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Beaverdam Creek

This medium size stream has flows down from its headwater spring seeps in Shady Valley, TN through the Cherokee National forest and ends up in Damascus, VA. The stock trout section runs from the Backbone Rock campground down to the Virginia State line. The regulated section runs from just above the Backbone Rock upstream to it's confluence with Birch Branch. The stream has a gentle slope, for the most part, with plenty of riffles, pools and pocket water.
There are pull off access sites along TN Hwy 133. Rhododendron and Laurel and forest canopy are heavy in places making this generally a tight stream to fish. In my opinion Beaverdam is one of this area's better streamer waters in good flow periods. Note: Beaverdam runs 2 or so miles in Virginia to Damascus; an undesignated fishery with a very decent population of wild rainbows and browns.




Tennessee Laurel

This stocked trout stream has headwaters out of the Laurel Bloomery, TN area. Hwy 91(Damascus, VA to Mountain City TN) pretty much runs the length of the stream and has a number of pull-off accesses to Laurel. The Virginia portion of the Laurel, down to its confluence with Whitetop Laurel, is also a designated stocked trout section.


 

Laurel Fork

Laurel Fork is about 90 minutes away from the Shop. Take Dennis Cove Road off of US 321 out of Hampton, Tennessee. It is one of the first trout streams my daddy took me to when I was a kid. He called it Dennis Cove (the name of the recreational area) but its name is Laurel Fork. A short hike down stream from the recreation area is scenic Laurel Falls. From just above the Falls you can fish upstream some 7 miles until you reach the headwaters in Cherry Flats. Foot trails run along side of the stream most of the way. The regulated water begins mile upstream from the Recreation Area. Fishing a portion of Laurel Fork in the morning and Beaverdam Creek in the afternoon evening would make for a great day in my opinion.

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