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Mossy Creek

There have been a lot of great stream restoration jobs going on around the Valley the past couple of years.  Many of theses projects are due to the efforts of Trout Unlimited.

A few years ago the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited hired a full time Home Waters initiative coordinator for the northwestern part of the state, Seth Coffman. His main job has been to organize TU chapters, prioritize projects, apply for funding, and see these projects through.  In my opinion he has done an amazing job.

That is the reason I contacted Seth about Mossy Creek.  I live on Mossy, and have seen first hand the problems with siltation, erosion, and loss of habitat on the creek. Seth agreed that Mossy was long over due for some repairs.

The location of my house today was under water for over 200 years.  The Mossy Creek dam still stands just a few hundred yards downstream.  One reason that the banks are in such bad shape here is because there was so much silt that backed up behind the dam.  When the lake was drained more than 80 years ago, the creek cut down through the silt. Agricultural use and floods have also contributed to bank problems all along the creek.

Seth applied for money to remove the dam, and restore about a third of a mile of Mossy. We were delighted to hear about a year ago that we received the money that we needed. The project is set to start this spring.

The stretch being restored is at the lower parking area on Mossy near route 42.  This stretch of water has been open to the public for over 30 years and will affect 3 properties.

I encourage anyone who has never seen a job like this done to check it out when it gets started over the next few weeks.  The creek will be narrowed, deepened, banks sloped back, habitat added and vegetation planted.  This job will benefit the trout, the creek, and you.

As soon as we know the date that they are too break ground I will post it on the blog and website.

If you happen to see Seth on the creek, make sure you tell him what a great job he is doing.

Happy Fishing,

Fishing in Hunting Season

Hunters all over the Commonwealth are headed into the woods for the fall hunting season and many fisherman and fly fisherman love to hunt.  That is one reason why I love fishing during the hunting season.  The streams are far less crowded this time of year and as we head into rifle season there will be even less pressure on the trout streams.

It is important if you fish this time of year to be aware of hunters.  Many fly fisherman are aware that wearing bright colors can spook fish, especially on small clear mountain streams.

This is the one time of year that you should break those rules and put on the orange hats. This is even more important if you have a long hike to the stream through the woods.  I always say if the trout can tell you what color hat you are wearing you are too close to begin with.

Fishing in the National Forest is where you will encounter the most hunters. Streams like the Jackson, the Bullpasture, and North River delayed harvest section are places where you will want to wear a lot of orange.  If you fish on private land then contact the owner and ask if there is any hunting allowed where you will be fishing.

If you would like to avoid hunters all together then look to fish in protected areas like the National Park.  If you are unfamiliar with Virginia's hunting season, check it out on the VDGIFs website.

Happy fishing,
Brian Trow

Fly Fishing Gear Stolen!!!

We need your help!

Our good friend L.E. Rhodes, reported that some scumbag broke into his truck yesterday and stole a 8 wt. Orvis Zero Gravity fly rod in its case along with a Simms reel case with a Orvis Mirage reel and spare spool and a number of Rio leaders. The also a stole a pair of the Orvis Tri-Spectrum sunglasses and a 5" NRS Barrel hand pump.

If you see or hear anything that can help put the long arm of the law on this low-life please let us know and we will pass it along to L.E.


Fan Mail: Thanks for Guiding Us!

Last week we received a very special thank you note from a client.

"Just wanted to write to say thank you to Jess and the fine folk at Mossy Creek Fly Fishing for such an incredible day of fishing. My brother and I were both celebrating our birthdays which are close, and we won't soon forget the dozens of big 'bows we caught on [withheld by request] and our very first trip to Mossy.

I put up a couple blog posts on our trip on my blog, deadbait, along with pictures. We decided not to name [withheld by request] and just refer to it as Farm Creek out of respect for [withheld by request] privacy. We're looking forward to fishing with you all again this winter.

All the best,


Read Joel's post's Birthday on the Fly Part 1 and Birthday on the Fly Part 2. We think they are excellent!

If you want a chance to fish the "Farm Creek," give the shop a call, 540-434-2444!