Originally named the North River of the James because it flows into the James from the north, the Maury River courses across Rockbridge County for approximately 30 miles, passing through Lexington and Buena Vista and a part of the state steeped in history and heritage. The river was renamed for Matthew Fontaine Maury, a professor at Lexington’s Virginia Military Institute who had distinguished himself as an oceanographer and had served in the Confederate forces.
Maury fell in love with the river and asked that upon his death his remains be carried through the dramatic Goshen Pass and on to Richmond for burial. A small monument exists to honor him near the point at which a VMI honor guard carried his remains through Goshen Pass, according to his wishes. Types of Fish: Rainbow and brown trout, smallmouth bass, bluegill, carp, and rock bass. 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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