New River, Upper Section

Galax, Virginia 24333

New River, Upper Section

New River, Upper Section Professional Review and Guide

"We may mentally divide the New River into an upper and lower section—and because the river flows north, the upper section is south of the lower section—with the midpoint being Claytor Lake. The upper New begins just four miles from the Virginia-North Carolina border and zigzags north for more than 150 miles before it enters West Virginia. One unique characteristic of the upper New is that it lacks shore access, due primarily to the river’s remoteness and the fact that much of it is surrounded by private land.

As a result, fly anglers can expect to enjoy limited pressure on the upper New. Types of Fish: Most anglers floating the New pursue smallies, but trophy walleye, white bass, and black crappie might also be on the menu. 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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Trail Information

Galax
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Late April through Mid October
Season & Limits
George Washington National Forest
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Jul 2018