Wolf Creek

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Stream Category: A

Native Fish: Brook, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Carp, and Bluegill

Gear:

· Dry Flies: Adams, BWO, Terrestrials (Hoppers), Stimulators, and Caddis
· Nymphs : Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Prince, Zebra Midge, and Zug Bugs
· Streamers: Wooly Bugger, Muddler Minnow, and Leech Patterns
· Rod: 9’ or larger
· Waders: Chest
· Net: Yes
· Polarized fishing sunglasses

Casting: Back and Roll Casts

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About:

Located just off of I77 in Rocky Gap, near the border of Virginia and West Virginia, this beautiful portion of Wolf Creek is only one of three stocked streams in Bland County. But don’t get discouraged, because of its general location this stream is not often heavily fished, even by local fishermen.

This section of Wolf Creek runs from the first stocked sign on Shady Branch Circle (SR-678) to a small pull off area on Quary Dr. (SR 665) just before the stream crosses underneath I77. Normally working my way up the stream I will start on Shady Branch Circle, fishing streamers and multi nymph rigs until I get past the overhead bridge on VA-61. Once past the bridge stick with single nymphs and dry flies, the stream gets really shallow and narrow here. Because this section of the stream flows next to a field I will also try the occasional hopper, but only for the initial stocking in October.

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Additional Notes and Precautions:

From Rocky Gap to the Bland/Giles County border Wolf Creek follows VA-61 and can be fished, however fishermen should be on the lookout for posted signs.

Directions from Blacksburg and Wytheville, VA:

From Blacksburg – Follow US 460 West towards Narrows. Turn right onto Fleshman Rd at the stop light in Narrows. Then take 2nd left onto MacArthur Ln. Continue on VA-61 W for 20 miles to the Arms Service Memorial.

From Wytheville – Follow I77 North towards Bluefield, Take exit 64 for Rocky Gap, then turn right on to US-52N. At the next intersection turn left, then turn right onto VA-61

Mill Creek – Giles County, VA

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Stream Category: Special Regulation

Wild Trout: Brook and Rainbow

Gear:

· Dry Flies: Adams, BWO, Caddis, Stimulators, Terrestrials
· Nymphs : Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Prince, and Soft Hackles
· Streamers: None
· Rod: 7’
· Waders: Chaps and Hip
· Net: None
· Polarized fishing sunglasses

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Casting:

With a shorter rod you will be able to make any cast that you need to make on this stream.

About:

Located minutes away from down town Narrows, VA, Mill Creek is the quintessential Virginian mountain stream with its large splash pools, rhododendrons, and boulder sized freestones. With its healthy population of native brook and wild rainbow trout, this technical stream is a nice alternative to Little Stony Creek. However do not anticipate any real size to these trout; they tend to be palm size or smaller.

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Once you arrive at the parking area you can start fly fishing, the main hiking trail follows Mill Creek from the parking area to Mill Creek Falls. I always take a 7’ 5 weight rod, equipped with a long leader just in case I want to go from a dry fly to a nymph. However I would not recommend using a multi nymph rig or even a dry and dropper, stick to rather one nymph or one dry fly

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Half of a mile up the creek from the parking area is a dam that has created a small pond. This particular spot often produces fish when the rest of the stream does not. Not only are the trout very forgiving here but there is very little overhead foliage to deal with; making this area a fantastic place for those learning to fly fish. Multi nymph and dry/dropper rigs can be used at this spot. In fact this is the only place I have ever hooked dual fish on a multi nymph rig.

Additional Notes and Precautions:

Weather is a huge factor when fishing Mill Creek. During the summer months expect the stream to have very low water and during the winter months expect heavy snow and ice. Ultimately fall and spring are the best times of the year to fish Mill Creek.

Mill Creek is also known for its excellent hiking and mountain bike trails so expect parking to be an issue, especially on the weekends.

Directions from Blacksburg, VA to Mill Creek (28.9 mi):

Take US 460 West towards Pearisburg, VA. Turn left onto Thomas Drive just after the last Pearisburg exit (which is just before the New River Bridge at Celanese). Go straight through the four way stop on to VA 100 North. Stay on this road for 3.4 miles then turn left onto Northview Street in Narrows. This road will continue all the way to the parking area. Note: do not take the right onto Poplar Street, it will look like the road is ending but it does not till you reach the parking area.

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