Virginia Fly Fishing

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VA - South Fork Holston River: 36.774197, -81.439034
VA - Upper Jackson River (Hidden Valley): 38.104192, -79.812326
VA - Lower Jackson River: 37.945856, -79.954355
VA - James River: 37.525249, -77.420395
VA - Mossy Creek: 38.357475, -79.030922
VA - Shenandoah River, South Fork: 38.862200, -78.305526
VA - Upper James River: 37.740448, -78.407623
HOGUE CREEK NEAR HAYFIELD, VA: 39.214548, -78.288059
OPEQUON CREEK NEAR BERRYVILLE, VA: 39.174722, -78.078333
DRY MARSH RUN NEAR BERRYVILLE, VA: 39.192592, -78.068631
NORTH RIVER NEAR STOKESVILLE, VA: 38.335000, -79.239167
MUDDY CREEK AT MOUNT CLINTON, VA: 38.486790, -78.960307
NORTH RIVER NEAR BURKETOWN, VA: 38.340405, -78.913639
MIDDLE RIVER NEAR GROTTOES, VA: 38.261796, -78.861970
SOUTH RIVER NEAR WAYNESBORO, VA: 38.057636, -78.908079
SOUTH RIVER NEAR DOOMS, VA: 38.088746, -78.876968
SOUTH RIVER AT HARRISTON, VA: 38.218742, -78.836692
S F SHENANDOAH RIVER NEAR LYNNWOOD, VA: 38.322628, -78.754746
S F SHENANDOAH RIVER NEAR LURAY, VA: 38.646231, -78.534733
S F SHENANDOAH RIVER AT FRONT ROYAL, VA: 38.914001, -78.210834
N F SHENANDOAH RIVER AT COOTES STORE, VA: 38.637063, -78.852803
LINVILLE CREEK AT BROADWAY, VA: 38.606786, -78.803357
SMITH CREEK NEAR NEW MARKET, VA: 38.693450, -78.642794
N F SHENANDOAH RIVER AT MOUNT JACKSON, VA: 38.745670, -78.638904
N F SHENANDOAH RIVER NEAR STRASBURG, VA: 38.976776, -78.336115
CEDAR CREEK NEAR WINCHESTER, VA: 39.081218, -78.329449
PASSAGE CREEK NEAR BUCKTON, VA: 38.958166, -78.266668
SPOUT RUN AT RT 621 NEAR MILLWOOD, VA: 39.067025, -78.003753
PINEY RUN NEAR LOVETTSVILLE, VA: 39.310833, -77.718500
S F CATOCTIN CREEK AT RT 698 NEAR WATERFORD, VA: 39.191111, -77.615444
N F CATOCTIN CREEK AT RT 681 NEAR WATERFORD, VA: 39.205000, -77.623889
CATOCTIN CREEK AT TAYLORSTOWN, VA: 39.255102, -77.576378
LIMESTONE BRANCH NEAR LEESBURG, VA: 39.167611, -77.535917
GOOSE CREEK NEAR MIDDLEBURG, VA: 38.986498, -77.796661
N F GOOSE CREEK AT RT 729 NEAR LINCOLN, VA: 39.072306, -77.683944
BEAVERDAM CREEK AT RT 734 NEAR MOUNTVILLE, VA: 39.037722, -77.722250
GOOSE CREEK NEAR LEESBURG, VA: 39.019553, -77.577492
BROAD RUN NEAR LEESBURG, VA: 39.046417, -77.432389
DIFFICULT RUN ABOVE FOX LAKE NEAR FAIRFAX, VA: 38.884695, -77.332429
S F LITTLE DIFFICULT RUN ABOVE MOUTH NR VIENNA, VA: 38.908889, -77.338263
DIFFICULT RUN NEAR GREAT FALLS, VA: 38.975943, -77.245814
DEAD RUN AT WHANN AVENUE NEAR MCLEAN, VA: 38.959777, -77.175674
FOURMILE RUN AT ALEXANDRIA, VA: 38.843333, -77.085861
FOURMILE RUN ABOVE HIGHWAY 1 AT ALEXANDRIA, VA: 38.840222, -77.053306
POTOMAC RIVER AT CAMERON ST DOCK AT ALEXANDRIA, VA: 38.805278, -77.038333
CAMERON RUN AT ALEXANDRIA, VA: 38.806502, -77.109701
ACCOTINK CREEK NEAR ANNANDALE, VA: 38.812891, -77.228316
LONG BRANCH NEAR ANNANDALE, VA: 38.810946, -77.234983
CEDAR RUN NEAR CATLETT, VA: 38.636787, -77.624990
FLATLICK BRANCH ABOVE FROG BRANCH AT CHANTILLY, VA: 38.882390, -77.431905
S F QUANTICO CREEK NEAR INDEPENDENT HILL, VA: 38.587343, -77.428596
AQUIA CREEK NEAR GARRISONVILLE, VA: 38.490401, -77.433594
BATTLE RUN NEAR LAUREL MILLS, VA: 38.655676, -78.073887
HAZEL RIVER AT RIXEYVILLE, VA: 38.591789, -77.964996
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER AT REMINGTON, VA: 38.530680, -77.813605
RAPIDAN RIVER NEAR RUCKERSVILLE, VA: 38.280686, -78.340007
ROBINSON RIVER NEAR LOCUST DALE, VA: 38.325130, -78.095556
RAPIDAN RIVER NEAR CULPEPER, VA: 38.350408, -77.974997
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER NEAR FREDERICKSBURG, VA: 38.308462, -77.529153
MILL CREEK ABV PEUMANSEND CREEK NR PORT ROYAL, VA: 38.129611, -77.232167
MILL CREEK BLW PEUMANSEND CREEK NR PORT ROYAL, VA: 38.128944, -77.223500
PISCATAWAY CREEK NEAR TAPPAHANNOCK, VA: 37.877082, -76.900521
DRAGON SWAMP AT MASCOT, VA: 37.633753, -76.696347
NORTH ANNA RIVER NEAR PARTLOW, VA: 38.012916, -77.701101
NORTH ANNA RIVER AT HART CORNER NEAR DOSWELL, VA: 37.850140, -77.427759
NORTH ANNA RIVER ABOVE LITTLE RIVER NR DOSWELL, VA: 37.825696, -77.426093
LITTLE RIVER NEAR DOSWELL, VA: 37.872640, -77.513039
SOUTH ANNA RIVER NEAR ASHLAND, VA: 37.796809, -77.548874
PAMUNKEY RIVER NEAR HANOVER, VA: 37.767642, -77.332202
TOTOPOTOMOY CREEK NEAR STUDLEY, VA: 37.662643, -77.257755
PO RIVER NEAR SPOTSYLVANIA, VA: 38.171522, -77.594709
MATTAPONI RIVER NEAR BOWLING GREEN, VA: 38.061801, -77.385814
POLECAT CREEK AT ROUTE 301 NEAR PENOLA, VA: 37.960333, -77.343444
MATTAPONI RIVER NEAR BEULAHVILLE, VA: 37.883889, -77.165278
JACKSON RIVER NEAR BACOVA, VA: 38.042347, -79.881444
BACK CREEK NEAR SUNRISE, VA: 38.245401, -79.768663
BACK CREEK AT SUNRISE, VA: 38.190402, -79.811720
LITTLE BACK CREEK NEAR SUNRISE, VA: 38.214568, -79.837555
BACK CREEK NEAR MOUNTAIN GROVE, VA: 38.069569, -79.897000
JACKSON RIVER BL GATHRIGHT DAM NR HOT SPGS, VA: 37.948458, -79.949224
DUNLAP CREEK NEAR COVINGTON, VA: 37.802902, -80.047004
JACKSON RIVER BL DUNLAP CREEK AT COVINGTON, VA: 37.788736, -80.000613
POTTS CREEK NEAR COVINGTON, VA: 37.729014, -80.042280
BULLPASTURE RIVER AT WILLIAMSVILLE, VA: 38.195403, -79.570323
COWPASTURE RIVER NEAR CLIFTON FORGE, VA: 37.791796, -79.759492
JAMES RIVER AT LICK RUN, VA: 37.773740, -79.784493
JOHNS CREEK AT NEW CASTLE, VA: 37.506240, -80.106715
CRAIG CREEK AT PARR, VA: 37.665962, -79.911439
CATAWBA CREEK NEAR CATAWBA, VA: 37.468186, -80.005322
JAMES RIVER AT BUCHANAN, VA: 37.530690, -79.678928
CALFPASTURE RIVER ABOVE MILL CREEK AT GOSHEN, VA: 37.987906, -79.493653
MAURY RIVER AT ROCKBRIDGE BATHS, VA: 37.907353, -79.421983
KERRS CREEK NEAR LEXINGTON, VA: 37.825687, -79.443094
MAURY RIVER NEAR BUENA VISTA, VA: 37.762633, -79.391425
JAMES RIVER AT BEDFORD DAM NR MAJOR, VA: 37.579831, -79.376394
JAMES RIVER AT BLUE RIDGE PKWY NR BIG ISLAND, VA: 37.555415, -79.367255
PEDLAR RIVER AT FOREST ROAD NEAR BUENA VISTA, VA: 37.697500, -79.278333
JAMES RIVER AT HOLCOMB ROCK, VA: 37.501251, -79.262529
HARRIS CREEK BELOW ROUTE 130 NEAR MONROE, VA: 37.485278, -79.166667
JAMES RIVER AT BENT CREEK, VA: 37.536254, -78.829461
TYE RIVER NEAR LOVINGSTON, VA: 37.715419, -78.981691
PINEY RIVER AT PINEY RIVER, VA: 37.702363, -79.027525
ROCKFISH RIVER NEAR GREENFIELD, VA: 37.869585, -78.823354
JAMES RIVER AT SCOTTSVILLE, VA: 37.797365, -78.491398
HARDWARE RIVER BL BRIERY RUN NR SCOTTSVILLE, VA: 37.812643, -78.455286
SLATE RIVER NEAR ARVONIA, VA: 37.702922, -78.377504
MECHUMS RIVER NEAR WHITE HALL, VA: 38.102636, -78.592794
MOORMANS RIVER NEAR FREE UNION, VA: 38.140690, -78.555848
N F RIVANNA RIVER NEAR EARLYSVILLE, VA: 38.163467, -78.424732
RIVANNA RIVER AT PALMYRA, VA: 37.857919, -78.265837
JAMES RIVER AT CARTERSVILLE, VA: 37.670980, -78.085833
FINE CREEK AT FINE CREEK MILLS, VA: 37.597925, -77.819718
JAMES RIVER NEAR RICHMOND, VA: 37.563202, -77.546931
JAMES RIVER AT CITY LOCKS AT RICHMOND, VA: 37.525147, -77.420816
HOLIDAY CREEK NEAR ANDERSONVILLE, VA: 37.415424, -78.635839
BUFFALO CREEK NEAR HAMPDEN SYDNEY, VA: 37.257097, -78.486384
APPOMATTOX RIVER AT FARMVILLE, VA: 37.307097, -78.388607
APPOMATTOX RIVER AT MATTOAX, VA: 37.421538, -77.858888
APPOMATTOX RIVER AT ROUTE 602 NEAR MANNBORO, VA: 37.318056, -77.801667
DEEP CREEK NEAR MANNBORO, VA: 37.283206, -77.869722
APPOMATTOX RIVER AT MATOACA, VA: 37.225151, -77.475263
JAMES RIVER ABV WEYANOKE POINT NR CHARLES CITY, VA: 37.292361, -77.078722
CHICKAHOMINY RIVER NEAR PROVIDENCE FORGE, VA: 37.436258, -77.060803
JAMES RIVER AT JAMESTOWN FERRY PIER, VA: 37.220148, -76.791349
NORTHWEST RIVER AT RT 168 NEAR NORTHWEST, VA: 36.566819, -76.198547
NOTTOWAY RIVER NEAR RAWLINGS, VA: 36.983482, -77.799719
NOTTOWAY RIVER AT ROUTE 609 NEAR MCKENNEY, VA: 36.901111, -77.673611
NOTTOWAY RIVER NEAR STONY CREEK, VA: 36.900150, -77.399700
STONY CREEK NEAR DINWIDDIE, VA: 37.067094, -77.602489
NOTTOWAY RIVER NEAR SEBRELL, VA: 36.770428, -77.166078
NOTTOWAY RIVER NEAR RIVERDALE, VA: 36.566819, -76.944406
BLACKWATER RIVER NEAR DENDRON, VA: 37.025150, -76.874682
BLACKWATER RIVER AT ROUTE 620 NEAR ZUNI, VA: 36.906539, -76.819959
BLACKWATER RIVER NEAR FRANKLIN, VA: 36.762650, -76.898294
BLACKWATER RIVER AT HWYS 58/258 AT FRANKLIN, VA: 36.680428, -76.918294
NORTH MEHERRIN RIVER NEAR LUNENBURG, VA: 36.997374, -78.349718
MEHERRIN RIVER AT RT 637 NEAR SOUTH HILL, VA: 36.786944, -78.117500
MEHERRIN RIVER NEAR LAWRENCEVILLE, VA: 36.716814, -77.831658
MEHERRIN RIVER AT EMPORIA, VA: 36.690150, -77.540536
MEHERRIN RIVER NEAR BRYANTS CORNER, VA: 36.570000, -77.361389
S F ROANOKE RIVER NEAR SHAWSVILLE, VA: 37.140132, -80.266433
ROANOKE RIVER AT LAFAYETTE, VA: 37.236522, -80.209209
ROANOKE RIVER AT GLENVAR, VA: 37.267912, -80.139486
ROANOKE RIVER AT ROANOKE, VA: 37.258471, -79.938649
TINKER CREEK NEAR DALEVILLE, VA: 37.417633, -79.935319
ROANOKE RIVER AT NIAGARA, VA: 37.255138, -79.871425
BACK CREEK NEAR DUNDEE, VA: 37.227639, -79.868092
BLACKWATER RIVER NEAR ROCKY MOUNT, VA: 37.045141, -79.844199
PIGG RIVER NEAR SANDY LEVEL, VA: 36.945977, -79.524751
GOOSE CREEK NEAR HUDDLESTON, VA: 37.173200, -79.520308
ROANOKE RIVER AT ALTAVISTA, VA: 37.104587, -79.295301
BIG OTTER RIVER NEAR EVINGTON, VA: 37.208477, -79.303636
ROANOKE (STAUNTON) RIVER AT BROOKNEAL, VA: 37.039444, -78.945722
FALLING RIVER NEAR NARUNA, VA: 37.126810, -78.959737
CUB CREEK AT PHENIX, VA: 37.079311, -78.763618
ROANOKE (STAUNTON) RIVER AT RANDOLPH, VA: 36.915142, -78.740838
SOUTH MAYO RIVER NEAR NETTLERIDGE, VA: 36.570971, -80.129493
NORTH MAYO RIVER NEAR SPENCER, VA: 36.568194, -79.987265
SMITH RIVER AT SMITH RIV CHURCH NR WOOLWINE, VA: 36.778468, -80.249218
SMITH RIVER NEAR PHILPOTT, VA: 36.780693, -80.024765
SMITH RIVER AT BASSETT, VA: 36.770137, -80.000875
SMITH RIVER AT MARTINSVILLE, VA: 36.661249, -79.880595
SANDY RIVER NEAR DANVILLE, VA: 36.619583, -79.504193
DAN RIVER AT STP NEAR DANVILLE, VA: 36.562639, -79.369744
DAN RIVER AT PACES, VA: 36.642361, -79.089459
DAN RIVER AT SOUTH BOSTON, VA: 36.693222, -78.900417
BANISTER RIVER AT HALIFAX, VA: 36.776527, -78.915844
ROANOKE RIVER AT BUGGS ISLAND, VA: 36.603198, -78.297774
ALLEN CREEK NEAR BOYDTON, VA: 36.679586, -78.326664
NEW RIVER NEAR GALAX, VA: 36.647350, -80.978969
CHESTNUT CREEK AT GALAX, VA: 36.645961, -80.919244
NEW RIVER AT IVANHOE, VA: 36.834845, -80.952581
REED CREEK AT GRAHAMS FORGE, VA: 36.939010, -80.887300
NEW RIVER AT ALLISONIA, VA: 36.937622, -80.745626
LITTLE RIVER AT GRAYSONTOWN, VA: 37.037626, -80.556724
NEW RIVER AT RADFORD, VA: 37.141793, -80.569225
WALKER CREEK AT BANE, VA: 37.268178, -80.709513
WOLF CREEK NEAR NARROWS, VA: 37.305677, -80.849799
NEW RIVER AT GLEN LYN, VA: 37.372899, -80.860635
BLUESTONE RIVER AT FALLS MILLS, VA: 37.271506, -81.304823
LEVISA FORK AT BIG ROCK, VA: 37.353720, -82.195694
RUSSELL FORK AT HAYSI, VA: 37.207054, -82.295699
CRANES NEST RIVER NEAR CLINTWOOD, VA: 37.123995, -82.438761
POUND RIVER BELOW FLANNAGAN DAM, NEAR HAYSI, VA: 37.237054, -82.343202
S F HOLSTON RIVER AT RIVERSIDE, NEAR CHILHOWIE, VA: 36.760393, -81.631229
S F HOLSTON RIVER NEAR DAMASCUS, VA: 36.651781, -81.844010
M F HOLSTON RIVER AT SEVEN MILE FORD, VA: 36.807338, -81.622062
M F HOLSTON RIVER NEAR MEADOWVIEW, VA: 36.713169, -81.818733
BEAVER CREEK AT BRISTOL, VA: 36.631774, -82.133743
N F HOLSTON RIVER NEAR SALTVILLE, VA: 36.896781, -81.746229
N F HOLSTON RIVER NEAR GATE CITY, VA: 36.608711, -82.567931
CLINCH RIVER AT CLEVELAND, VA: 36.944830, -82.154857
GUEST RIVER AT COEBURN, VA: 36.929269, -82.456262
CLINCH RIVER AT SPEERS FERRY, VA: 36.648708, -82.750438
POWELL RIVER AT BIG STONE GAP, VA: 36.868985, -82.775439
POWELL RIVER NEAR JONESVILLE, VA: 36.662034, -83.094893
CHINCOTEAGUE BAY INLET AT CHINCOTEAGUE, VA: 37.902389, -75.407889
NASSAWADOX CREEK AB CHURCH CRK NR SILVER BEACH, VA: 37.476333, -75.935222
STARLING CREEK AT PORT OF SAXIS AT SAXIS, VA: 37.918828, -75.727539
SEVERN RIVER BELOW WHITTAKER CREEK NEAR SEVERN, VA: 37.323750, -76.427444
BRICK KILN CREEK BELOW ROUTE 172 NEAR POQUOSON, VA: 37.104972, -76.385417
NEWMARKET CREEK AT MERCURY BLVD AT HAMPTON, VA: 37.044972, -76.367778
NANSEMOND RIVER AT ROUTE 460 AT SUFFOLK, VA: 36.739111, -76.582750
BELLS MILL CRK AT BELLS MILL RD AT CHESAPEAKE, VA: 36.711694, -76.268222
BAILEY CREEK AT DOCK LANDING RD AT CHESAPEAKE, VA: 36.805750, -76.408722
WB ELIZABETH RIVER AT ROUTE 17 NEAR PORTSMOUTH, VA: 36.843722, -76.364861
HAMPTON RIVER AT ROUTE 351 AT HAMPTON, VA: 37.032389, -76.336750
JAMES RIVER AT FORT MONROE, VA: 37.002139, -76.314889
LAKE RUDEE AT MEDITERRANEAN AV AT VIRGINIA BCH, VA: 36.831322, -75.977767
LYNNHAVEN RIV OFF VISTA CIR NR VIRGINIA BEACH, VA: 36.906336, -76.086853
Potomac Shores: 38.580300, -77.273200

Thanks to its location, Virginia is a wildly popular state not just to live in, but also to visit. There is just so much that attracts people to the state, and its outdoor recreational activities are one of those top reasons. Although it hasn't always been the case, Virginia is now becoming quite popular for fly fishing. Anglers love the fact they can find a true challenge here, and take on water that will push their skills.

The sport is becoming so popular that there is now an annual Fly Fishing Festival. This festival takes place in April, and may be what you want to plan your trip around. This festival has grown to be so popular, and large, that it is now one of the largest fly fishing festivals in the U.S. today.

This guide is dedicated to all things fly fishing in the state of Virginia. We will explore some of the top locations, take a look at the fly fishing season, hatches, and even the gear you’ll want to bring along. So sit back, relax, and learn what this beautiful state has to offer.

Where to Go?

Virginia’s varied terrain is absolutely perfect for those looking to do a little fly fishing. Not only can you find a variety of locations scattered across the state, but they vary in skill level. You can choose to push your skills to the limit; or maybe you just want an easy go of it, where you can relax and reel in a number of fish with ease. Virginia has it all.

According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, there are more than 2,900 miles worth of trout streams, lakes, ponds, and reservoirs you can explore. Within this area are 600 miles of stocked trout waters. Here’s a look at some of the most popular areas for fly fishing.

Accotink Creek

Accotink Creek is located near Annandale, and is ideal from March through to the end of November. Anglers can look forward to catching brown and rainbow trout. It is located fairly close to a major highway, which can be distracting for some. On the positive side, it means the location is very accessible by car. This location is perfect for a half-day or full-day experience.

Lake Brittle

Sometimes you don't want that small stream experience. If you're looking for a lake to enjoy, then Lake Brittle could be the answer. The lake is located near the city of Broken Hill, in Fauquier County. The season runs from May until November, giving you plenty of time to visit. The water here is a little warmer, which changes up the type of fish you'll find. Fish species in Lake Brittle are walleye, largemouth bass, and sunfish. It’s not the typical trout fishing that many other areas offer. If you're looking for the "quiet" time to visit the lake, weekdays are best. This little known lake gets next to no anglers during the week. The weekends attract some people, but it doesn't usually get crowded.

Holmes Run

Located near the city of Alexandria is Holmes Run. This is a very small, scenic, and quiet creek. The water from the creek flows from the Lake Barcroft dam. What's really unique about this creek is that it's not in some remote location. Instead, it's in the busy suburbs. You can easily escape to the creek for just a few hours of solitude and fishing. This is a perfect example of a creek that is stocked by the state. Twice a year the rainbow trout are stocked, which means a fairly simply fishing experience for you. Another great benefit with this creek is that it is open year-round for fishing. No time is a bad time for Holmes Run.

Shenandoah River - South Fork

The Shenandoah River - South Fork is one of the more popular options in Virginia. Anglers can expect to find a very healthy amount of smallmouth bass available, along with largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, muskellunge, common carp, and more. The catch-rate for the smallmouth bass in this river is higher than any other river in the state, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. With that said, you won't be catching the big trophy-sized fish here. As a side note the river is absolutely stunning as far as the scenery goes. You'll be in awe of the natural beauty surrounding you. This river can be enjoyed by float or by shore. Fishing is open year-round on the river. With that said, smallmouth bass has a shorter season that runs from April to September.

When to Go?

If you are fishing for trout in Virginia, then you will be able to do so all year long. With that said, there are limits set by the state. You won't be able to catch more than six trout per day. There is also a size restriction, as the trout can't be shorter than seven inches in length. It doesn't matter if you are fishing in stocked or wild trout streams; there is no low period.

With that said, the summer months can prove to be a bit more challenging. During these months the water starts to heat up, and the water suffers from low stream flows. These factors play into how difficult it can be to catch the trout. You may find it takes a bit of research to find a good spot in summer. Experienced anglers probably won’t have many difficulties during these months. They will be able to adjust their technique accordingly in most cases.

Virginia seems to hit that perfect balance in terms of weather. It never seems to get too cold, nor does it get too hot. Instead it's that "just right" temperature on a consistent basis. The summer months are warm and can get humid. Depending on the region, it can get as hot as 88 degrees in July. Meanwhile the winter temperatures in January can drop as low as 19 degrees. This is mainly in the northern area of the state. So what this tells anglers is that it’s going to be comfortable most of the year.

It's always wise to familiarize yourself with a state's hatch chart before you pack your gear. In Virginia the hatch season takes place from about March until the end of October. The mayflies take place from March through the end of June. The stone fly and caddis fly hatches tend to take place from April until July. They suddenly pick up again for September and October. The terrestrials will take place from April until the end of October. Keep in mind, this is the average hatch chart for the state, and some areas may be a few weeks earlier or later.

What You Will Need When You Get There?

In order to pick the best equipment, meaning your fly rod and reel, it’s important to determine where you’ll be fishing. Other factors to consider are the time of year, the hatches taking place, and the fish species you are fishing for. In general most experts would agree that choosing a fly rod that is between seven and a half and nine feet is ideal for Virginia waters. A five or six weight is usually as safe bet as well. If the area you are fishing in doesn’t offer much room for casting, you may need a shorter rod. This will give you a bit more control while casting.

When choosing your flies you want to try to match the hatch as experts put it. Using the hatch chart listed above will give you a pretty good idea of what is in season. You want to use a fly that the fish are interested in going for, and are currently hunting for. Visiting a local fly fishing shop can certainly be helpful in finding those perfect flies. A fly shop will carry what’s in season, what works in the region, and what is most popular with anglers.

Whether you like floating, wading, or fishing on the shore the state of Virginia has all of the bases covered. You can pick and choose based on the style of fishing if you like. If you plan on doing any wading, be sure to pack a pair of high-quality, chest-high waders.

Anyone who plans to fish in Virginia, and who is 16 years of age and older, requires a valid fishing license. There are resident and non-resident licenses available. Choose from a one-year or five-day license. For those who plan to hunt as well as fish, there is a combination license available. For information on licensing, as well as the regulations for fishing, you can visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website.

Virginia is a state that is ready and waiting to welcome visitors and residents to its many fly fishing locations. You won’t be disappointed in the scenery, diversity of fish species, and the amount of ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers open for fishing.