Pads Creek


Stream Category: Put and Take Class -B

Wild Trout: None

Stocked Trout: Brook Trout

Other Species of Note: None



Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, 

Nymphs: Stone Flies, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares, Midges, Mop Flies, and Squirmmy Wormies

Streamers: Kreelex, Minnow Patterns 

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Casting: Tuck, and Roll.



Pads Creek might be one of the most hidden jewels in all of Bath County. Yes this stream is a Put and Take Stream, and we all know how much I do not like Put and Take Streams, but if you are going here you better have a good 4 wheel drive vehicle that you are willing to take through a stream. That at least puts a damper on some of those that like to follow the stocking trucks, well that and Pads Creek is literally in the middle of a no where gorge. If you go here make sure you carry (you can never be too cautious), take lots of food, water, and something to sleep in. Realistically I am not trying to be a pessimist, but stuff does happen, it is always a good idea to be prepared for anything. 


Now for what all of you have come here for: the fishing. Pads creek is a sandstone/limestone/shale creek that is gorgeous to fish. Ok well let me first say, the road that leads to Pads Creek is very flat and very straight dirt road that is fun as hell to drive, honestly I would go there to just fly down that road over and over again. But I digress, fishing here very simple, keep it simple. Find a good drop off pool, throw above it, watch it come down, and expect to get a fish every time. Yes they might not be citation size, but this creek is very easy and fun to fish. You can streamer fish, you can nymph fish, and you can dry fly fish. This is one of those streams that I would take some to teach them how to fish on, because it has almost every scenario that one encounters in stream fishing here in Virginia.   


Additional Notes: 

Park where ever you like, just make sure you are off the road, especially if I come through flying.




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