long do our trips last? -
of our full day trips typically last at least 8 or more hours on the water. You will
need to be in good, physical condition to best enjoy your trip.
I Need a Fishing License? - Virginia residents
16 and over and non-residents 12 and over must carry a valid VA
fishing license on all trips. Virginia residents will need an
in-state license, and non-residents can purchase a 5-day, non-resident
license. To purchase your license online, please visit the Virginia
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Online Fishing License
Gear Should I Bring? - If you would like to bring your
own rod and reel for spin or fly trip and have questions,
please make sure to read Britt's setup recommendations by clicking
here. Your guide will inspect your gear before we leave
the boat ramp because we would hate for you to loose that trophy
due to gear or tackle defects.
Baits and Flys are Working? - We provide top-of-the-line
baits on our guided fishing trips. We carry a full tackle box
and fish a variety of baits and flies on a daily basis. The New and James
are constantly changing rivers, therefore, we are constantly fishing
is Our Fishing Craft?
- We guide you in Maravia self-bailing rafts with
custom designed NRS fishing frames. The frames are designed with
very few add-ons to make sweet, comfortable fishing machines for
both spin and fly clients.
Should I Bring? -
Make sure to bring your lunch or we can provide it for a small cost. In addition to any tackle that you may bring, please make sure
to dress accordingly. Rain gear is a MUST on ANY trip, ANY time
of year. In the colder months, including the early-spring and
late-fall, make sure to dress in multiple layers. Cotton is not
a good layer, and we suggest nylon, wool, and/or fleece. We carry
dry bags, and you can always pull off the layers. Appropriate
head-gear and hand-gear is also tremendously important for those
very cold and windy days. Also, please make sure to wear the appropriate
footwear. There is always a possibility of splash in the boat,
and waterproof boots are recommended in the early-spring and late-fall.
For the warmer months, make sure you dress comfortably. Nylon
pants or swim shorts are good and shoes such as sandals (no flip
flops) or old tennis shoes work well. Always bring your sunscreen
along for protection and polarized sunglasses are a must for seeing
river structure during low, clear water conditions. Also, don't
forget any medications or other personal items that you may need
throughout the trip!!
the Weather/River? - Click
here to visit our weather/river levels page.
the Bite? - Spring (March through May) and fall
(September through early-November) are excellent times for more
experienced anglers who have previous bass fishing experience.
For those wishing to pursue trophy fish, bad weather and long
days are not an issue. Trophy smallmouth fishing is not for the
faint of heart or inexperienced angler, but the rewards can be
great. Late-May through early-September are better times for anglers
of all experience levels. Numbers of fish are much more available
(in addition to some big fish), and the weather is typically more
stable making for a more relaxing time on the water. This is also
a good time for those wishing to fly fish for smallies. Remember,
it's fishing, not catching, and each day on the water is completely
- Lunch is not included
on our trips. We supply water and ice only.
The 'ole bronzeback is a prized and special fish. Our guided smallmouth
trips are strictly catch and release only. We will measure and
take pictures of your "trophies" so that you will have
memories to last a lifetime. So bring a camera and lot's of film.
here to print out the VDGIF state citation form.
and Where Do We Meet? - Please call or email us
the week before your trip to CONFIRM meet time and location. We
fish the entire New River in the state of Virginia and 60 miles of the James and all trip
locations will be determined by the guide.
We Responsible for...? - Compensation for lost/broken
lures and/or damaged rods/reels and/or damaged raft are at the
- A 15% to 20% gratuity is customary.
Units? - Handheld GPS units are NOT allowed on
our guided fishing trips; NO exceptions! Our guided fishing trips
focus on teaching our clients the techniques needed to pursue
big, mature smallmouths. We are NOT in the business of teaching
specific holes on the river! If you want to map the river, then
we are not the guide service for you.
|What About Rain? - We can not control the weather, and rain is part of fishing. If you are thinking about booking a trip with us and are concerned about it raining during your trip, then we are not the guide service for you because we DO fish in the rain. Please see "What Should I Bring" to be prepared for adverse conditions.