Beaver Creek

This unique catch and release-fly fishing only water was created through friendships between the Massanutten Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the landowners.

Beaver Creek is a local hotspot located less than 15 miles from the shop. Beaver Creek is one of our more popular fishing spots because it fishes so well all year. The heavy springs help keep the water flowing at consistent levels and temperatures in the 50-63 degree range. Anglers can expect to catch trout when there is snow on the ground or when it’s 100 degrees in August!

These favorable conditions allow for a good amount of natural reproduction. Wild brook and rainbow trout can be found in the 6-15″ range with a occasional larger wild fish caught each year. Besides the wild fish, larger rainbows are stocked almost every month. Anglers can expect to catch these rainbows in the 14-20+” range.

Beaver Creek is known for large insect hatches, especially tricos, blue wing olives, and sulphurs. The BWO’s and sulphurs will start in mid-late April and continue throughout the summer months. The tricos tend to be in full force by mid-late June and will be found until November some years!

Terrestrial fishing during the summer months brings some of the best dry fly action. The adjacent meadows and pastures fill with large hoppers, crickets, Japanese beetles and ants. Nymph and streamer fisherman will be productive any time of year in the various riffles and deep holes.

The fishing area extends for 2 miles and is open to four anglers per day Monday-Saturday year round (public access is closed on Sunday.) The four permits are available at the 257 Grocery Store, 6939 Briery Branch Road, Dayton, VA. Permits are managed on a first come, first served basis.

A donation of $10.00 to Trout Unlimited is required to obtain the permit. All proceeds from the permits go directly to the stocking and maintenance on Beaver Creek. These permits may NOT be reserved or booked for future dates.

Directions from Mossy Creek Fly Fishing

  • Take Rt. 33 West through downtown(Court Square) Harrisonburg to Rt. 42.
  • Take Rt. 42 South(4.7 miles) to the town of Dayton.
  • Take Rt. 257 West in Dayton(6.2 miles) to the 1st stop sign in Ottobine.
  • Take a Left at the old Ottobine Country Store and proceed on 257 WEST. The 257 Grocery Store will be on your left after 2 miles.

You may park ONLY at the Ottobine Country Store or at the Ottobine Elementary School located about 1.5 miles straight through the stop sign.

A $10 Donation for a Permit is Required from the 257 Grocery

Street address:
6939 Briery Branch Road, Dayton, VA

Monday – Friday 5:30 am – 9pm
Saturday – 6am – 9pm