Angler's Lane

Stonesthrow on Jackson
Angler's Lane Trout Lodge on the Jackson River
near Falling Spring and Hot Springs, Virginia

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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, contact us or call 434-385-0200 and we can guide you on the Jackson. We also offer day passes to our Jackson River properties, pending availability (when not reserved by our guided and overnight clients).
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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 Cedar Creek.)    While the average size ranges from 10" - 14"  we catch larger fish on many 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 in Covington. 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 fly fishing.

From 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 Best of the Virginia trips with customized dates for those who want an extended trip.

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 rightsand 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 Best of the Jackson trip.

If you stay at The Homestead or The Greenbrier resorts and want to fish the area, just contact us 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!

Rates In-season rates prevail currently.

Stonesthrow on Jackson FAQs

-- Norfolk District Corps of Engineers NAO projected water flows from Gathright Dam for today & tomorrow* temps
-- Gathright Dam - Current Jackson tailwater levels -   rest of Jackson and James River, other Va Rivers
-- Recent rainfall in Va
-- Inflows and Outflows

-- Water temps - Jackson and James River in Centigrade
Recall     Fahrenheit = (1.8 x Centigrade) + 32     example

Tangle into a big brown or rainbow as you pull into your night's stay in the cabin at Stonesthrow on Jackson!
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Jackson River guided trips, Stonesthrow overnights, Best of Jackson multi-day/night trips

Full Day Float Trip on Jackson River
Raft for
2-Person   $495 total daily^ 1-Person $480 total daily^
Daily fee includes guide with raft, lunch, equipment use (fly rods & reels and waders if you need them). Does not include Va state fishing license which you need to fish the Jackson (trout stamp not required below Gathright Dam).

Full Day Walk-and-wade Trip on Jackson River
1-Person $400 ^
2-Person $460 ^
Daily fee includes guide, private access on our properties lunch, equipment use (fly rods & reels and waders if you need them). Does not include Va state fishing license which you need to fish the Jackson (trout stamp not required below Gathright Dam). 3-person trip with one guide $600.

Overnight at Stonesthrow  (March - November)
1-Person $170 2-Person $260 3-Person $350 4-Person $440
Includes lodge rental and sales tax, plus fishing rights at Stonesthrow. Add $90 for each additional person.

Best of the Jackson River trips
Multi-day guided & overnights at Stonesthrow cabin
(for three different floats allow three days):
1st day Guided Float trip^ + Overnight at Stonesthrow + 2nd day walk-wade on your own 2-Person $755
Includes guided trip, overnight lodge rental, and fishing rights
to several of our properties on Jackson at 4.5 miles, 6.5 miles, 8.4 miles (Stonesthrow cabin), 12 miles and 13 miles below Gathright dam. More details or to book a trip.

Unguided Day Pass
$110 per person includes fishing rights to two of our properties on Jackson: at 4.5 miles, 6.8 miles, 8.4 miles, 12 miles and 13 miles below Gathright dam, pending availability.

^Customary guide tip at clients discretion not included.

*Rates as of 5/1/19, subject to change without notice.

VDGIF Jackson River Map 2013  

Example:  If Jackson temp in Centigrade is 10C, then double to 20, deduct 2, to get 18, then add 32 --->  10C = 50F
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