Stream Category: B
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
Vehicle: 4 Wheel Drive is a must
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
I know I mentioned this in my review of the Delayed Harvest Section of Peak Creek but let me say it again; 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.
Getting to the Put and Take section of Peak Creek is challenges to say the least; if you do not have a four wheel drive vehicle then do not even attempt to go here. The road that you have to drive on in order to get there is filled with monster pot holes, most are very muddy. For me I thought the drive was a lot of fun, but that is because I have Jeep.
Anyways, like the Delayed Harvest Section of Peak Creek, this stream is a freestone/sandy bottom creek that is just disgusting and polluted. Honestly I thought that this section would be better than the Delayed Harvest Section because it is a tail water of Gatewood Reservoir, I thought that the stream would be cleaner, and clearer. I was wrong. Honestly I don’t know what causes this stream to be so nasty, because I didn’t go up and see the reservoir, but whatever comes out of that reservoir just makes this stream murky as all get out.
Now on the bright side, it seems that there should be fairly good fishing in this stream, the gorge that the stream sits in is very beautiful. However again this is a put-and-take stream that gets fished very heavily as soon as it gets stocked. So again I wouldn’t waste my time and money going here to fish. There are several streams in the neighboring counties that provide better fishing then here.
Remember four wheel drive and the disclaimer.
One thought on “Peak Creek”
Peak Creek emerges from mountain springs in the Jefferson National Forest and flows unmolested and unpolluted into the town of Pulaski’s drinking water reservoir at Gatewood. Right below Gatewood dam (Mr. Frazier’s photos) is the only area of Peak Creek that is stocked. As Mr. Frazier says, the area is not easily accessible. In order to get an early hook in the water on opening day or any day, some fishermen camp there the night before. Some of those leave their trash behind when they leave, and this trash finds its way into the creek. Volunteers try to clean up after these “sportsmen” but they can’t go every day. Ironically, it seems the best way to keep upper Peak Creek clean would be to not have it stocked.