Lake Brittle

Broken Hill, Virginia

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Perhaps the best way to describe Lake Brittle is that you’ll find it hiding out in the open. At the eastern end of bucolic but rapidly developing Fauquier County, Virginia, and lying right in between Gainesville and Warrenton off of busy Route 29, Lake Brittle offers easy access to a variety of warm water fish for those willing to take the plunge. It’s often bypassed by anglers headed to the Shenandoah National Park and other better known waters. This leaves Lake Brittle nearly devoid of other anglers during the week and hence is a great way to blow a summer afternoon. And stopping here saves residents of Northern Virginia an hour’s drive each way to and from the Shenandoah National Park. For these reasons alone, those looking for a warm water fishing alternative might want to check out Lake Brittle. Types of Fish: Most anglers come for the largemouth bass, but you’ll find sunfish as well as walleye (which were introduced to Lake Brittle to keep the levels of sunfish and gizzard shad in check). 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)

Perhaps the best way to describe Lake Brittle is that you’ll find it hiding out in the open. At the eastern end of bucolic but rapidly developing Fauquier County, Virginia, and lying right in between Gainesville and Warrenton off of busy Route 29, Lake Brittle offers easy access to a variety of warm water fish for those willing to take the plunge. It’s often bypassed by anglers headed to the Shenandoah National Park and other better known waters. This leaves Lake Brittle nearly devoid of other anglers during the week and hence is a great way to blow a summer afternoon. And stopping here saves residents of Northern Virginia an hour’s drive each way to and from the Shenandoah National Park. For these reasons alone, those looking for a warm water fishing alternative might want to check out Lake Brittle.

Types of Fish: Most anglers come for the largemouth bass, but you’ll find sunfish as well as walleye (which were introduced to Lake Brittle to keep the levels of sunfish and gizzard shad in check). 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: Broken Hill
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: May through November
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Brittle

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