Chesapeake Bay Islands

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Few Virginia locales offer fly anglers the variety of saltwater fishing opportunities of the “islands” of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Situated off the Virginia coast between Cape Henry and Cape Charles and extending for 20 miles, this four-land engineering marvel connects Virginia’s mainland to its Eastern Shore through a series of low-level trestles and an underwater tunnel. As part of Route 13, these two sections of tunnel offer Virginia drivers the chance to travel nearly 100 feet below sea level—though I for one would rather not think about that while actually doing so. In fact, I find myself watching the walls as I am driving along just to make sure that they’re not leaking. I’m not sure what I would do if I actually did spot a leak—it’s not as if I could back out! Types of Fish: Stripers, bluefish, cobia, gray seatrout, speckled trout, flounder, croaker, drum, spade fish, false albacore. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.
Fly Fishing Virginia

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Fly Fishing Virginia

by Beau Beasley (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)

Few Virginia locales offer fly anglers the variety of saltwater fishing opportunities of the “islands” of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Situated off the Virginia coast between Cape Henry and Cape Charles and extending for 20 miles, this four-land engineering marvel connects Virginia’s mainland to its Eastern Shore through a series of low-level trestles and an underwater tunnel. As part of Route 13, these two sections of tunnel offer Virginia drivers the chance to travel nearly 100 feet below sea level—though I for one would rather not think about that while actually doing so. In fact, I find myself watching the walls as I am driving along just to make sure that they’re not leaking. I’m not sure what I would do if I actually did spot a leak—it’s not as if I could back out! Types of Fish: Stripers, bluefish, cobia, gray seatrout, speckled trout, flounder, croaker, drum, spade fish, false albacore. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.

©  Beau Beasley/No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Virginia Beach
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Chesapeake Bay Islands

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Apr 2018