Back Creek

Back Creek gets little pressure compared to the Jackson River, because it's a further 15 minutes into the boondocks.  But it's a very nice fishery with colder water in the summer due to the bottom release dam that feeds the creek.  To get there take 39 west of Warm Springs, VA, cross the Jackson, and go up over the next ridge.  Take a right onto 600 (north) and go about 5.5 miles.  The Back Creek Delayed Harvest (you can't keep fish from October 1 to June 1) area access is the dirt road just to the right of the bridge.  Don't worry if you have to back up after you pass it.  I do every time.  (There's no sign).  

Back Creek as it is now is a completely engineered stream.  It was made by Dominion after they destroyed the old creek to put in the dam and power facility.  It sort of looks in places like a trout stream in Bill Gate's back yard, with gambions holding the banks and huge out-of-place boulders.  But it's a pretty little stream, with a picturesque bridge, and beautiful paper birches.

Update 11/20/11
The only fish I saw were around the foot-bridge.  Oddly, they wouldn't take a BWO or a streamer, but they did hit a #12 bank beetle with rubber legs.  I caught only 4 fish, but I missed another 6 takes.  These were all about 14-16" fish, and they fought hard.  Well worth the drive.  And there wasn't another single angler there the whole day, even thought it was a Sunday and 60 degrees!  I guess all ya'll were either watchin' football or killing bambi...

Update 1/2/11:
The fish stocked in November for the PHW/ Wounded Warriors Event are still around in good numbers.  No surface activity, but the rainbows were still biting on streamers fished nymph-style.  Not a single fish took the nymph dropper, so I eeventuallycut it off.  Water is significantly up compared to the Fall.  I landed 12 11-16" fish in about 4 hours.

Update 1/25/2014
LOTS of fish with many 14"-19". You can chuck eggs and nymphs into the runs.  But I'd advise long casts with a #18-#20 olive soft-hackle in the film or riding high with liberal frog's fanny dust.  One 16" fish took a #20 and then took line 14 times, jumping after run # 6.

Back Creek Rainbow

One of the November 2011 rainbows.