Rapidan River, Lower Section

Rapidan, Virginia 22733

Rapidan River, Lower Section

Rapidan River, Lower Section Professional Review and Guide

"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, right? But the really sharp fly angler will ask you if you’re going after trout or smallmouth bass. Yes, one of the best-kept secrets in Virginia is the warm water fishing opportunities on the Rapidan. Once the Rapidan leaves the Shenandoah National Park, it begins to gather warmer lowland waters and eventually empties into the Rappahannock River, which in turn empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

Types of Fish: Smallmouth bass rule the roost, but you can also occasionally catch a largemouth bass and of course lots of other sunfish like bluegills. Occasionally catfish and rock bass put in appearances as well. 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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May through October
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