Peak Creek Delayed Harvest Section


Stream Category: Delayed Harvest

Wild Trout: None

Stocked Trout: Rainbow Trout


Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, Midges

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

Streamers: Wooly Bugger, Minnow Patterns

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Disclaimer: If you have a Concealed to Carry Permit, I suggest that you use it while on this stream



Casting: Roll, Over Head, and Tuck


Even though I lived in the New River Valley for several years, there was a reason why I never had a desire to do a write up on Peak Creek in general. Simply put Pulaski County is a very poor county, it is very trashy, and well it is simply depressing; not to mention Peak Creek itself is just very disgusting because of all of the trash, both in the creek and along its banks.


I get that the town of Pulaski is trying it’s best to promote being outside, like the Roanoke Valley has, by establishing trails along Peak Creek. However if they are not maintained then people will simply not use them.

Now for the gist of why you are reading this; the Delayed Harvest section of Peak Creek is a freestone/sandy creek. It has very little deep holes and the creek moves fairly fast in certain areas. Unfortunately Peak Creek suffers from two huge things that make me not want to recommend it to anyone. The first is that it is extremely polluted due to the run off from industrial plants in the town. The second is that it gets poached out very quickly. The entire time I was there taking photos, I never even seen one trout.


It is very sad to see a stream like the Delayed Harvest Section of Peak Creek, especially since I am a member of Trout Unlimited. This is a perfect reason why our organization does what it does, so that streams to not get to this point. Honestly it would take months and a lot of money to get this stream back to where it should be, even then I don’t know if it will ever truly live up to potential that it could be.


Take what you will by reading this post; I do not recommend stream period. It will be a waste of time and money to go here. Not to mention again you should read the disclaimer above.


Additional Notes:

There are several parking spots along the trail. Make sure you do not leave anything of value in them.




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