James Marsh fishing Big Stoney Creek
Big Stoney Creek Virginia
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Big Stoney Creek Virginia
Big Stoney Creek can easily be confused with other
Stoney Creeks in Virginia. There's Little Stoney Creek,
Stoney Creek, and others. Big Stoney Creek is near
Pembroke Virginia, in the Jefferson National Forest. It's
a six mile long, freestone stream.

This stream is stocked but it also has a good number of
wild brown and brook trout. There's a good number of
brown holdovers. It's a very popular trout stream,
particular during the Spring when it's heavily stocked.
Fly fishing Big Stoney Creek can be a little difficult. Its
banks are lined with Rhododendrons.

The lower part of the stream contains mostly fast,
pocket water with lots of runs, plunges and short
cascades. Above the Appalachian Trail that crosses Big
Stoney Creek, you will find a more moderate section of
water. This stream is fed by a number of springs and
the pH level appears to be somewhat high for freestone
streams in western Virginia. Its rocks contain lots of
algae and are slick. It's properly named because it has
some "big stones" in the stream.

Checking the rocks for nymphs, we found Quill
Gordons, Blue Quills, March Browns, Light Cahills and
many other mayfly nymphs. The caddisfly population
should be high, judging from the number of larvae in
the stream. There's lots of net-spinning larvae
indicating Cinnamon and Spotted Caddis as well as
several type of cased caddis. There's also some
free-living Green Sedge larvae in the stream.

We only fished this stream for a day and most of the
several trout caught appeared to be stocked or
holdovers. I would think you would need to match the
hatches, or what is about to hatch, in order to have
much success with the wild trout or aged holdovers.

The season runs year-round
Trout can be caught on warm winter days.
Spring is the best time for fly fishing Big Stoney Creek
due to the hatches.
Summertime is okay, thanks to the cool spring water
and heavy canopy of bushes and trees..
Fall is the best time for big browns.

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Brook Trout (native and stocked with
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