For those who prefer fishing in the shade, Smith Creek provides a section that fits the bill year-round in downtown Clifton Forge.
After Smith Creek passes under Church St., it bends to the right away from the Clifton Forge Public Library on the bank above it and flows past the Masonic Amphitheatre where the southeastern corner of The Historic Masonic Theatre (circa 1905) turns the stream to the left.
From there, Smith Creek continues south under Main St. and Ridgeway St., embracing the foundation of buildings, including Primis Bank, as it provides shade for fishermen who desire to fish in the underground.
Fishing with Angels, a charitable trout fishing day at Smith Creek for those with intellectual challenges and physical disabilities, was organized and conducted by William Nicely, a local contractor, prior to COVID-19.
William’s son, Ben Nicely, is the newest member of the Clifton Forge Town Council, having been elected in Nov. of 2022.
Perhaps one day Smith Creek will be stocked with trout again as it was for Fishing with Angels.