Goose Creek


Stream Category: B

Wild Trout: None

Stocked Trout: Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout



Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, Midges

Nymphs: Midges, Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Prince, Stoneflies

Streamers: Wooly Bugger, Minnow Patterns

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Casting: Roll, Over Head, and Tuck



Goose Creek, which is really the South Fork of the Roanoke River, is a fishermen’s dream. So many deep pools, fast runs, and long runs. Not to mention it is mostly a limestone creek- yep I geeked out the first time I went to Goose Creek.


Located minutes outside of Salem, near the town of Shawsville, this stream is a must to fish. Be prepared to hike over boulders in certain spots, the creek is almost in a small gorge like area. I would also bring a wading stick with you, just to make sure you have to hike across the stream, it tends to move very fast in certain areas.


Additional Notes:

Please be mindful in regards to parking, the landowners are very generous to allow the State of Virginia to stock this stream. If you see a NO PARKING sign, then do the right thing and don’t park there. There are several places to pull off on the side of the road, just make sure your vehicle is off the road completely, several large farming trucks use this road and they do not go slow.



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