James River, Lower Section

Richmond, Virginia 23290

James River, Lower Section

James River, Lower Section Professional Review and Guide

"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 to turn back. In his diary Smith recorded that the fish were so thick on this water that he could scoop them up with a frying pan. Smith recognized that this was the largest river he had discovered thus far in the New World—and being an astute person as well as an intrepid explorer, he quickly named the river after His Majesty, King James I of England.

Types of Fish: Smallmouth bass are sought after more than any other species on the James, but you can also catch largemouth bass, catfish, shad, perch, carp, gar, and crappie. 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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