Washington County, Maryland, October 8, 2017
After dealing with low flow fly fishing at Big Hunting Creek in the morning, I decided to head over the mountain to try to hook bigger trout at Beaver Creek.

The rain had somewhat cleared out although once in awhile a short drizzle of moisture would blow through the area. A short 20 minute drive later, I pulled into the parking lot across the street from
Beaver Creek Fly Shop, grabbed my rod and headed for the water.

Again, the water here was low and moving slow. Lots of small trout willing to play but the big ones just sat there with lock jaw and refused to eat anything presented--surface or subsurface, large or small.

I packed it in after awhile and headed to the middle section of the creek. However I was surprised that the large pasture parking lot entrance was closed and a very large NO TRESPASSING sign hung from a nearby post. I’m not sure what happened here, but it is not good if you normally fish the middle section of Beaver Creek. Without this access point, you have to park at the upper lot and walk down. That’s a pretty fair walk with a couple creek crossings, going and coming, thrown in.

I turned around and headed for the upper lot. After crossing the one-lane bridge I saw there were two vehicles already parked there. I thought hard about what to do at this point--continue to fish the low water or drive to Sheetz for a Coke and sandwich. Food won.

EQUIPMENT: I used a medium action 4 weight rod, a Rio Trout weight forward line and a standard 9 foot leader tapered to 5X.

WARNING: The pasture-sized fly fishing parking lot, about 100 yards past Beaver Creek Church Road, is closed and has been posted as private property, NO TRESSPASSING. This parking area used to allow fly fishing access to the middle portion of the creek

From I-70 heading towards Hagerstown, take Exit 66 (Boonsboro) and turn left at bottom of ramp onto Mapleville Road (66). Continue down past Beaver Creek Fly Shop and turn right onto Beaver Creek Church Road. Follow the road over the small one-lane bridge, turn left, and about 100 yards on your right will be a small parking lot. The gate across from the parking lot gives you access to Beaver Creek. Please follow the posted directions.