The Greasy Creek Legend
Greasy Creek (a wild trout stream) flows through upland pastures in Floyd, Va. Legend has it that hunters once skinned so many bear along its banks that the creek filled with grease.
Our Home Water--The Upper New River
The New River's ancient riverbed, pristine water, and diverse habitat provides a home to many species of trophy fish. Floating down this phenomenal fishery and getting lost in its natural beauty, you might even forget your original objective here- to catch fish! The abundant supply of forage available on the Upper New makes for a healthy population of smallmouth bass, walleye, and muskie. Throw in a seasonal running striped or hybrid bass along with the spotted bass that call the river home, and you may find it difficult to choose your target species. . . . And then there are those magical days that we catch the Upper New "slam."
Over the years, Greasy Creek Outfitters has appeared in many prominent magazines, including In-Fisherman, Bassmaster, Fly-Fish America, Eastern Fly-Fishing, NC Game and Fish, NC Sportsman, VA Game and Fish, Virginia Wildlife, Chesapeake Angler and more.
Greasy Creek Outfitters was started in 1997 by Mike Smith, who at first fished the New River for his own enjoyment, later bringing friends along who spread the word to their friends and lead to the birth of ‘Greasy Creek Outfitters’. In 2006, Gil Gillenwater joined Mike in the GCO venture as a guide with a lifetime of fishing and outdoor experience. When Mike started New River Fly Fishing in 2009, it created the opportunity for Gil to own and operate the company he loved while still keeping a professional relationship with Mike while cross-promoting both ventures. Today, Greasy Creek Outfitters is owned by Gil and his wife Kelly and continues to operate just as it did under Mike Smith.
We are currently researching land on the Little River to expand our operations to include wading and floating the Little River, canoe and kayak rentals, camping, youth and adult outreach programs to teach fishing, hunting and outdoor safety and conservation as well as Wounded Warrior, Project Healing Waters and other programs that give back to the community and promote the role of humans as stewards of the environment. Details coming soon.
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