Jackson River, Lower Section

Clearwater Park, Virginia

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The lower portion of the Jackson River is a tailrace that begins at the base of Gathright Dam. The dam normally releases 58-degree water from Lake Moomaw via a 200-foot tower. Released directly below the dam, this water has two very positive effects: First, the river receives 58-degree water year-round, which the trout love. Second, because controlled releases carefully regulate the influx, this part of the Jackson can be perfectly suitable for fishing when other waters within 100 miles are out of their banks after heavy rains. Anglers will need written permission from the Army Corps of Engineers’ Gathright Dam office to fish directly below the dam. The fishing permit is free and is good for a year. Too busy to pick up a permit? Don’t chance it. Local sheriff ’s deputies patrol this area daily. You’ll find mostly healthy rainbows here, but you can also catch some nice browns. Every once in a great while you may even find a brookie. 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)

The lower portion of the Jackson River is a tailrace that begins at the base of Gathright Dam. The dam normally releases 58-degree water from Lake Moomaw via a 200-foot tower. Released directly below the dam, this water has two very positive effects: First, the river receives 58-degree water year-round, which the trout love. Second, because controlled releases carefully regulate the influx, this part of the Jackson can be perfectly suitable for fishing when other waters within 100 miles are out of their banks after heavy rains. Anglers will need written permission from the Army Corps of Engineers’ Gathright Dam office to fish directly below the dam. The fishing permit is free and is good for a year. Too busy to pick up a permit? Don’t chance it. Local sheriff ’s deputies patrol this area daily.

You’ll find mostly healthy rainbows here, but you can also catch some nice browns. Every once in a great while you may even find a brookie. 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: Clearwater Park
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Best April through November
Local Contacts: George Washington National Forest, Jefferson National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Jackson River, Lower Section

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