Virginia Fly Fishing Charters

Virginia Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Virginia

Top Fly Fishing Charters in Virginia

Fly Fishing in Virginia

Affectionately known as “The Mother of Presidents,” Virginia is also home to some amazing fishing. The fly fishing Virginia is known for draws in anglers from all over the country every year. It’s varied enough to be fun for fly enthusiasts of all skill levels, but also has some real gems for the pro anglers. From Chesapeake Bay to the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s tough to find more varied freshwater fishing in this part of the country.

What to Catch

Virginia’s main freshwater fishing attraction is undoubtedly the Trout action. With Trout streams, ponds, and lakes stretching for more than 2,900 miles, there’s more than enough fish to go around. Should you get tired of all the Trout (if that’s even possible), Chesapeake Bay is waiting for you with all the Striped Bass you could ask for.

Top Places to Fly Fish in Virginia

For saltwater fly anglers, the answer is pretty simple – hit Chesapeake Bay and fish until you drop. Stripers, Redfish, and others will keep you very busy. Freshwater anglers will have a harder time deciding where to go, due to the sheer abundance of great locations around here. Below you’ll find some long-standing favorites among the fly fishing crowd.

Whitetop Laurel Creek

Whitetop Laurel Creek is located very near to the aptly-named town of Troutville. Filled with native Brown and Rainbow Trout, it’s one of the most popular fly fishing destinations in the state. This means the fish are well-acquainted with a whole variety of flies used by anglers, so you’ll need to bring your presenting skills to bear. Those that do will be potentially rewarded with trophy Browns, as well as Rainbow Trout that can grow up to 14 inches long.

Clinch Mountain

The Clinch Mountain ridge covers parts of both Virginia and Tennessee, and its main fishing hotspots are Laurel Bed Lake and Big Tumbling Creek. The lake is perfect for beginners because it’s big, shallow, and calm. Big Tumbling Creek is the exact opposite, with roaring waters recommended only to more experienced anglers.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park stretches over 200,000 acres of wilderness, including a number of freshwater hotspots. The local waters are teeming with Brook Trout, especially during Spring when the Trout start going on a feeding frenzy. Shenandoah River isn’t a place where you’ll be hooking trophy-sized fish all day long, but it’s still a great option for world-class fishing in a breathtaking environment.

Chesapeake Bay

The biggest estuary in North America is home to some of the best saltwater angling in Virginia. Fly fishing is especially well represented in places like the Susquehanna Flats, and you’re sure to find a plenty of Striped Bass at any time of year. The locals will call them Rockfish, so don’t get confused.

Rockfish is hardly the end of it, though. The western part of the bay is full of creeks and marshland where you’ll easily find Bluefish, Weakfish, Speckled Trout, and more. It’s a great option for wading and casting flies all day long.

How to Fish

  • Fly anglers in Virginia will be just fine in most freshwater fisheries with a 7–9’ rod in the 6 wt range.

  • Saltwater has its own rules, and you’ll most likely need to go heavier than just a 6 wt. This goes double if you’re planning on going after big Stripers. A 20 wt rod is the bare minimum for anyone tackling Striped Bass in the Chesapeake Bay.

  • When it comes to the choice of flies, it helps to find a hatch chart that can give you a rough idea what to prepare for the time of year you need. As the old saying goes, match the hatch and you’ll get the catch. Of course, nymphs will never go out of style in most freshwater hotspots, while streamer flies will be your main ally in the fight against Rockfish.

When to Go

Trout fishing in Virginia is good all year long. That said, summertime freshwater fishing is a bit more difficult thanks to the annual low flow. Striper fishing in Chesapeake Bay doesn’t start until April, be sure to keep that in mind when planning your trip. Just like Virginia itself, fly fishing here is a pleasant experience impossible to recreate anywhere else.

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Reviews of Fishing in Fly Fishing in Virginia

Fishing with Rich
Jim L. fished with Osprey Fishing Charters on April 3, 2021
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Try fishing Hickory Chad if you want an awesome experience.
Justin H. fished with Maritime Mayhem Charter Service on December 28, 2020
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When it gets cold it’s all about the Striper. Good luck!!
October fishing trip
Mark S. fished with Prowler Fishing Charter on October 24, 2020
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Enjoy your trip and bring a variety of clothes for any weather condition
Full Day trip with Rich Johnson on upper Potomac
David K. fished with Osprey Fishing Charters on September 16, 2020
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Use a guide, such as Rich Johnson who is knowledgeable of the local conditions and can get them on the fish much faster than trying to fish on their own .
4 hr trip
Bobby B. fished with C Level Sportfishing on September 2, 2020
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Kenneth P. fished with Maritime Mayhem Charter Service on August 28, 2020
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This was our first trip fishing on a charter and would highly recommend Maritime Mayhem. It was so much fun and having a Captain that has the passion and love for what he does is priceless. Thanks again Captain John.
Half Day Chesapeake Bay with Capt. Chad
Joe S. fished with Earning Stripes Sportfishing on August 18, 2020
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Follow the Captain's lead and be patient... they will bite!
Half a day fishing with Captain John
Jerome H. fished with Maritime Mayhem Charter Service on August 11, 2020
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Book a charter with Capital John at Maritime mayhem fishing charters. I live in Charlottesville, Va . A wonderful thing.

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