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
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
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
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.
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
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. www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/
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
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.
Last week we received a very special thank you note from a
"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
All the best,
Read Joel's post's Birthday on the Fly Part 1 and Birthday on the Fly Part 2. We think they
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