Fly fish the
difficult-to-access Jackson River with an experienced Angler's Lane guide,
using our private lodge or lodging of your own choice. With five
properties spread along the Jackson River, we can guide you on this
river without difficulty so you can enjoy Virginia's most scenic floatable
river for trout. Also, if you stay at The Homestead or
The Greenbrier resorts and want to fish the area,
or call 434-385-0200 and we can guide you on the Jackson. We
day passes to our Jackson River properties, pending availability (when
not reserved by our
guided and overnight clients).
Formed by the confluence of
the Jackson and the Cowpasture, the James is perhaps the
quintessential river where fly fishing and Virginia history intersect. Fly
fishermen who know the James
(a smallmouth bass and muskie favorite) eventually seek its beautiful headwaters, the Jackson River,
in pursuit of wild rainbow and brown trout. The last time the river
was truly stocked was the mid-1990's, so virtually all of these trout are
wild (naturally reproducing)!
(Exception: some of Homestead's
fish which occasionally wash down with heavy rains from the Cascades and
While the average size ranges from 10" - 14" we catch larger fish on
most trips including occasional trout over 20".
If you are looking for a place to stay, our cabin, Stonesthrow on
Jackson offers a convenient base from which to fly fish the Jackson River in Virginia.
We call it Stonesthrow because from the porch a child can hit the river with
a stone. Our guides can take you
float fishing or wading on our property at Stonesthrow and many other private
access points as well as several open access points on the Jackson. We have
been fishing this river since the early 1990's, and frequently for the last
10 years, so we know it well.
Stonesthrow offers 3
bedrooms, 2 baths, and a comfortable living room connected to a convenient
kitchen & dining room with a close-up
view of the Jackson (see photos). The setup works like a house at the beach--your towels
and linens are taken care of and you have access to cooking facilities (gas
stove, oven and grill) with restaurants and grocery stores 10 minutes away
We are located less than 15 minutes from Interstate-64 exit #18, within 25
minutes of Hot Springs, Virginia and 30 minutes from Warm Springs, West
Virginia. Perfect for resort golfers looking to combine golfing with
Stonesthrow you have several great options to enjoy Virginia's premier float fishery
for trout. One day our guide can launch you from the house after your
breakfast, float throughout the day and take out at one of our private landings
four and five miles downstream. Another day we can start your
float trip upstream on our Landis Driver property several miles below Gathright Dam, allowing you to fish the
Jackson and landing you right at Stonesthrow in time for
your dinner. We have other floats on the Jackson from Gathright to
Covington, and offer walk & wade trips
on our four
properties as well. One advantage of staying at Stonesthrow is that fishing addicts can
hit the stream from the cabin before breakfast and after dinner.
You can easily spend a week fishing from Stonesthrow; in fact we offer full week
Best of the Jackson and
the Virginia trips with customized dates for those who want an extended
In addition to working to put you on fish, we know the areas covered by the perplexing kings grant laws, respect the
rights of those and respective landowners, and keep abreast of the legal
issues involving river land rights. We
respect fellow landowner's rights and know where we can fish and where
we truly cannot (our owners also own land along the river). Those
floating the river without the need to anchor have a leg up on
walk-and-waders or kayakers. Knowing what
you can and cannot do on the Jackson is truly an important part of fishing this
river so if you are in doubt you will get your value-added from the
assistance of a knowledgeable guide. We also communicate with
the Corps of Engineers regarding water flows and stay in touch with their
schedule of pulse releases which can mess up a
day's fishing (and cause you to drown) if one is not paying attention.
Extend your fishing trip by
adding a couple of days at Rivenridge at Piney Forks lodge 90
minutes away. Additionally we can also take you above Lake Moomaw to
fish the upper Jackson at Hidden Valley, the state's special regulation
water, plus Back Creek which meets the Jackson above Lake Moomaw. If you want to spend a
week combining our guided trips in a turnkey fashion, take our
the Jackson trip.
If you stay at The Homestead or
The Greenbrier resorts and want to fish the area, just
or call 434-385-0200 for a guide on the Jackson. Also, one can purchase
access passes from Angler's Lane to fish unguided from the lodge and our
other properties if you already know the river (though we
give booking priority to our Stonesthrow and guide clients). Any
way you can get to the Jackson, this river is worth the trip!
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