1. What are arrival and departure
times for Stonesthrow?
overnight bookings are for 24-hour periods with two
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), then you
may add an extra day to your overnight for $75 per person, or 25% off the
regular price for a day pass.
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
the Jackson, 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
Virginia residents 16 and over need a valid Va freshwater fishing
license. Non-Virginia residents 12 and
over need a valid Virginia freshwater fishing license. If you are over the age of 65 you still need a Va
fishing license. If for some reason you leave the stretch of the
Jackson between Gathright Dam and Covington to fish off our property above
Lake Moomaw you do need a Va Trout license as well.
3b. Can we keep fish? Can we spin fish?
No, Stonesthrow is fly fishing only,
catch and release! As Tom says, we do not like to kill our business associates.
What are the borders of Stonesthrow?
We have five different properties on the Jackson and work with our
neighbors in each case to keep friendly landowner relations. Before we
book you into the lodge we will review borders, and have a guest book at the
lodge explaining that property.
4b. Will we see anyone else at
This is the Jackson River and is frequented by the public. You will
see others on the river itself. If questions call us
5. What do we do about meals?
Stonesthrow 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 restaurants within 15 minutes of the
cabin from which to choose if you prefer to eat out Cucci's, The
John Burke House, Applebee's). We have a contact with the owner of the
John Burke House who with sufficient notice will deliver meals for a fee.
6. What about linens, towels etc?
We have a cleaning service who ensures that you have clean sheets and
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 Stonesthrow? While we have a cleaning service,
Stonesthrow is a mountain cabin and as such you may encounter
small wildlife which you would expect in the mountains, so don't freak out.
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.
When we started the water had a sulfur smell but in summer of 2016 we
changed filter systems and eliminated this smell to the point that we now
drink the water, use if for coffee and ice cubes, and add it to a wee dram
of scotch when toasting the day's fishing (the last of which requires very
pure water indeed!).
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.)
What are the best times of year to fish? One can fish
Stonesthrow from late February - late December so long as the water level is
sufficient. From 100 to around 500 cfs most people can wade the
Jackson. From 500 cfs to 650 cfs one must exercise caution. The
safest way to fish is to book us for a float trip.
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, though 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.
How do we get into the lodge? A day
before your stay ask Angler's Lane
for location of house key.
What type of trout can we expect to catch?
Wild rainbow and wild brown trout are the target species.
We catch fall fish (Semotilus
corporalis) consistently; these are native to the
river and should be treated with respect. Once a year or so we catch a
chain pickrel, a smallmouth bass, or a brook
Does the cabin have WIFI or Cable TV?
No; however one can see the cellphone tower from
the cabin so we get excellent reception on Verizon, Sprint and most other
cell carriers as well. One can stream sports onto cell phone and
hotspot to PC or hook up to TV in a pinch.
We are booking you for a guided trip while at Stonesthrow. What do I
tip my guide? Tipping your guide is a
personal decision, and the percentage is on par with what you do at a
restaurant. Regardless of who your guide is, the decision is your
choice, and a guide tip is
always appreciated. You may have
heard the one about the guide who won the lottery. When asked by his
friend what he planned to do, he replied, "Keep on guiding until the money