Few Virginia waters can rival the trout fishing on the Jackson River. The Jackson courses through Highland, Bath, and Alleghany Counties before it meets the Cowpasture River, creating the James River near Clifton Forge. Here is a river that trout-loving fly anglers can sink their teeth into without fear of shallow water or the tight canopy cover that is a fixture of most good trout streams. It helps to think of the Jackson in two parts: an upper and a lower section, with Lake Moomaw and the Gathright Dam being the line of demarcation between the two.
You’ll find mostly healthy rainbows here and you can also catch some nice browns. 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.
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