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FAQs - Frequently asked Questions - Rivenridge at Piney Forks - Be sure to read #12


1.  What are arrival and departure times for Rivenridge?

All overnight bookings are for 24-hour periods with two choices:

  9am - 9 am    or      6 pm to 6 pm 

The first client to book the lodge for available date(s) may choose which check-in time they prefer.

2.  Can we fish an extra day?
Each overnight includes a full day of fishing. As explained above it is either the day before or the day after your arrival--not noon to noon.  If you would like to fish an extra day (ie., two overnights and three days of fishing), and you have four or more fishing, then you may add an extra day of fishing to your overnight for $75 per person for a day pass.  The minimum charge for this extra day of fishing without an overnight is $200 for the group.

People often ask us "Why not noon to noon?"  The reason is simple:  This is small stream fishing and if someone fishes the stream during a morning, then the fishing on those waters is not as good the rest of the day until the fish can settle down.  You would not want to check in at noon and fish waters which have already been fished over!  Guests checking in ~ 9am are the first to fish the stream of for the day.  Guests checking in at 6 pm know the waters may have been fished already day of check-in, but just before a cocktail or dinner in the beauty of Rivenridge, you are in a relaxed mood anyway; waters will settle down overnight and you will be the first to fish them the next day.

3a.  What type of licenses do we need?
Virginia residents 16 and over need a valid Va freshwater fishing license and a National Forest Permit.  Non-Virginia residents 12 and over need a valid Virginia freshwater fishing license and a National Forest Permit.  If you are over the age of 65 you do not need a national forest permit but still need a Va fishing license.  (Note:  You do not need a Va Trout license to fish Rivenridge but the moment you leave our property upstream on the South Fork, or if you fish the Piney proper (aka Big Piney) then you do need a Va Trout license between October 1 and June 15.   The South Fork and Piney River proper are designated,[aka state-stocked] trout waters beyond our property.  Most clients never leave our property.) 

3b.  Can we keep fish? Can we spin fish?
No, Rivenridge is fly fishing only, catch and release! As Tom says, we do not like to kill our business associates.

4a.  What are the borders of Rivenridge?
Rivenridge property includes ~ 3/4 mile on the South Fork and ~ 1.25 miles on the North Fork of the Piney, and borders are as follows:  Upstream on the South Fork the National Forest is our border, and is noted by red paint on trees and a string of our posted signs. Upstream on the North Fork the National Forest is our border at confluences of Louisa Springs branch, and is noted by red paint on trees; our posted signs appear in the stream here facing upstream.  The confluence of the North Fork and South Fork is our border on the downstream or southeast side.  Do not fish on the Piney River proper (river below the confluence of the South Fork and North Fork) between our property and the state stocked water. 

4b.  Will we see anyone else on the property?   
If you book Rivenridge overnight for a party of four or more then we do not allow another fishing party.  Of course you may see a Rivenridge owner or Angler's Lane associate doing maintenance there or traversing the property, but such sightings are rare. 

Your privacy is important, so if you see anybody fishing on property who does not have written permission,  contact us immediately:

f you book for day passes fewer than four rods, then we may place another rod on the stream.  If you are an overnight guest then we will contact you before doing so.  Overnight guests have first choice of where to fish.

5.  What do we do about meals?

Rivenridge operates like a house at the beach.  We have a gas stove and gas burners as well as a grill outside for you to cook your meals.  Plenty of utensils, plates, spices etc. 

There are several country stores and restaurants within 20 minutes of the lodge from which to choose if you prefer to eat out:

Sit-down with take-out of full meals if you call in: 
Lovingston Cafe                (434) 263-8000  165 Front St                 Lovingston                (25 min)
The Briar Patch                (434) 946-2249   883 S Main St              Amherst                  (30 min)
The Filling Station             (434) 381-2051  102 Lexington Turnpike  Amherst                  (34 min)
Devil's Backbone Brewery  (434) 361-1101  200 Mosbys Run         Roseland, VA 22967  (35 min)

Take out only Riverview Market in Lowesville 434-277-5022   hot dogs, hamburgers, country store.
Thai Sam on Rte 56 just west of Rte 29 - 56 Intersection (434) 263-8577. Reportedly excellent Thai food. 

Effective 4/1/2017 Mountainview Market on 778 Lowesville Rd, 2 miles south of Riverview Market, will open again for meals on the weekends, after a 2-yr hiatus.  Very Good takeout and room to eat in as well. 18 minutes from Rivenridge.

6.  What about linens, towels etc?  We have a cleaning service who ensures that you have clean sheets and towels upon check in and they clean up towels and linens afterwards.  The neater you can leave it the better, but don't make up your bed the last day--make it obvious where you have slept.

7.  How clean can we expect the lodge to be upon arrival?  In the spectrum between the Ritz and a fishing shack where is Rivenridge?  While we have a cleaning service, Rivenridge is clearly a mountain cabin and as such you may encounter small wildlife which you would expect in the mountains, so don't freak out.  In early spring we have a week or so of lady bugs.  Almost any time you may see a an occasional ant or similar under the bed, usually deceased.  We try to keep the lodge very clean for you upon arrival but as a mountain cabin it will not be perfectly void of any sign of life. 

8. In counting group size do you distinguish between fishing and non-fishing clients?   No.  (Most clients find it impossible to resist the urge to fish.)

9. What are the best times of year to fish?  One can fish Rivenridge from late February - late November so long as the water level is sufficient.  If the USGS Piney River gauge is over 20 cfs and under 400 cfs the Piney is fishable, with 20 - 39 cfs being ok, 40cfs to 50cfs being good and 50 cfs - 200 cfs our ideal range.  (We have fished it above 400 cfs with sink tips.)  Typically March - June and late September - early November are best for these water levels.   In fall we have fished as low as 15 cfs if water temps are mid-60s (F) or cooler.  If this doesn't make sense, please call Anglers Lane and we'll review.

10. Billing -  what is deposit & cancellation policy?   At time of booking we require a 50% deposit for single overnights and/or guided trips a 1/3 deposit for longer trips; once you make deposit your room is reserved.  Balance due first day of your stay.  (Store is located away from lodge and is not open Sundays.)   If you have to reschedule we work with you with sufficient notice to reschedule.  As a policy we do not provide outright refunds because, like airline flights, we cannot resell these days as we get closer to the event without taking a bath.

12. How do we get into the lodge?  A day before your stay ask Angler's Lane for (a) combo to gates  and (b) location of house key.  The first gate has two combo locks; use the bronze one as in picture D below.  See pic below for correct method of locking 2nd gate (the one at the crossing 15' from the South Fork of the Piney after you ford the stream) and for inserting combo in correct row.

13. What type of trout can we expect to catch?  Native brook trout in both the South Fork and North Fork of the Piney River are the feature of Rivenridge. Also in the South Fork you may occasionally catch a wild brown trout which took after the state ceased stocking browns in the Piney. Although we stock the South Fork frequently and generously with 12' - 19" Labrador brook trout, do not expect the stocked brooks in this section to behave the way they do at lower gradient stocked streams where you may fish!  The behavior of stocked fish differs in high-gradient streams. Otter, American eels, and other predators will work them over if they "sit" in the middle of the stream in highly visible locations.  Just because you do not see stocked fish does not mean they are not there--you simply have to work for them!  This effort, plus the chance to catch native brook trout, the occasional wild brown trout, big rainbows and browns in the pond, plus pristine waters and scenery second to none--all these factors combine to offer a unique fishery which year after year brings back folks to Rivenridge.


Re Question # 12:   
Which picture shows the correct way to lock the gate--A, B or C?  (Hint, all locks must be able to unlock the gate after you finish locking the combo lock.)  See answer below.  
Also, bronze lock is our combo lock on both gates--be sure to use the top row of numbers on the combo lock, marked with dashes beside the first and last number, not the middle row of numbers as on some locks. 
A   B   C
Bronze lock is combo lock--when inputting combo, be sure to use the top row of numbers on the combo lock, marked with dashes beside the first and last number, not the middle row of numbers.        
Align correct numbers on top row with dashes        
Answer to quiz on locking combo lock at 2nd gate:  A is  right -- the Copper color lock goes through the other locks, making each lock relevant in the chain of opening the gate.  B & C  are wrong as they leave one or two other locks out of the chain, locking out power company or our neighbor.

If you passed the quiz, you have good common sense, or spent time on farms, or both.  If you failed it, you will really enjoy the time at Rivenridge the most as you may have a desk job, work in the city, or just need a break like the rest of us.
Suggestion:  Print this out or snap photo onto phone, unless you have great memory. There is no cell reception at the gates, surrounded by mountains!   
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