading in freezing water. 

Honestly I don’t know what else to say about this stream, besides fish it almost immediately when it does get stocked. No wait, I guess I can say one other thing, this stream reminds me of what all of the state of Virginia mountain streams should be like. By this I mean it is very cold, shaded, and has a lot of rocks in it, it really is the perfect stream for wild trout to be reintroduced into and become one of a few special regulation wild streams that can be accessed off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sadly though it is a Category B stream that gets fished out rather quickly. However if you are willing to hike off the beaten path the stream does have wild trout in it, but this is towards the end of the stream.

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Additional comments: 

There are very few pull off points to the stream, and some of these still leave your vehicle very close to a road that has a ton of traffic on it. Be mindful also of trespassing and take precautions when it comes to little to no cell phone service. Also, and I can not stress this enough when it comes to Blue Ridge Parkway streams, be mindful that you are in bear country, be safe.

Directions:

Big Cedar Creek

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Stream Category: Put and Take – A

 

Wild Trout:

Stocked Trout: Brown and Rainbow

Other Species of Note: None

 

Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, and Terrestrials

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

Streamers: Kreelex, Minnow Patterns, Articulated Minnow Patterns

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Wading Stick: Yes

 

Casting: Tuck, Roll, Spey, and Overhead

 

About:

Big Cedar Creek is a part of the rare few places in Virginia that look like they should be in Colorado. Also Big Cedar Creek should not be called a creek, believe me it’s a small river. Big Cedar flows right into the Clinch River, I could be biased because I love the Clinch Valley area, but I definitely would recommend going to Big Cedar at least once. One reason for it is that the area surrounding Big Cedar is just a gorgeous area. Big Cedar, itself, is not mucked up with trashed, people in the area keep this river kept up and in pristine order. The second reason why I am a little biased towards the Clinch Valley is that I dispatched trains going through that area for almost six years. The third a final reason I love the Clinch Valley area is that the people there are just down to earth people; they are friendly, you could probably leave your car unlocked, and they will do their very best in helping you if you’re ever in need. However Big Cedar Creek is not very accessible to anyone, except those that live in the Clinch Valley area. For those that live in the Roanoke area, it is at least a three hour drive (depending on traffic on I81).

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Big Cedar is just one of those few streams that it is hard to explain with words; it’s definitely a freestone creek for a majority of the area, however sometimes it transforms into a flat limestone creek. Just be very careful where you walk, I would definitely bring a wading stick with you. This stream you can use technique known to fly fishing: from streamers to spey this stream will accommodate you. Fish here can be pretty big for stocked fish, but the majority of the fish you will find are your normal 10-12 inch fish. But occasional you will lay into one of the fish that has escaped from a private section of Big Cedar, these fish are monsters. Fishing some areas (limestone flats) can be difficult, you have to aim for the deeper sections of the flats, or look for some type of structure that trout will often lay in. As you get in the freestone area fish it like you would any other freestone stream; there are a couple areas that have very deep holes that are really promising. However they are towards the end of the stream, where it feeds into the Clinch River and it’s about a 2 mile hike to this area.

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Additional comments:

Parking is great here, you have your own parking lot. Also there is a trail that covers the entire stream, sometimes the trail gets a little above the stream, but for the most part the trail is right next to stream.

 

Directions:

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Little River

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Stream Category: Put and Take – A

Wild Trout: 

Stocked Trout: 

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

Kayak: Yes

Rod: Switch

Casting: Overhead, Tuck, and Roll.

About:

Everything about where the stock this section is of the Little River drives me nuts, honestly whomever decided to stock this section needs to be beat with fishing rod, a heavy salt water fishing rod… backwards with a reel on it. The Little River, depending on where you are at can be sandy or freestone, but in this area it is very sandy. 

Unless you can over head or roll cast very far, or have a switch/spey rod, or a kayak it is pointless to fish in this area as one fly fisherman to another. From one side of the river to the other, it is at least 30 to 40 yards, and the water here is just too deep to wade. Realistically the state should put a kayak/raft ramp in right where they stock and one every two or three miles down the river. Then it should change this section to be a catch and release only or delayed harvest area, that can only be fished by raft or kayak. 

No I do not recommend this stream to any fly fishermen unless you meet the criteria above

Additional Notes: 

Hardly any parking, just pull off the best you can and hope for the best.

Directions:

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Burks Fork

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Stream Category: Put and Take -A

Wild Trout: Brook and Brown

Stocked Trout: Rainbow and Brown

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: Overhead, Tuck, and Roll.

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About:

Burks Fork reminds me a lot like Laurel Fork, not to mention they are really not that far from each other. Just like Laurel Fork Brush Fork is a mountain spring fed, sandy bottom stream that goes right through farm land. The only difference I seen is that Brush Fork is a bit wider than Laurel Fork in some spots and a hell of lot narrow in others. Like Laurel Fork, the land owners are letting the public fish this area, so please take care of it. 

Like Laurel Fork, be prepared to euro nymph a lot, this is not a fly fishing stream until you get below the last bridge where there is a small ungated parking lot. Also be prepared for a lot of debris from fallen trees and there limbs. 

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Additional Notes: 

Not many pull spots at the low water bridge but at the other end where the state stops stocking, there is an ungated pull in area, just don’t be a jackass and tear these farmers land up. Also take out what you put in.

Directions:

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Little Indian Creek

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Stream Category: Put and Take – B

Wild Trout: 

Stocked Trout: Rainbow 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, Grey Scuds

Streamers: Kreelex, Minnow Patterns 

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Casting: Overhead, Tuck, and Roll.

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About:

This might be the most hidden jewel of Floyd counties fisheries, at least when it comes to trout fishing. Even though I wish every stream could be catch and release/wild trout, I am willing to let this one be open for everyone. The pure size of fishable water of Little Indian Creek is amazing. It is definitely a freestone stream with a lot of boulders, large holes, big drop offs, long runs, fast runs. Etc. you name it Little Indian Creek has it. 

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What I also like is its location, it is not far from Floyd or Christiansburg, is almost dead in the middle. The only problem that I see with the stream is the amount of trash located around it, to have such a beautiful stream is such a great thing; but to have to climb over tires, watch out for hidden glass, and metal chaps my ass. But don’t let these things hinder you from coming here to fish. You will not be disappointed (well as long as you don’t step on glass or rip your waders). 

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It is sort of funny, when I first started this website I really didn’t mind the trash that much, or push for its removal. However now that I am apart of Trout Unlimited seeing streams like this infuriates me, whatever chapter is in charge of Floyd County should see to cleaning it up, with a handful of volunteers with trash bags this stream could be sparkling clean. Yes you might have to do it at least twice a year, but I feel that it would be worth it. By the way this is a big hint to the chapter that is over Floyd County, or to chapters that are close by that would love to have a nice area to fish.

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Additional Notes: 

There are several pull off spots along Little Indian Creek, just make sure you are off of the road completely, people tend to fly on this road.

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Directions:

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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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McFalls Creek

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Stream Category: C

Wild Trout: Brook (unconfirmed)

Stocked Trout: Rainbow Trout

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Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, Midges

Nymphs: Midges, Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Prince, Stoneflies

Streamers: No

Waders: No

Net: No

Casting: Roll, Bow and Arrow, and Tuck

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About:

McFalls Creek reminds me a lot like Purgatory Creek in the Montgomery County; a very small stream, that looks like nothing would live in. There are a few holes throughout McFalls Creek, but those are very few and far between. Sight fishing, using a very lite weight rod with a dry/dropper will be your best chance in the stocked portions of the creek.

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I have heard from several reliable people that if you hike up to the shelter where the stream begins that there is some really good wild brook waters. This does not surprise me in the least, almost every stream in this area have some wild brook trout in them. However, because I am lazy and didn’t hike up to the shelter, I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of these wild brookies. Maybe one day I will take a day off and go up there. But it is hard to fish McFalls when North Creek is so close by.

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Additional Notes: There are very few pull over spots, if you find one you better make sure that you are completely off the road. The road to McFalls Creek is a single lane dirt road, yet people (including myself) still speed up and down it.

 

Directions:

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Tinker Creek

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Stream Category: A

Wild Trout: None

Stocked Trout: Rainbow Trout and Brook

Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, Midges

Nymphs: Midges, Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Prince, Stoneflies

Streamers: Wooly Bugger, Minnow Patterns, Kreelex, Mop Flies, Squirmy Wormies

Waders: No

Net: No

Casting: Roll, and Tuck

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About:

What to say about poor old Tinker Creek, besides it is a mess. Realistically, even though the stream itself is a good trout stream (big holes, long runs, even multiple falls), Tinker Creek ranks as the nastiest stream in Roanoke County. Even if Trout Unlimited was to clean up this stream on a weekly basis, it would still be nasty. People that fish and use it hangout at, do not care about how nasty Tinker Creek gets. Hopefully if you are reading this you are not too discouraged, if you want to fish Tinker Creek do so, however please help the stream out by taking a trash bag and some gloves with you. Pickup what you can, maybe just maybe, one day Tinker Creek will get cleaned up.

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Now when it comes to fishing Tinker Creek, it is just like Glade Creek, it gets fished out very quickly, and you will have to combat fish. Honestly the best way to fish Tinker Creek is with flashy streamers such as the Kreelex, Mop Flies, and Squirmy Wormies. These seem to work the best; I like to bring my 5wt switch rod for the really big holes (because there is little to know room to overhead cast) to get my flies out to where the fish like to hold up, and I bring my 5wt regular rods for the smaller runs.

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Additional Notes: There is ample parking throughout the entire stream; some are just pull off spots, others are actual parking lots. I would recommend locking your doors to your vehicle and if you have a concealed to carry I would bring a hand gun; Tinker Creek is not in the best section of Roanoke City.

Directions:

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Glade Creek

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Stream Category: A

Wild Trout: None

Stocked Trout: Rainbow Trout and Brook

Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, Midges

Nymphs: Midges, Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Prince, Stoneflies

Streamers: Wooly Bugger, Minnow Patterns, Kreelex

Waders: No

Net: No

Casting: Roll, Over Head, and Tuck

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About:

Glade Creek might be one of Roanoke Counties most beautiful streams, where it is located there is very little trash; however bank erosion is a big issue. Unfortunately this creek gets fished out very, very quickly; because it is one of the few put and take streams in this area, it gets heavily fished by spin fishermen that want to catch their limit and go home. So if you want to fish Glade Creek you better be watching the VDGIF stocking website daily, and be ready to combat fish.

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Realistically if Glade Creek was to become a Delayed Harvest Stream, or a Catch and Release Stream, Glade Creek would be one of the top destinations in the Roanoke Valley to fish, just because of its location and how beautiful it truly is. All of the other Delayed Harvest Sections that are located in Roanoke County are in the City of Salem, so if Glade Creek was to become a Delayed Harvest Stream it would be more accessible for those living in the eastern sections of Roanoke County.

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Additional Notes: There are ample parking spots at Glade Creek, because all of the access points are located at multiple sports fields. Just remember that Glade Creek needs to stay clean, always take out what you bring in.

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Directions:

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Peak Creek Delayed Harvest Section

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Stream Category: Delayed Harvest

Wild Trout: None

Stocked Trout: Rainbow Trout

Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, Midges

Nymphs: Midges, Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Prince, Stoneflies

Streamers: Wooly Bugger, Minnow Patterns

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Disclaimer: If you have a Concealed to Carry Permit, I suggest that you use it while on this stream

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Casting: Roll, Over Head, and Tuck

About:

Even though I lived in the New River Valley for several years, there was a reason why I never had a desire to do a write up on Peak Creek in general. Simply put Pulaski County is a very poor county, it is very trashy, and well it is simply depressing; not to mention Peak Creek itself is just very disgusting because of all of the trash, both in the creek and along its banks.

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I get that the town of Pulaski is trying it’s best to promote being outside, like the Roanoke Valley has, by establishing trails along Peak Creek. However if they are not maintained then people will simply not use them.

Now for the gist of why you are reading this; the Delayed Harvest section of Peak Creek is a freestone/sandy creek. It has very little deep holes and the creek moves fairly fast in certain areas. Unfortunately Peak Creek suffers from two huge things that make me not want to recommend it to anyone. The first is that it is extremely polluted due to the run off from industrial plants in the town. The second is that it gets poached out very quickly. The entire time I was there taking photos, I never even seen one trout.

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It is very sad to see a stream like the Delayed Harvest Section of Peak Creek, especially since I am a member of Trout Unlimited. This is a perfect reason why our organization does what it does, so that streams to not get to this point. Honestly it would take months and a lot of money to get this stream back to where it should be, even then I don’t know if it will ever truly live up to potential that it could be.

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Take what you will by reading this post; I do not recommend stream period. It will be a waste of time and money to go here. Not to mention again you should read the disclaimer above.

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Additional Notes:

There are several parking spots along the trail. Make sure you do not leave anything of value in them.

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Directions:

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