by Kevin Dallmier (Falcon Guides)
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Fished Stamp Creek for the first time today. Didn't have any luck at the Stamp Creek Rd bridge, so drove into the WMA to the Pine Log "bridge" and worked my way downstream about a mile or so. Landed 3 small rainbows, but they put up a great fight. On my way back up, I saw a nice little pool and decided to throw my Joe's Fly in there for the heck of it. Was so surprised when a 1 1/2 pound largemouth came barreling out of some brush on the opposite bank and scooped up my fly. What a treat on my Shakespere Micro set,,,,
Great trip, looking forward to my next time on the Stamp !!!
8-10-08 My wife and I hiked the stamp creek trail from the check station up grassy hollow rd to pine log gap road. All these are dirt and gravel one lane wma access roads and the gates are all closed to any vehicles. Hikers and horses are all we met on the way in but there were 7 people on trail bikes at the bridge over stamp creek on pine log gap road. From best I can calculate this is about a 2 mi in and 2 mi out hike, with some pretty good hills to get the heart pumping and some nice views along the way. At the bridge (they were three culverts actually) we saw 15 or 20 nice pan size trout up stream at pine log gap road.
I plan on going back soon and see how the fishing is in stamp creek.
Hiking is moderate on a dirt/gravel road. There are many shaded pools on the creek. There is also a bridge (culvert) on the creek approximately 1 1/2 miles in on the road. For a special treat, go to the far bank and follow the trail approximately 50 yards or so. There is an old furnace that is almost completely hidden by foliage. It is about 25 feet high and almost looks like an old train trestle. Worth seeing.
Grew up about a mile or so as the crow flies from the bridge on Stamp Creek Road.
One day in '79 a friend and I hiked up the creek - no WMA or roads there then. Many nice pools, some logging roads, awesome scenery. Of course, we were on the creek and in the woods around there all the time - he lived really close. We also climbed the old mining cuts closer to White, and often up Sharptop Mountain, but both are private property. There are at least 3 furnaces in the immediate Stamp Creek area - one above the bridge, one a good ways up the creek and another down the creek near Old Mill Hole. If I recall correctly, in antebellum days, there were supposed to be 7 total, including the two at Cooper's. There used to be a swimming hole just below the bridge on Stamp Creek Road, and in the summer it was always a toss-up as to who or what would be there :) That was some of the coldest water I ever felt.... Good times, good times.
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