Don't Let The Size of Their Mouths Fool You

We know what smallies want and how to put it in front of them.

The Shenandoah allows anglers shots at record breaking numbers of fish. 100 plus fish days are common when the conditions are right. We also target HUGE largemouth, some over 7 pounds, as well as carp and musky. The James River is a true trophy smallmouth fishery. Although 100 fish days are common on the James, anglers have the opportunity to hook into a 5 pound smallouth on this world-class river.  Float Trips on the James River or Shenandoah River usually last around 8 hours and include lunch and drinks.

We are experienced boatmen and have an intimate knowledge of these rivers. All of our guides fished for years before taking clients down the river. You will find our boats extremely comfortable and spacious. We accommodate both fly and spin/conventional tackle anglers on our smallmouth trips. All of our boats are equipped with the finest fly rods, spin rods, and tackle available.


What Gear Is Used?

We throw a number of different flies but consistently land our largest smallmouth on special guide tied flies. Whether you want to land them on top water bugs, streamers or bottom bouncing clawdads, we put you on the fish.

Our guides maneuver  you into position to hit the best spots with ease using 9′ 7-9wt rods.

What's the Best Season?

Fly fishing Virginia’s finest smallmouth rivers usually starts in April and will last into the fall. Our season typically peaks between July and September.

What Should I Bring?

In the spring and fall, temperatures typically range from the 40’s in the morning up to the 70’s by mid-day, dropping down to the 50’s in the evening.

Summers on the river can get hot, humid and sunscreen is your friend. 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.

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.

Eye protection is very important. Polarized sunglasses will help you cut the glare on the water and see fish and obstacles.

Food and Drinks
A cooler goes on every boat and includes plenty of food and drinks, but do discuss this with your guide.

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. Discuss this with your guide ahead of time.

Single Angler Rate
Per Day

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

• 2 anglers and 1 guide per boat
• Includes beverages and food
• Multi-boat float trips available

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