Virginia Fly Fishing Charters

Virginia Fly Fishing Charters

Best 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.

Virginia
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Virginia

Wear plenty of sun screen and bring water and a cooler for your catch. The seas were calm and the boat was very stable.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Wear plenty of sun screen and bring water and a cooler for your catch. The seas were calm and the boat was very stable.
Salty Hooker Charters
Salty Hooker Charters
Go with captain Todd and let the fish set itself. Dont try and set the hook or reel when its on
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with captain Todd and let the fish set itself. Dont try and set the hook or reel when its on
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Spend the money and go Fishing book the 8 hour or better excursions they are more but you get what you pay for. And nothing is guaranteed in fishing so why not up your chances of landing quality sized fish where fewer boats travel.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spend the money and go Fishing book the 8 hour or better excursions they are more but you get what you pay for. And nothing is guaranteed in fishing so why not up your chances of landing quality sized fish where fewer boats travel.
Knot Tell’n Fishing Charters
Knot Tell’n Fishing Charters
No guarantees in November, but we had an amazing trip with amazing success! TY Capt Tim!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
No guarantees in November, but we had an amazing trip with amazing success! TY Capt Tim!
Assateague and Chincoteague Bay Adventures
Assateague and Chincoteague Bay Adventures
From what Capt said, spring and early summer is best fishing time for kids. Still was a wonderful trip and we did catch some good fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
From what Capt said, spring and early summer is best fishing time for kids. Still was a wonderful trip and we did catch some good fish!
Adventures On The Water
Adventures On The Water
Manage your expectations for what fish may be in season and enjoy the time with your family, friends, and the outdoors.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Manage your expectations for what fish may be in season and enjoy the time with your family, friends, and the outdoors.
Prowler Fishing Charter
Prowler Fishing Charter
Yes. Certain fish are biting while others were not. Speckled trout were biting well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. Certain fish are biting while others were not. Speckled trout were biting well.
Sea Mee Charters
Sea Mee Charters
The captain and first mate were great. The fish didn’t want to cooperate fully but fish were caught by everyone aboard. Seeing the crab pots worked and then going into the flat to dig clams were also good experiences. So don’t be afraid of trying the afternoon adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The captain and first mate were great. The fish didn’t want to cooperate fully but fish were caught by everyone aboard. Seeing the crab pots worked and then going into the flat to dig clams were also good experiences. So don’t be afraid of trying the afternoon adventure.
Captain Pete's Fish Tales
Captain Pete's Fish Tales
Very informative on all aspects of fishing this area of coastline. We were all from different areas of the country on a business trip. Spectacular weather and nice seas.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very informative on all aspects of fishing this area of coastline. We were all from different areas of the country on a business trip. Spectacular weather and nice seas.
Top Notch Charters
Top Notch Charters Norfolk, Virginia
Be prepared for weather. Bring a pair of binoculars for spotting ocean wildlife.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for weather. Bring a pair of binoculars for spotting ocean wildlife.
Catherine C. Charters
Catherine C. Charters Norfolk, Virginia
Just come prepared to have a great time and catch fish. Listen to your captain and try to learn from his experience. Makes for a great day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just come prepared to have a great time and catch fish. Listen to your captain and try to learn from his experience. Makes for a great day.
Marshland Expeditions
Marshland Expeditions Fredericksburg, VA
Talk to locals about seasonal fish... find a good boat captain to get you to hook up.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to locals about seasonal fish... find a good boat captain to get you to hook up.
Marcia B Sportfishing
Marcia B Sportfishing NORTH PRINCE GEORGE, VA
Come ready to have some fun . Lots of stuff to do before and after fishing as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come ready to have some fun . Lots of stuff to do before and after fishing as well.
Catherine C. Charters
Catherine C. Charters Chase City, VA
Great place to bring beginners and veteran! Cap will do his best to put you on the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to bring beginners and veteran! Cap will do his best to put you on the fish!
Never Enough Sportfishing
Never Enough Sportfishing Pottstown, PA
It was thought to catch what we were looking for. The Captain and mate were upfront with the possibility of not catching targeted fish due to weather. But we still had fun and enjoyed the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was thought to catch what we were looking for. The Captain and mate were upfront with the possibility of not catching targeted fish due to weather. But we still had fun and enjoyed the trip.
Captain Pete's Fish Tales – Eastern Shore
Captain Pete's Fish Tales – Eastern Shore UPPR CHICHSTR, PA
Expect to have a great time as long as the weather & tide are on your side.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect to have a great time as long as the weather & tide are on your side.
Marshland Expeditions
Marshland Expeditions Williamsburg, VA
Have to say — Rudee Inlet is ideal if you want to get off the dock and, in less than 15 minutes, on to 42 feet of gorgeous water with the year round chance of a variety of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have to say — Rudee Inlet is ideal if you want to get off the dock and, in less than 15 minutes, on to 42 feet of gorgeous water with the year round chance of a variety of fish.
Double Play Sportfishing
Double Play Sportfishing Centreville, VA
Get a local to take you. The bay is shallow and you need someone to help you figure out where to go. CPT Craig told me where to go fishing after our charter and we caught fish there too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a local to take you. The bay is shallow and you need someone to help you figure out where to go. CPT Craig told me where to go fishing after our charter and we caught fish there too.
Grading Scales Sportfishing
Grading Scales Sportfishing Stephensburg, KY
Chincoteague has all of the charm of a small beach town island without the presumptuous and stiffy entitlement that comes along with many other beach towns. The fisherman of Chincoteague are salt of the Earth type people who are kind, helpful, and will bend over backward to make your day on the water memorable!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chincoteague has all of the charm of a small beach town island without the presumptuous and stiffy entitlement that comes along with many other beach towns. The fisherman of Chincoteague are salt of the Earth type people who are kind, helpful, and will bend over backward to make your day on the water memorable!
Captain Pete's Fish Tales
Captain Pete's Fish Tales Lewisberry, PA
Great time and friendly people. They even let us know about some great places to eat at while we were there
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time and friendly people. They even let us know about some great places to eat at while we were there
Alanna Kay Sportfishing
Alanna Kay Sportfishing Blackstone, VA

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