Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Mossy Creek - Bridgewater - Virginia

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges, Blue Winged Olive Midday #18 - #22 Zebra Midge, BWO Dun
February Midges, Blue Winged Olive Midday #18 - #22 Zebra Midge, BWO Dun
March Blue Winged Olive, Dark Hendrickson Midday #14 - #16 BWO Dun, Dark Hendrickson Dun
April Dark Hendrickson, March Brown Midday-Afternoon #10 - #14 Dark Hendrickson Dun, March Brown Dun
May Sulphurs, Light Cahill Midday-Afternoon #12 - #16 Sulphur Parachute, Light Cahill Dun
June Sulphurs, Light Cahill Midday-Afternoon #12 - #16 Sulphur Parachute, Light Cahill Dun
July Trico, Terrestrials Early Morning, All day for Terrestrials #18 - #24, #10 - #14 Trico Dun, Ant Patterns, Hopper Patterns
August Trico, Terrestrials Early Morning, All day for Terrestrials #18 - #24, #10 - #14 Trico Dun, Ant Patterns, Hopper Patterns
September Terrestrials All day #10 - #14 Ant Patterns, Hopper Patterns
October Blue Winged Olive Midday #18 - #22 BWO Dun
November Blue Winged Olive Midday #18 - #22 BWO Dun
December Blue Winged Olive, Midges Midday #18 - #22 BWO Dun, Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Mossy Creek, located near Bridgewater, is an excellent destination for fly fishing. Some of the standout spots are:

  • Mossy Creek Pottery: Not just an opportunity to fish, but a chance to handle and observe the local talent in pottery.
  • Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival: Fly fish in the creek and later visit the festival for a full day of fun and relaxation.
  • Moreland Mill: A historic site located directly on the creek, offers excellent sport and gorgeous surroundings in equal measure.
  • Bridgewater Downtown: Just a short distance from the creek, is fantastic for both convenience and variety of aquatic species.

With broad, flat stones popping out from the water, slow currents, and crystal clear water, these spots offer plenty of chances to get a good catch.

Best Access Points

If you’re in Bridgewater and looking to fly fish on the Mossy Creek, here are the best access points:

  • Main Street Bridge: Centrally located, a good starting point for any fishing excursion.
  • Old Bridge Road: Upstream from the main town, it offers a quiet and peaceful fishing spot.
  • Mossy Creek Fly Fishing: Located downstream, it’s perfect for beginners.
  • McCormick’s Farm: After requesting permission, it is an excellent spot with great fish variety.
  • Winding Way: Offers multiple access points along the river and the surroundings are picturesque.

Remember, always respect private property and leave no trace behind when you leave. Keep the Mossy Creek beautiful for future generations of fly fishers.

Local Fish

  • Brook Trout: This is the only trout species native to Virginia and a popular catch on the Mossy Creek.
  • Rainbow Trout: Introduced from the West Coast, rainbow trout are hard fighters and provide a great fly fishing challenge.
    1. Brown Trout: Known for their elusive nature, brown trout are a coveted catch for fly fishers on the creek.
    2. Smallmouth Bass: An adaptable and robust species, smallmouth bass thrive in a variety of water conditions in the Mossy Creek.
  • Crayfish: While not a fish, crayfish are a popular target due to their abundance and the challenge they pose to fly fishers.
  • Bluegill: Known for their aggressive behavior and willingness to bite, bluegill present a fun and engaging target for fishers.
    1. Green Sunfish: These fish thrive in the calm waters of the Mossy Creek and make for an enjoyable catch for experienced and beginner fly fishers alike.
    2. Rock Bass: As the name suggests, these fish prefer rocky environments and are a common target in the Mossy Creek.

About The River

The charming of Mossy Creek, part of Bridgewater, has an intriguing history that shouldn’t be ignored. Located in Virginia’s heart, the scenic beauty of this friendly community holds the echo of several historical events.

  • The region’s initial growth started in the 18th century when German and Scottish immigrants decided to set up their homes along its picturesque creeks.
  • Mossy Creek Ironworks was erected in 1775 and played a crucial role in the iron industry, which was an eminent part of the region’s early economy.
  • The establishment of Bridgewater College in 1880 catapulted the area as one of the premier educational centers.

Over the centuries, the kinship between Mossy Creek and Bridgewater has only strengthened, each contributing to the others’ growth, rich heritage, and cultural wealth. It’s remarkable to witness how a small creek saw a town’s birth and helped it transform into a thriving community.

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