Harrisonburg, Virginia     Phone: 540-434-2444     Email: store@mossycreekflyfishing.com

Are You Looking for a Real Exciting Challenge?

Carp are some of the most demanding fish to catch in our local rivers. Sight fishing to these hard fighting bruisers is one of our favorite things to do!

Carp fishing is a relatively new and growing aspect of fly fishing. Carp are plentiful in most of Virginia’s waters and when actively feeding will readily take a fly. These spooky fish can be targeted on our float trips for smallmouth bass or we can choose specific floats to target these fish directly all day.  Anglers looking for a distraction from a day of smallmouth fishing can take shots at them when the opportunity arises, but serious anglers should commit to pursuing carp as their primary target.

We only fly fish for carp on our guided trips and all equipment and flies are supplied. Average fish in the Shenandoah River run around 8-12 pounds while fish up to 27 pounds have been landed and fish in the 40 pound class are seen regularly. These spooky fish require long accurate casts and are not recommended for entry level anglers. If you want to experience the thrill of sight fishing to large feeding fish you may want to give this addicting angle to the sport a try.


What Gear Is Used?

Carp are mostly bottom feeders and target various nymphs, worms, and crayfish. They are very spooky so we typically use 6 weight fly rods, long leaders, and small flies to make presentations in shallow water. Floating fly lines in dull colors are preferred. In the summer, bonefish lines are often used as they will cast best in the heat.

What's the Best Season?

Fly fishing Virginia’s carp begins in the spring time when water temps hit the mid 50’s and they start cruising the shallow flats. We effectively fish for carp into fall before water temps start dropping rapidly. Summer months when water levels get low and the water willow grows thick usually brings about the best carp fishing of the year.

What Should I Bring?

Fishing License
A Virginia freshwater fishing license is required on all float trips. CLICK HERE to purchase your license for the trip.

Cool mornings can be normal in the spring or fall but it is usually blazing hot in the summer when the carp are on the feed. A light, quick-drying shirt (long-sleeved is good) and a good hat can increase your enjoyment of the day. A light rain jacket is recommended since intermittent rain can occur. Our guides almost always have sunscreen, but it is always a good idea to bring extra!

An old pair of sneakers is fine, covering your toes is most important. While most client’s feet never touch the water, the river bottom can be soft in some sections and rocky and slippery the next. Felt soled wading boots or sandals are fine. No Cleats or studs are allowed in our boats.

Eye protection is very important. Polarized sunglasses will help you cut the glare on the water and see fish and obstacles. Carp fishing will be almost impossible without quality sunglasses.

Food and Drinks
A cooler goes on every boat and includes plenty of food and drinks. Your guide will discuss food options with you prior to your trip when finalizing the details of the day.

Rods, reels, flies, tackle
Our guides want to ensure the greatest opportunity for success but we understand if you want to use your own gear. We carry the best gear in the industry and use of gear is included on any and all trips.

Single Angler Rate
Per Day

• Full day trips only (8 hours on the water)
• Rods, reels, flies and tackle provided free of charge

• 1 angler and 1 guide per boat
• Includes beverages and food

Double Angler Rate
Per Day

• Full day trips only (8 hours on the water)
• Rods, reels, flies and tackle provided free of charge
• 2 anglers and 1 guide per boat
• Includes beverages and food

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