11/28/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Great Autumn Brown Caddisfly
4.    Midges



New "Perfect Fly" Stream Section on Big Wilson Creek Virginia
Big Wilson Creek, or just Wilson Creek as it is called by many, isn't all that far from
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It depends on exactly how far "far" is. After
all, how long is a row of cotton? Seriously, it's in Southern Virgina a couple or three
hours from Bristol. Big Wilson Creek is in the Mount Rogers (the highest mountain in
Virginia) National Recreation Area.

The first time Angie and I visited this stream, we were searching through fly fishing
books on Virginia and trying to match their directions up with our GPS and paper
road maps without much luck. All of a sudden, Angie pointed at  a sign that says
"Troutsville". It reminded me of Townsend, except we were not welcomed by a
thousand smelly fiberglass outhouses. I'm just kidding Townsend residents. We both
thought we must be close and we were actually not very far away from Big Wilson
Creek. Later, we discovered the name "Troutsville", with a huge population of about
400 people (if it hasn't decreased) has nothing to do with trout - the fish, that is. It's
named after two brothers that lived there named Trout. I'm sure this is a lot of
information you haven't any use for, except when you head to Big Wilson, and I'm
sure thousands of you will after reading this, just be aware that when you reach
"Troutsville", you aren't there.

Check out
Big Wilson Creek Virginia

I'm in such a good mood today, I'm going to throw another Virginia stream in. You
are getting two for one and both are free. You can't beat that.

This stream is easy to find. When you are in Southern Virginia, just head to West
Virginia on I-64. When you start getting into the mountains of the Alleghany  
Highlands and almost into West Virginia, your close. You can also recognize it from
the beer and coke cans along the road. When they start getting into piles and not
just single cans, you are probably very close to the stocked part of the stream.
Anyway, it's a beautiful stream and I do mean that seriously.

When you hike a short ways off the main road access, the cans quickly disappear. If
you hiked farther than we did, the one and only time we have fished the stream, you
may start finding some wild or possibly, some native brook trout. I have read that
they exist in this stream but we have not verified that. It's questionable in my mind
but also probably true. Other streams in the Alleghany Highlands have plenty of
them. By the way, I have no idea who Jerry is but I'll bet he has a big beer belly.

Check out
Jerry's Run Virginia.


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