Laurel Creek Tennessee
Angie Marsh fishing Laurel Creek
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Laurel Creek Tennessee
Not many anglers are aware that Laurel Creek exist in
Tennessee. It's thought of as a Virginia stream because
it flows into the South Fork of the Holston River in
Virginia. Beaverdam Creek and Whitetop Laurel Creek
are both tributaries but they join it just inside the
state of Virginia near Damascus. It turns into a rather
large stream after picking up water from its tributaries.
It's easy to find from Damascus, Virginia, but not so
easy from Tennessee. It's stocked by the state of
Tennessee but it also has an excellent population of
wild trout.

Much of Laurel Creek flows through farming areas on
private property. It flows through Shady Valley
Tennessee into Damacus Virginia along State highway
#91. Its headwaters are near Laurel Bloomery. The best
part of the stream is close to the Tennessee state line.
There the stream is well shaded by trees which helps
keep the water cool.

The creek flows through agricultural land which raises
the water pH level quite a bit. It supports a huge number
of aquatic insects many of which are not common to
small mountain streams. We have found Yellow Drakes
and other drake mayflies in the stream. The creek has
an excellent population of wild brown trout as well as
some rainbows. There's also plenty of larger holdover
brown trout. Fly fishing Laurel Fork can be a lot of fun
during a hatch and there are plenty of hatches.

The lower end of this stream consist mostly of pocket
water. There are a few riffles and runs and some larger,
deep pools that make the perfect habitat for a brown

Not all the tributaries are in Virginia. Gentry Creek is the
largest one in Tennessee that holds trout. It's in the
streams headwaters above Laurel Bloomery. Gentry
Creek has both rainbows and brown trout with brook
trout in its uppermost sections.

Kate Branch is a small tributary of Gentry Creek that
has native brook trout. Gilbert Branch is another of the
small headwater tributaries of Gentry Creek.

The season runs year-round
Trout can be caught on warm days during the winter
Spring is the best time for fly fishing Laurel Creek.  
Summertime is okay in the uppermost headwaters but
the water can get a little too warm on hot days in the
lower area.
Fall is the best time for big browns in the lower section.

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Type of Stream

Rainbow Trout (wild and stocked with
Brown Trout (wild and stocked with
Brook Trout (native) headwaters


Northeastern Tennessee

Nearest Towns
Damacus Virginia



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State of Tennessee

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