Virginia Creeper Fly Shop

A full-service specialty fly shop serving SW VA & NE TN with professional guide services offering guided trips and instruction.

We offer a full line of the wonderful stuff of fly fishing equipment to meet your angling needs, be it high country creeks, highland streams, tailwaters, smallmouth rivers or saltwater.

One of our regular customers took out his Temple Fork Outfitters Pro Series II 6 weight 9 foot rod and NXT III Back label reel and caught some nice bass and blue gill using frog pattern poppers, shallow brown wooly buggers, and San Juan worms. We have all the gear you need for fun summer fishing. Stop by our shop and we will get you the gear for bass, trout, blue gill and other species of fish.

[06/05/20]   We just received a shipment of the new design Air-Lock strike indicators. We have both 1/2" and 3/4" sizes. Stop by the store and pick them up.

Our TFO promotion is being extended through the end of June. Now is a great time to get the perfect Father's Day gift.We will be offering a $25.00 gift certificate for our store with the purchase of a TFO Finesse Trout rod or the Axiom series rods. We have the perfect rods for the creeks and streams in Northeast TN and Southwest Virginia. Stop by or call our shop at (276) 628-3826 for more details.

This is a great way to get yourself equipped for the season. Stop in and check out our inventory today. #TFORods.

[05/29/20]   In order to remain compliant with the Virginia COVID-19 regulations, we must ask all customers to wear a face mask inside our shop at this time. You are still welcome to call in an order also. We remain committed to our customers' safety and continue to sanitize, practice social distancing and are taking all precautions necessary. We greatly appreciate your business and thank you for all your support.

Are you looking for some new waders to get started fly fishing or for a replacement? We have some Redington Waders for 20% off. Supplies are limited so stop by our shop or call for available sizes.

2020 Swarmageddon: 17-Year Cicadas Set to Emerge Across Virginia

Did you know we are expecting a potential cicada hatch this summer? Every fish species love them. We have the pattern ready for you for only $5.00. Get them before they are all gone. Scientists expect hundreds of millions of 17-year cicadas to hatch and emerge from the ground this season.

We are excited to announce a NEW promotion for the month of May. During the month of May. We will be offering a $25.00 gift certificate for our store with the purchase of a TFO Finesse Trout rod or the Axiom series rods.

This is a great way to get yourself equipped for the season. Stop in and check out our inventory today. #TFORods

We know several of our customers fish in both TN and VA. There is a lot of mixed information floating around about the TN lakes and streams. A post was made from the TWRA this morning declaring they are still open. Keep fishing and social distancing. Keep practicing COVID-19 recommendations and be safe. If you need supplies call us at 276-628-3826 and we will help you.


There are several #fakenews posts circulating social media that hunting, fishing, and our waterways are closed. That is NOT true. Tennessee hunting, fishing, and our waterways are OPEN. Get out and #socialdistance yourself while hunting, fishing, or boating.

Remember the ONLY SOURCE for accurate, up to date, and factual information is our website. We have information regarding Frequently Asked Questions, TWRA updates, and closures regarding COVID-19.


Happy Easter everyone.

[04/09/20]   We will be open during our normal hours Friday, Saturday and Monday. We will be closed in observance of Easter this Sunday. We appreciate your business and hope to see you soon. Feel free to call us for stream conditions or if you have questions (276) 628-3826.

Some of the access to the rivers may be limited right now, depending on the location, but there are plenty of lakes and mountain streams available. Here is one of our customers that purchased a new TFO PRO II Series 6 weight four-piece rod rod and NXT reel with line and backing. He used a brown and black wooly booger pattern streamer from our shop on a pond and caught a small bass. We have the supplies for your fly fishing needs for the rivers, lakes and streams. Call our shop or stop by and we will help you. If you have some recent photos of your catch be sure to share it with us.

[03/26/20]   We are still open
COVID-19 Statement

At the Virginia Creeper Fly Shop in Abingdon, Virginia, we are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 issue. While we adhere to the regulations of our Governor and the recommendations of our President, we realize getting outdoors is a great way to relieve stress, take in Spring weather and fresh air.

Our store remains open. Social distancing is essential and here in our shop we have enough space for people to shop comfortably and safely. Rarely do we have more than 3 customers at a time in our building so if we have more than 3 customers, we will have others wait on our big front porch. We sanitize our shop every day and use hand sanitizer and wash our hands regularly. Our lawn allows you to cast if you would like to try out one of our fly rods

We have everything you need for fly fishing in our area. If you are planning to fish but do not want to come inside our building, we will be happy to prepare supplies in advance of your trip to the water, and we can leave your order on our front porch, bring the order out to your car here in our parking lot or we can mail/UPS ship it directly to you. You can call in your order ahead; our shop # is (276) 628-3826.

Your safety is important to us. Because of the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and unprecedented nature of this virus, policies and mandates from our Governor can change at any given moment. We will do our best to keep you informed if our store hours change or our store availability changes. Until then, we encourage you to continue to safely enjoy the beauty of our region and the great outdoors. If you go fishing with a non-family friend then we suggest you travel separately, meet at your fishing location and practice the 6 feet or more physical distance on the water and at the parking area

We sincerely appreciate your continued support and appreciate your business not only now, but during the last 26 years.

Bruce Wankel
Virginia Creeper Fly Shop

Before making a delivery yesterday down in one of the tri-cities, I found I had some extra time on my hands so I stopped off for some fishing. Had to take a little walk before meeting up with a pretty thing.... I had to leave....
yet the pretty thing is still there in the river

Happy New Year 2017. Winter is the time that most of us start thinking about tying our favorite flies for the coming year. We want you to be aware that we mail fly tying materials to some of our out of town customers and we can do the same for you! Postage for small orders, like the one pictured, are often $3.00 or less. We are offering 5% off of all fly tying materials and tools for the first 2 weeks of the New Year if you use Promo Code: LuckyBruce17.

Japanese beetle patterns are a favorite of mine this time of year. Several weeks ago I noticed them in the shrubs here at my shop and also on the bushes along the Holston tailwater and the south Fork Holston up here in Virginia. Beetles, ants inchworms are good patterns to try now and look for grass hoppers late in August and September. Each year, I usually catch my biggest trout, when fishing surface patterns, using terrestrial patterns. My brother Ronnie and I both caught nice browns on beetle patterns last week in the slack water under a tree lined bank on the Holston tailwater.

Green Drakes have been Hatching on the local streams. The bugs on Whitetop Laurel are starting to slow down, but the bugs on the South Fork at Buller are going Strong!

Had a fine time wading the banks of the lower Holston at Rogersville yesterday with Daniel Adams, Randy Peake and their Chilhowie VA area relatives. Hybrids and white bass are up in river now below Hugh B Day bridge. Darker colors of smaller sized clousers worked best for us. A 5 wt rod would work well for the white bass but a 6 or 7 wt would help a person deal with the hybrids.

[02/14/16]   We have changed our Monday-Saturday Shop hours this winter to open from 9:30 to 5:30. Our Sunday hours are still 12:00-5:00.

[02/07/16]   We will be offering FREE Fly Tying classes in March. They will be on Tuesday the 8th, Thursday the 10th, Tuesday the 15th, and Thursday the 17th. All tools and materials will be provided by us. If you are interested you need to pre-register for each night by calling the shop at (276)628-3826.The classes will start at 7 pm and run to around 8:30.We will have a 5 person limit for each night. If you have any questions just give us a call!

We have these 2 Tibor reels on sale right now. Both are fantastic salt water reels. Give us a call or come by the shop for more information.

2015 was a fun and fishy year! Come Fish with us in 2016!

2015 was a superb year!

Virginia Creeper Fly Shop

2015 was a superb year!


2015 was a superb year!

2015 was a superb year!

[12/27/15]   We here at VC Fly Shop hope everyone has had an awesome Christmas. While our streamflows are dropping, come by the shop and stock up on flies and anything else you need to go fishing. Don't forget, we're open on Sundays from 12 to 5!

[11/29/15]   We just got a ton of new products from Fishpond, Simms, and Umpqua in the shop. Give the gift of fly fishing this holiday season!

[07/24/15]   Hey Everyone, Sorry for the long silence on our page. We have had a very hectic last couple months, but everything is going back to normal. We have had a lot of high water lately, but the flows are slowly going back to normal. We have been seeing huge Sulphur Hatches on the South Holston during generation. Don't Forget, we offer guided Float trips on our local Tailwaters! Give us a call, or come by the shop if you are interested.

[04/26/15]   The fishing in our area is picking up. We have been seeing big numbers of Quill Gordons and March Browns on Whitetop Laurel. Sulphurs are beginning to show there faces on the South Holston.It looks like it is going to be an awesome year!

We are now booking trips for hybrids, stripers, and white bass. Give us a call or come by the shop for more information.

Come out to the Holston River Brewing Co. this Saturday for the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Doors open at noon and the film begins at 3:00.

If you would like learn to how to fly fish, give us a call or come by the shop to learn about our introductory fly fishing trip. We also rent out all the necessary gear to fly fish if you would like to try it on your own.

We just got a big Fishpond order in today! We have the new and improved Westwater series line of packs and bags, as well as a couple of Nomad Nets. We are also about to receive a lot of fly tying supplies as well.

The Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to the Holston River Brewing Company on Saturday, March 21. There are some awesome films this year, so be sure to come by!

We have select discontinued items sale priced 25-30% off including Fishpond vests, packs, and bags, and R.L. Winston BllT, GVX, and Passport series fly rods. Give us a call or come by the shop for more information.

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Abingdon, VA

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