Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide to Beaverdam Creek Tennessee
Although Beaverdam Creek is a Appalachian stream, it does not have a low PH typical of
most others. It has a relatively high PH probably due to the runoff of the farm land
upstream. The aquatic insect population is quite different from many of the mountain
freestone streams in the area. For example, we have found both Yellow Drakes and Green
Drakes there as well as a lot of different species of net spinning caddisflies that don't exist
in plentiful quantities in acidic water. To put it in simple terms for you that are not real
familiar with bugs (entomology), there is a lot of food for the trout to eat in the stream.
Angie and I have fished this stream approximately six times, although all but one trip was
just for a couple of hours each time. We have spent only one full day on the creek fishing
it at various spots all the way from the end of the valley to Virginia. We caught trout at
every stop. I caught a very nice brown trout approximately 14-15 inches on a dry fly along
with several eight to ten inch trout that certainly appeared wild in all respects.
As mentioned in the introduction to this section, the best way to fish this creek is using the
"high stickin" method of nymphing. In case you aren't familiar, it is a matter of wading up
close to the deeper runs and making very short cast up and across. You want to hold the
rod tip high above your head and allow the nymph to swing downstream on the bottom to
the down and across position. You do not use a strike indicator, rather detect the takes by
feel and by watching your fly line carefully. The idea is to get the nymph in the tight places
near undercut banks and boulders. The large browns in Beaverdam Creek are always
hidden in tight conditions where short, accurate cast are a must to keep from hanging up.
Trout can also be taken on dry flies during most of the year, but its always best when
there's a hatch occurring. Streamers can also be effective, especially when the brown trout
are moving upstream to spawn.
We could only recommend Beaverdam Creek as part of a trip that included other streams
in the area; or for anyone, like us, that may just want to discover everything there are to
discover. It is a good stream in all respects but like all the others in the area, I wouldn't rate
it higher than several of the other fine streams Northeast Tennessee or Southern Virginia.
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