Anglers Lane has guided more days on the Staunton River than any other guide service, having started in 1999. We know the river intimately and own properties along the river and have access to others along the entire 40 miles from Leesville Dam to Brookneal. While "in the eyes of fish all men (and women) are equal," we are confident we can give you a memorable trip on the Staunton.
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call 434-385-0200 to book/discuss your guided trip on the Staunton.
Our most experienced guides have fished the Staunton since 1969 when Angler's Lane owner Doug Lane first walked downhill from home to fish it. He started fishing it frequently in 1989, a few years after AEP changed the water releases from Leesville dam in a way which improved the smallmouth fishery. We started our first guided trips on the Staunton in 1999, and have accumulated knowledge year after year, adding experienced guides, and still learning about the river every trip out. We have numerous landings on the river--both private and public--ensuring the right length trip for our clients. During a day's trip we work hard to put you on the fish, and help you maximize your fishing experience.
Our trips on the Staunton primarily target smallmouth and largemouth bass, as well as stripers and walleye from March through October. Striped bass migrate upriver from Kerr Reservoir and perform a true spawn in the Staunton (not a false spawn as in local reservoirs). The Staunton offers great species variety. We occasionally catch bream, catfish, carp, and quillback carpsuckers, and long-nosed gar. The rarest catches in our many years of guiding have been a bowfin (1998) and a few rainbow trout (2000, 2020 & 2021)--go figure.
The Roanoke originates near Christiansburg in Montgomery County and eventually flows into Albemarle Sound near Edenton NC. The Staunton River represents the section of the Roanoke River from Leesville Lake to Clarksville, at the mouth of Kerr Reservoir (aka Buggs Island Lake). We fish the Staunton on all stretches of the 40 miles from Leesville Dam to Brookneal and use private and public access points, tailoring the trip to our clients' schedule. If you are a DIY fisherman, you may want to try the James which is probably less crowded these days.
Full Day Float Trip on Staunton River
Raft for 2-Person float $549 total daily
Raft for 1-Person $499 total daily
Guide, private access on our properties, lunch, equipment use (fly rods & reels and waders if you need them).
Va state fishing license, guide tip at client discretion, lost flies.
CONTACT US or call 434-385-0200 to book your trip on the Staunton.
Included are fly rods and reels needed for the day, flies, leaders tippet, lunch, H20 and other non-alcoholic beverages. Not included essentials: Va fishing license. Advisable to bring a rain jacket, sunscreen, sun protection garments, & polarized sunglasses. Some clients prefer to spin fish--feel free to discuss with guide.