Virginia offers a variety in fly
fishing experience which few states can match. New Zealand may make
the headlines for its huge browns, and Patagonia or Alaska for monstrous
rainbows, but few countries or states offer the chance to catch so many
species in a short geographic area as the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
At Angler's Lane we have offered certain components of this experience over
the years. Two years ago we put together a trip
offering a combination of venues during which one can enjoy the breadth of
the Virginia beauty and fly fishing experience while not having to pay huge
bucks for plane flights overseas. Our clients thoroughly enjoyed this
trip so we are offering it again this year.
trip starts in the mountains on the Jackson River, which we like to call the
headwaters of the James. You will be lodging at Stonesthrow on
Jackson, our cabin on the tailwater section of the river below Lake
Moomaw. Since construction of Gathright dam in 1984, the river has
produced a steady crop of wild rainbow and brown trout, even though it has
experienced an exciting history of flux between interested parties.
You will have the chance to wade fish our private properties there and we
will navigate you down the river on float trips so you can be on the fish
without having to worry about the stepping on landowner toes.
Midweek we will proceed over our lodge and 218-acre property Rivenridge on
the Piney River, from which we will launch for float fishing on the James
and Staunton Rivers for smallmouth bass. Fishing with Angler's Lane
guides you will pursue smallmouth bass--the hardest fighting species in the black bass family--along
with chances to hook into gar, walleye, white bass, largemouth bass and even
carp--the mystery fish on a flyrod. Those
seeking the best of Virginia fly fishing need to enjoy these warmater
species which represent the best of mid-summer action.
The beauty of this plan is that Rivenridge offers a natural backup in case
of heavy rains, which we have experienced frequently this spring. While one can never guarantee that we will be fishing
every day, usually if we get heavy storms on the larger rivers, then
Rivenridge offers an a practical and enjoyable fishing option with its
native brookies, since it is only 6 miles from the source and the water
clears up there quickly after storms.
Please join us for the best of Virginia fly fishing. There is a
good chance we can customize these dates if you are the first party to book
with us, so let us know quickly of your interest.
If you like what you see, I hope we can receive your commitment soon, as the
guides in this area have a fairly short season and need to know our
headcount sooner versus later.
We also can host trips mixing our lodges on the Jackson & Piney with other
Va and Tennessee rivers where we engage the most knowledgeable guides we
know. We will incorporate non-fishing activities inside the trip
for your enjoyment and relaxation. We did this in 2014 and our clients
had a blast.
Best of Virginia (contact
us to select your week)
A brief summary of our itinerary as it stands now:
Monday - Day
1 – Wade fish on your
own upon arrival in front of our Stonesthrow
cabin on Jackson River. Cookout dinner and overnight at Stonesthrow
Tuesday - Day 2 – Float fish for
trout on the Jackson River. Dinner and overnight at Stonesthrow.
Wednesday - Day 3 – Float fish for
trout on the Jackson River for half day. Drive to Rivenridge at
Piney Forks. Dinner and
Overnight at Rivenridge at Piney Forks. Fish for brook trout on
South and North Fork of Piney River while chef is cooking dinner.
Thursday - Day 4 -
Fish for brookies early in am. Early lunch and then Float fish
James River for smallmouth bass. Dinner and overnight at
Rivenridge at Piney Forks.
Friday - Day 5 – Float fish Staunton River for
smallmouth bass. Return home after fishing.
price per person :
$ 2950 Single occupancy
$ 1990 Double occupancy
Deposit $800 reserves your spot;
due 10 days prior to trip.
Included: Lodging and meals from Day 1 through Day
5 lunch. All guided fishing trips.
Not included: Airfare; Gratuities for guides; alcoholic beverages; fishing licenses.
taken on a nymph in Jackson River tailwater!
Big Brown on day 5, third
river of this past year's Best of Va Trip.
Thanks John and fishing buddy Bob on camera !
Another big brown--day 6 of this
past year's Best of Va Trip. Nice job
Patrick & David!
rising trout just in front of Rivenridge at Piney Forks Lodge
The Rivenridge lodge--where fishing tales
are enhanced !
Citation smallmouth are within reach on the
Summer-time topwater action on the James!
Striper action on the Staunton
-- icing on the cake...
... a river which delivers plenty of surprises !