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.

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#1. Jackson River


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 o…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Hidden Valley, VA - Fly-Fishing BestFly-Fishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Rapidan River


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 country,…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Culpeper, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Smith River (Virginia)


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 nation’s…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Martinsville, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Whitetop Laurel Creek


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 Laurel,…
From the guidebook "America's 100 Best Trout Streams"
Damascus, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Holmes Run


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 would ex…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Alexandria, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#6. Lynnhaven River, Bay & Inlet


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, no do…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#7. Briery Creek Lake


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 of Brie…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Worsham, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#8. Shenandoah River, North Fork


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 meets u…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Front Royal, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#9. James River, Upper Section


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 state, t…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Lynchburg, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#10. Chesapeake Bay Islands


Few Virginia locales offer fly anglers the variety of saltwater fishing opportunities of the “islands” of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Situated off the Virginia coast between Cape Henry and Cap…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#11. Accotink Creek


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 when exi…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Annandale, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#12. James River, Lower Section


In 1607 Captain John Smith sailed as far up the James River as he could go. Reaching what is now the city of Richmond, rocks and turbulent waters at what we now refer to as the fall line forced Smith…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Richmond, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#13. Lake Brittle


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…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Broken Hill, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#14. Dragon Run


Dragon Run is a difficult place to describe to those who have never seen it. “The Dragon,” as it is known by locals, may seem at first blush to be an uninviting watershed. In fact, local plantation ow…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Warner, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#15. Maury River


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…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Buena Vista, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#16. Rudee Inlet


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 quick sal…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#17. Jackson River, Lower Section


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…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Clearwater Park, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#18. Gwynn Island


Chesapeake Bay anglers have so much water to choose from that many places go untouched and unnoticed by most. Gwynn Island is just such a place. Connected to the rest of Mathews County by the Gwynn Is…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Deltaville, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#19. Rappahannock River, Upper Section


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 to the…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Remington, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks

#20. Conway River


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 love to…
From the guidebook "Fly Fishing Virginia"
Kinderhook, VA - Fly-Fishing
Published by No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks