Jackson River

Hidden Valley, Virginia

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The middle section above Hidden Valley is wonderful and well worth fishing. Virginia’s Highland and Bath Counties are a compressed terrain. The mountains here have been crumpled upwards by thrusting of a continental plate from the southeast. In the valleys between the mountains run a number of rivers with some fishing—Bullpasture, Cowpasture, and Calfpasture—but the best trout river in this neck of the woods today is the Jackson, a river with good browns in its free-flowing middle reaches. It wasn’t always so. Until the mid-90s the Jackson boasted an outstanding tailwater fishery below Garthwright Dam which impounds Lake Moomaw, ten miles or so north of Covington. Anyone caught fishing in a King’s Grant section without permission is liable for prosecution. Some landowners post their property, others do not. Written permission is essential. There is some fishing in the mile immediately below the dam, but most fly shops in the region recommend that anglers try their luck farther upstream. Local TU chapters and the state department of game and fish are working hard to resolve this issue. Anglers who receive permission to fish can find themselves hooked onto nice browns in this year-round, easily waded fishery. Species: Brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
America's 100 Best Trout Streams

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America's 100 Best Trout Streams

by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

The middle section above Hidden Valley is wonderful and well worth fishing. Virginia’s Highland and Bath Counties are a compressed terrain. The mountains here have been crumpled upwards by thrusting of a continental plate from the southeast. In the valleys between the mountains run a number of rivers with some fishing—Bullpasture, Cowpasture, and Calfpasture—but the best trout river in this neck of the woods today is the Jackson, a river with good browns in its free-flowing middle reaches. It wasn’t always so. Until the mid-90s the Jackson boasted an outstanding tailwater fishery below Garthwright Dam which impounds Lake Moomaw, ten miles or so north of Covington.

Anyone caught fishing in a King’s Grant section without permission is liable for prosecution. Some landowners post their property, others do not. Written permission is essential. There is some fishing in the mile immediately below the dam, but most fly shops in the region recommend that anglers try their luck farther upstream. Local TU chapters and the state department of game and fish are working hard to resolve this issue. Anglers who receive permission to fish can find themselves hooked onto nice browns in this year-round, easily waded fishery. Species: Brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Hidden Valley
Access: Easy to Moderate
Season & Limits: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Maps: Virginia DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Jackson River

Recent Trail Reviews

12/27/2008
1

GREAT RIVER! Right below dam caught tons of rainbows on a zebra midge pattern. Perfect place if you want to catch fish or to teach someone to fish.


3/18/2008
1

I visited the upper Jackson River in early march and the fishing was great! Despite the cold weather, the trout were biting.


1/28/2007
0

Great place to fish. Great place to camp. If you don't want to camp at Hidden Creek Camp Grounds walk 30 feet to the right and stay primitively in the G. Washington National Forest right on the river. There are actual primitive campsites on the river that you can stay at or you can just stay on a small ridge over looking the river. In the field you can see mountains in a 360 degree around you. It is an amazing view that cannot be described properly. I recommend you go even if you don't like fishing.



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