Virginia Fly Fishing Charters

Virginia Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Virginia

Virginia: 23 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(47 reviews)
Poquoson
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $200
Staunton
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Gloucester Point
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $650
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(268 reviews)
Chincoteague
trips from $299

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.

Virginia
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 26,558 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Virginia

You will love it! We caught so many fish, had a delicious lunch and enjoyed talking with the very social guide. Highly recommend!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will love it! We caught so many fish, had a delicious lunch and enjoyed talking with the very social guide. Highly recommend!
Michael  Y.
Michael Y.
Talk to the captain about what your looking to catch and the best time to go ! The caption told us the end of May is the best time !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the captain about what your looking to catch and the best time to go ! The caption told us the end of May is the best time !
Jonathon  P.
Jonathon P. Ogdensburg, NY
Pay attention to what the fish are doing and what is running seasonally. Reds, Cobia, Striper, and so on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay attention to what the fish are doing and what is running seasonally. Reds, Cobia, Striper, and so on.
Jeremy  B.
Jeremy B. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Come expecting to have fun and be sure to communicate with Captain Todd and let him know what your needs are, he’s there to help and guide you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come expecting to have fun and be sure to communicate with Captain Todd and let him know what your needs are, he’s there to help and guide you.
Cassandra  D.  F.
Cassandra D. F. Richmond, Virginia
Dress warmly, it was chilly earlier in the day. The marina is easy to find.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warmly, it was chilly earlier in the day. The marina is easy to find.
Susan  K.
Susan K. Dillwyn, VA
Go to river monster guide service and fish the New River. Crystal Clear water and I caught a 17.5 lb. Smallmouth bass!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to river monster guide service and fish the New River. Crystal Clear water and I caught a 17.5 lb. Smallmouth bass!
Michael  Y.
Michael Y. Triangle, VA
Just remember it's for fun and there is no magic wand a Captian and crew can wave to make the fish bite. So if the fish don't cooperate then just enjoy the ride and the view and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just remember it's for fun and there is no magic wand a Captian and crew can wave to make the fish bite. So if the fish don't cooperate then just enjoy the ride and the view and have fun.
Gina  N.
Gina N. Holland, AR
Book with FishTales you can't go wrong . There's a lil bit of everything out there and that's what fishtales will do ,get you on them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with FishTales you can't go wrong . There's a lil bit of everything out there and that's what fishtales will do ,get you on them
Paul  M.
Paul M. Norfolk, VA
Fish the wrecks and off shore. With Four Reel Charters they have everything you need.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish the wrecks and off shore. With Four Reel Charters they have everything you need.
Don  P.
Don P. Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Good variety of fish to bring up. Croaker, pigfish, fluke, spot, kingfish. Keeps your lines tugging while you wait for the shark line to pull.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good variety of fish to bring up. Croaker, pigfish, fluke, spot, kingfish. Keeps your lines tugging while you wait for the shark line to pull.
Andy  V.
Andy V. Richmond, Virginia
The fishing in Poquoson is fantastic, and you will catch multiple species. And, the scenery is beyond beautiful. You also don't have a long haul to the fishing grounds, so you get to spend more time catching than traveling. I whole heartedly recommend taking a trip here, and Marshland Expeditions will never fail to please.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing in Poquoson is fantastic, and you will catch multiple species. And, the scenery is beyond beautiful. You also don't have a long haul to the fishing grounds, so you get to spend more time catching than traveling. I whole heartedly recommend taking a trip here, and Marshland Expeditions will never fail to please.
Ted  P.
Ted P. Fredericksburg, VA
End of season fishing for flounder water is getting too warm and a storm kicked up the bay but we caught some small striped bass(rock), sea trout and spot. But what a surprise when I hooked a 4 ft. Dusky Shark which really put up quite a fight. I had never experienced anything quite like that and Captain Tim talked me through it until I finally got the shark to the side of the boat for him to lift into the boat ...Wow!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
End of season fishing for flounder water is getting too warm and a storm kicked up the bay but we caught some small striped bass(rock), sea trout and spot. But what a surprise when I hooked a 4 ft. Dusky Shark which really put up quite a fight. I had never experienced anything quite like that and Captain Tim talked me through it until I finally got the shark to the side of the boat for him to lift into the boat ...Wow!!
Michele  S.
Michele S. Nottingham, MD
Go to the fishing piers with heavy duty set ups with cut bait or grab a gotcha plug and hammer fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to the fishing piers with heavy duty set ups with cut bait or grab a gotcha plug and hammer fish
Joseph  T.
Joseph T. New York, New York
Just enjoy yourselves and be ready for an adventure because you never know what you will hook next!! And remember, not everything you hook is a keeper!! ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy yourselves and be ready for an adventure because you never know what you will hook next!! And remember, not everything you hook is a keeper!! ?
Audrey  Y.
Audrey Y. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Know the fishing conditions and what is biting. Have realistic expectations for the time of the year and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the fishing conditions and what is biting. Have realistic expectations for the time of the year and have fun.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Virginia Beach, VA
Check fishing reports on line to get a good idea of what is being caught during the time frame you plan to fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check fishing reports on line to get a good idea of what is being caught during the time frame you plan to fish.
Eric  B.
Eric B. UPPR MARLBORO, MD
Find bloodworms and lug worms before your trip. I don't recommend staying at the Quantity Inn in Gloucester. Under major construction and the front desk help is not professional or nice.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Find bloodworms and lug worms before your trip. I don't recommend staying at the Quantity Inn in Gloucester. Under major construction and the front desk help is not professional or nice.
Russell  O.
Russell O. Arrington, VA
To remember it's up to the fish whether they're going to bite or not they're not it's not the captain or the 1st mate are captain and 1st mate were great. Our captain tried very hard to put us on fish. The captain and 1st mate were a pleasure to be around and work with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To remember it's up to the fish whether they're going to bite or not they're not it's not the captain or the 1st mate are captain and 1st mate were great. Our captain tried very hard to put us on fish. The captain and 1st mate were a pleasure to be around and work with.
Billie  R.
Billie R. Elizabeth City, NC
Yes would recommend fishing there lift lots of Weights before going your arms will be sore from Catching so much fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes would recommend fishing there lift lots of Weights before going your arms will be sore from Catching so much fish
Larry  H.
Larry H. King George, VA
Check out the list provided by the company and be prepared for an exciting adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out the list provided by the company and be prepared for an exciting adventure.
Michelle  B.
Michelle B. Chesapeake, VA

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Virginia