Beaver Creek

Six miles west of Dayton, Virginia, Beaver Creek is one of our most popular spring creeks. Known for its accessibility, consistent water flows, wild populations of brook and rainbows (6″ – 15″ range), as well as stocked rainbows (14″ – 20+” range), Beaver Creek is always worth a trip.

Beaver Creek is known for its diverse insect population. Large hatches of tricos, bluewing olives, and sulfurs provide excellent dry fly fishing. The BWOs and sulfurs start in mid-late April and continue throughout the summer months. The Trico hatch peaks in late June and continues through November. Terrestrial fishing during the summer months brings some of the best dry fly action. The adjacent meadows and pastures are filled with large hoppers, crickets, Japanese beetles, and ants. Streamer and nymph fishing are productive anytime in the riffles and deep holes.

Angling on Beaver Creek began as an agreement between our chapter and the local landowners. It’s a perfect example of cooperation and conservation.


Permits grant you temporary access to fish on private property. You are guests of the landowner. Be responsible and courteous.

  • 4 per day.
  • First come, first served, in-person, on the day of fishing.
  • Reservations cannot be made before the day of fishing.
  • Calling ahead for an opening the same day of fishing is permitted one hour after the permitting agent opens. Calls are currently accepted M-F 6 am and Sat 7 am.
  • A minimum donation of $10.00 to Trout Unlimited secures a permit. All proceeds from the permits go directly to the stocking and maintenance on Beaver Creek.
  • Permitting agent: 257 Grocery at 6939 Briery Branch Road, Dayton, VA

Rules and Regulations

  1. Fly fishing only with single-hook artificial flies.
  2.  Catch and release only. Fish must be released immediately.
  3. Parking is permitted ONLY in the Ottobine Elementary School parking lot and must not impede normal traffic flow. Use the smaller overflow lot, not the main school lot.
  4. Fishermen must always remain within 15 feet of a stream bank.
  5. Access stream only at designated fence crossings.
  6. No camping, campfires, or littering.
  7. Do not disturb livestock.
  8. Permits must be visible on the outside of vests or garments.
  9. All funds received for issuing permits will be used to support and stock trout in the designated fishing area.
  10. Fishing during daylight hours only.
  11. No fishing on Sunday.
  12. No pets.
  13. Guiding or for-profit activities are strictly prohibited.

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