WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO FISH FOR?

Trout

Trout

Brook trout, the only trout species native to Virginia, account for 80 percent of the wild trout in the state. The Jackson and Smith rivers are the largest rivers in Virginia that offer fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout.  Both rivers can be waded, but floating these rivers gives you the best experience.

Musky

Musky

The musky is often referred to as “the fish of 10,000 casts” but a guided trip with Matt will improve your odds. They’re present in the New, James, and Shenandoah Rivers in Virginia. Muskies are solitary fish that use aggressive ambush strategies to feed. It’s certain you’ll never forget the first one you land with a fly rod.

Striped Bass

Striped Bass

The best striper fishing occurs each Spring (April, May) when they move from the ocean and reservoirs to spawn in the freshwater reaches of tidal and non tidal rivers. Landlocked stripers migrate up tributary rivers of larger reservoirs to spawn. Five to 10 lb. fish are common with 10 to 20 lb. fish landed each season.

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

One of hardest fighting freshwater fish to be caught on a fly rod. Smallmouth weigh between 1 and 5 pounds, on average, and can exceed 8 pounds. They’re naturally aggressive and eager to take a streamer or popper.  Best smallmouth bass fishing in VA is June through September.

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About Capt. Matt Miles

Matt grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and started fly fishing in 1993. In 1996, after graduating from high school, he moved to Colorado to live out his dream of becoming a fly fishing guide. While in Colorado he met Pat Dorsey, an expert fly fishing guide for the Blue Quill Angler, author, and photographer. Matt started guiding with Pat at the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado in 1997 where he guided over 700 trips. In 2003 Matt decided to move back to Lynchburg to guide his home waters. Matt’s passion is guiding, teaching, and being on the water. He also ties his own flies and is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.

Rates

Full Day

$400
  • Float or Wade
  • 1 or 2 Anglers
  • Equipment Provided*
  • Packed Lunch and Drinks

Half Day

$300
  • Float or Wade
  • 1 or 2 Anglers
  • Equipment Provided*
  • Packed Lunch and Drinks

Full Day

$500
  • Weldon NC – Striped Bass
  • Jet Boat
  • 1 or 2 Anglers
  • Equipment Provided*
  • Packed Lunch and Drinks

Fly Casting

$75Hour

Fly Tying

$75Hour

*Excludes waders.

Rates for other trips and/or extra anglers are available upon request. Cash, check, or credit cards accepted at the completion of services.

Trips include all equipment (excluding waders), but you are also welcome to bring your own rod and reel.  Flies, leaders, a packed picnic style lunch, and beverages are provided (1/2 day trips does not include lunch). Please be prepared to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a rain coat, and waders if needed.  Please dress weather appropriate.  Guide fees do not include a Virginia fishing license. Guide gratuity is not included, but appreciated. Lodging recommendations are available upon request.

All trips require a $100 non-refundable deposit for each day booked. Final payment is due at completion of services.  The client may cancel reservation up to 14 days prior to the reserved date for a full refund of the deposit. The guide reserves the right to cancel the reservation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstance; in which case, the client may choose to reserve a new date or receive a full refund of the deposit.