Stream Category: B
Native Fish: Brook, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Carp, and Bluegill
· Dry Flies: Adams, BWO, Terrestrials, Stimulators, and Caddis
· Nymphs : Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Prince, Zebra Midge, and Zug Bugs
· Streamers: Wooly Bugger, Muddler Minnow, and Leech Patterns
· Rod: 9’ or larger
· Waders: Chest
· Net: Yes
· Polarized fishing sunglasses
Casting: Back and Roll Casts
Don’t be fooled by Wolf Creek’s name it is a small river located between Narrows and Rocky Gap that will provide fly fisherman with ample opportunities for not only trout but other species of fish. Wolf Creek is a place for those that want to catch big trout and get away from the small streams. Because Wolf Creek is very wide times, sometimes exceeding 30 yards in width, you can let your back cast rip without ever having to worry about trees and rhododendrons. Though the state only stocks in the town of Narrows this area is more than enough for one person to fish in a day.
You can start fishing Wolf Creek as soon as you come into Narrows on either side of town, generally I start at the bridge at Princeton Ln. and fish to the dam at the duck pond (this area is behind Grants Grocery and Anna’s Restaurant). This is the fastest moving water that you will find on all of Wolf Creek, and though it doesn’t look deep it is. Don’t even try dry flies on this section, stick to nymphs and streamers. The duck pond is often a prime fishing area for spin and bait cast fisherman, however I do not recommend it to fly fisherman unless you are going to head of the pond.
In town Wolf Creek slows down becoming one gigantic flat, with the exception of an area of riffles located at the town park. There are several different sites after the duck pond that one can put in at; often where you go is going to dependent on how crowded the stream and the town park are. Regularly I will go to the town park and start fishing here, however if the park is crowded you can turn left onto Old Wolf Creek Road just past Narrows High School. This road will follow the stream out of town and has several good pull off spots for vehicles.
When fishing this mile long section you will not be restricted to specific types of flies, I have luck with dries, nymphs, and streamers. Because this is a freestone stream you don’t have to worry about snagging underwater vegetation, just the occasional rock or fallen tree limb. Repeatedly I have caught larger trout in this area that are taking advantage of the slow moving deep water.
Additional Notes and Precautions:
During the summer months fishermen are not supposed to fish in the town park but you can take Old Wolf Creek road and fish the other side of the stream outside of the park.
From Narrows to the Giles/Bland County border Wolf Creek follows VA-61 for a majority of its length and can be fished, however fishermen should be on the lookout for posted signs.
Directions from Blacksburg, VA:
Follow US 460 West towards Narrows. Turn right onto Fleshman Rd at the stop light in Narrows. Then take 2nd left onto MacArthur Ln. Go over the New River Bridge and under the railway tracks into the town of Narrows and Wolf Creek will begin on your left.