Best Fly-Fishing in Virginia

This list represents the most popular fly-fishing in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia fly-fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Jackson River

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    Hidden Valley, VA

    The middle section above Hidden Valley is wonderful and well worth fishing. Virginia’s Highland and Bath Counties are a compressed terrain. The mountains here have been crumpled upwards by thrusting ...
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    The middle section above Hidden Valley is wonderful and well worth fishing. Virginia’s Highland and Bath Counties are a compressed ...

  • #2 Rapidan River

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    Culpeper, VA

    Heavily damaged by hurricanes in the mid-90s, Rapidan River is recovering. Good fishing for jewel-like native brook trout in upper reaches. Not a big fish river. Among anglers of Mid-Atlantic ...
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    Heavily damaged by hurricanes in the mid-90s, Rapidan River is recovering. Good fishing for jewel-like native brook trout ...

  • #3 Smith River (Virginia)

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    Martinsville, VA

    Great tailwater, good hatches in trophy section. While the little brook trout are indeed lovely, it’s the tawny gold browns below Philpott Dam that have earned the Smith River a place on the ...
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    Great tailwater, good hatches in trophy section. While the little brook trout are indeed lovely, it’s the tawny gold browns ...

  • #4 Whitetop Laurel Creek

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    Damascus, VA

    Premier trout river. Plunge pools, shaded runs, clear water, steep gradient. Two-mile walk into artificials-only section. When you walk the cindered roadbed along the best section of Whitetop ...
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    Premier trout river. Plunge pools, shaded runs, clear water, steep gradient. Two-mile walk into artificials-only section. ...

  • #5 Holmes Run

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    Alexandria, VA

    Holmes Run is a quiet little creek that runs from the dam at Lake Barcroft in Fairfax County, directly off of Columbia Pike and smack-dab in the heart of Northern Virginia. Far from where you ...
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    Holmes Run is a quiet little creek that runs from the dam at Lake Barcroft in Fairfax County, directly off of Columbia Pike ...

  • #6 Accotink Creek

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    Annandale, VA

    If you listen carefully you can probably hear the traffic of Northern Virginia whizzing by you as you stand fishing in Accotink Creek. But why listen? Yes, you can actually see Accotink Creek ...
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    If you listen carefully you can probably hear the traffic of Northern Virginia whizzing by you as you stand fishing in Accotink ...

  • #7 Shenandoah River, North Fork

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    Front Royal, VA

    Less popular than the South Fork, Shenandoah’s North Fork is traditionally home to plenty of nice fish. It starts in Rockingham County and snakes its way through the Shenandoah Valley until it ...
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    Less popular than the South Fork, Shenandoah’s North Fork is traditionally home to plenty of nice fish. It starts in Rockingham ...

  • #8 James River, Upper Section

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    Lynchburg, VA

    The headwaters of Virginia’s venerable James River begin in the mountains of western Virginia where the Jackson and the Cowpasture rivers meet near Iron Bridge. As the best-known river in the ...
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    The headwaters of Virginia’s venerable James River begin in the mountains of western Virginia where the Jackson and the Cowpasture ...

  • #9 Rudee Inlet

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    Virginia Beach, VA

    Hard-core saltwater fly anglers are always on the lookout for hotspots and few offer the options of Rudee Inlet in the heart of Virginia Beach. It is just the ticket for anglers in need of a ...
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    Hard-core saltwater fly anglers are always on the lookout for hotspots and few offer the options of Rudee Inlet in the heart ...

  • #10 Rapidan River, Lower Section

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    Rapidan, VA

    When you say that you’re headed out to fish the Rapidan, the vast majority of fly anglers will assume that you’re in the market for a glorious day of brook trout fishing. A logical assumption, ...
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    When you say that you’re headed out to fish the Rapidan, the vast majority of fly anglers will assume that you’re in the ...

  • #11 Lynnhaven River, Bay & Inlet

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    Virginia Beach, VA

    I love to drive over the Lisner Bridge with my windows down. This way I can smell the salty sea breezes while I drive. And I always strain to see if I can identify birds working in the distance, ...
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    I love to drive over the Lisner Bridge with my windows down. This way I can smell the salty sea breezes while I drive. And ...

  • #12 Conway River

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    Kinderhook, VA

    The Conway River, known as Middle River by locals, flows through both the Rapidan Wildlife Management Area as well as the Shenandoah National Park. It’s the sort of water that brookie anglers ...
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    The Conway River, known as Middle River by locals, flows through both the Rapidan Wildlife Management Area as well as the ...

  • #13 Rose River

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    Syria, VA

    The easiest way to reach the Rose River is to drive to the end of Route 670 and park at the end of the turnout. A sign announces that you are entering the Shenandoah National Park, and a wooden ...
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    The easiest way to reach the Rose River is to drive to the end of Route 670 and park at the end of the turnout. A sign announces ...

  • #14 Rappahannock River, Upper Section

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    Remington, VA

    Most Virginia anglers know of the Rappahannock but know little about its upper reaches—which is why I have dedicated a separate section to the upper Rap in this book. Anglers will find access ...
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    Most Virginia anglers know of the Rappahannock but know little about its upper reaches—which is why I have dedicated a separate ...

  • #15 Rapidan River, Upper Section

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    Old Somerset, VA

    The Rapidan River is the best-known trout stream in the Shenandoah National Park and perhaps, some would argue, in the entire Old Dominion, for two reasons: first, fly anglers know that the Rapidan ...
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    The Rapidan River is the best-known trout stream in the Shenandoah National Park and perhaps, some would argue, in the entire ...

  • #16 Back Creek

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    Warm Springs, VA

    Back Creek, tucked away in the far western reaches of the state, is home to beautiful rainbows and browns—and some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. This outlying area was the military ...
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    Back Creek, tucked away in the far western reaches of the state, is home to beautiful rainbows and browns—and some of the ...

  • #17 Briery Creek Lake

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    Worsham, VA

    Briery Creek Lake in Prince Edward County is an 845-acre impoundment owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and is one of the state’s premier bass fisheries. The damming ...
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    Briery Creek Lake in Prince Edward County is an 845-acre impoundment owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland ...

  • #18 Maury River

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    Buena Vista, VA

    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 ...
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    Originally named the North River of the James because it flows into the James from the north, the Maury River courses across ...

  • #19 Lake Brittle

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    Broken Hill, VA

    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 ...
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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 ...

  • #20 Jackson River, Lower Section

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    Clearwater Park, VA

    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 ...
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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 ...