One of our favorite guided fly fishing trips! If you haven’t done a smallmouth float trip you need to try it! Our guide fleet consists of three different styles of boats allowing us to float a wide variety of rivers safely and comfortably. We seat two anglers plus a guide. Floats on the James and Shenandoah are usually limited to a full day but we can sometimes make exceptions. If you are looking for a shorter day or would like to stay closer to Charlottesville, the Rivanna river that flows just to the east of town is a phenomenal and often over looked fishery.
We accommodate spin anglers if you prefer not to use the fly rod or if your companion does not fly fish. The day can be very diverse. One can expect to employ various techniques from dredging deep clawdads to lightning fast vicious topwater eats on poppers and wiggle minnows. We love targeting the other species that inhabit these rivers; such as Carp, Gar, Musky, Bluegill and Catfish. There’s nothing like seeing a smallmouth blast a popper on the surface or a 3′-4′ gar viciously attack your fly.
Not only are these beautiful rivers outstanding fisheries, their history in settling Virginia makes floating them a truly remarkable experience. Starting with the James River. We fish this amazing river from the confluence of the Jackson and Cowpasture all the way to Bremo Bluff. With in-depth knowledge of hundreds of miles of river to choose from our guides will have you on the most productive float for your outing with us.
The Shenandoah river is hands down one of our favorites. Even tough over the years the Shenandoah has had some issues with fish kills, it’s still one of the most beautiful and productive rivers we fish.
Our closest and most overlooked smallmouth fishery is the Rivanna river. Not only does it have an amazing history, it’s diversity of catchable species is second to none.
River/fishing update November 16, 2018. We have concluded our smallmouth bass floats for the year. Although the weather and water made for a challenging season, the days we were able to get out fishing was outstanding. Our hopes are that with the limited pressure on the fish this summer that 2019 will be one of the best years for smallmouth we have had in a very long time. We will start our 2019 season around the middle/end of March, weather and waters temps permitting.
Half day floats start at $295.00
Full day floats start at $400.00
All smallmouth trips require a valid Va freshwater fishing license. If you need to purchase one please, follow the link and scroll down to fishing license.
Barracks Road Center
1129 Emmet Street #26
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm