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Fly Fishing the New River
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Fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the New River can be simply fantastic! From mid-river feeding flats to shady bank cover to rocky-cobbled runs, the New River has ample structure to target big, mature (18"+) smallmouth effectively on the fly.
Our Maravia rafts and Clackacraft drift boat are custom-designed with the fly fisherman in mind. With few add-ons that fly lines can catch on and stable floors, our rafts and drfit boat are very comfortable to cast from on an all-day adventure.
Late-April through early-October is typically the best time for fly anglers (with mid-July through mid-September being the optimal time for the "big fish" top water bite). The spring and early-summer usually finds us hunting for the big ones with sub-surface flies such as streamers and crayfish imitations. With the warmer water of summer comes some fantastic top water action on bugs, poppers, sliders, and divers. The cooler waters of fall will find us targeting hungry smallmouth feeding heavily for winter with sub-surface flies and bait fish imitations.
We suggest a 7-wt or 8-wt rod with a 0X to 2X tapered leader and 8 to 12-pound tippet (depending on conditions). Please see our setup page for more details on fly gear. In addition to landing some big smallmouth, our fly anglers have also been known to land the occasional muskie and carp as well.
Guide Note: Britt's favorite time to fly fish the New River, and your best chance at monster smallmouth on the fly, is late-July through early-September with August being the peak month!! All on top!!
Check out our featured fly fishing article in the July/August 2010 edition of American Angler magazine.
We also guide for muskies on the fly on both the New and James. Check out our Southern Musky Outfitters website or give us a ring at 540-921-7438 for more information.
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