The Cowpasture River, Bath County, Virginia.
~ The Season runs from September 1st through May 31st ~
Big Bend Farm is Albemarle Anglers’ first, and longest operating fishery. Just shy of a decade now it has welcomed many to its beautiful waters and has held the reputation of being a favorite among anglers, and here’s why…
Bath County is located primarily along the eastern slope of Warm Springs Mountain and adjacent ridges, the Allegheny Highlands. This property will offer relaxing afternoons, for you to explore over a mile and a half of private runs, riffles, and pools which are stocked multiple times each year. A uniquely wide river with its freestone bottom, most commonly found in western river bottoms. Managed by Albemarle Angler this private trout water provides the highest quality experience for members in terms of both size and quantity of fish. Big Bend’s primary species are rainbow trout however, browns and “brookies” are always a possibility! Truly a beautiful, unspoiled property. For fly fishing in Virginia, it will be hard to beat Big Bend!
The Cowpasture River flows through some of Western Virginia’s most scenic, rural landscape. Beginning in Highland County, it flows south through Bath, Alleghany and Botetourt Counties for over 80 miles. At Iron Gate, it joins the Jackson River to form The James River. People who experience the Cowpasture River find that its beauty and peace remain with them always.
There is an interesting story about how the Cowpasture and neighboring rivers the Bullriver and Calfpasture River came to be so named. It is said that the Shawnee once had stolen a herd, of settlers’ cattle and was driving them westward into the mountains. The calves naturally tired first; they were left behind at the river which is now the Calfpasture. The cows were driven on farther, but they, too, had to be abandoned, the valley in which they were left became the valley of the Cowpasture. The bulls, being somewhat hardier, were still able to continue westward; they finally were left at the river which is known as the Bullpasture.
The Native Americans had named the river Walatoola, which means “winding waters”, describing the great bends in the river. However, when British settlers arrived in the 1720s they named it the Cowpasture.
Buffalo Creek, Lexington Virginia
~ The Season runs from September 1st through June 30th ~
This gem of a river located in Rockbridge County Virginia and has a well-found hold on “best days ever” on a trout stream!
Buffalo Creek is one of the most prevalent spring-fed, freestone fisheries in central Virginia. The multifaceted structure and flows, not to mention the many pools, alternating in color from deep blue to pale aqua. A calming sight as you continue to process your environment.
There are two parking areas for members. One gated/fenced location off the main entrance road about a third of the way down the river that provides easy access to the top half of the property. Another parking area is located near the camping area at the lower boundary of the property. River access, in most areas, is accessible by a well-worn path that will take you to the river’s edge. Once there, you will find continuous riffles, pools, ledges, and eddies that hold big browns, rainbows, and of course colorful “brookies”! Buffalo Creek provides many opportunities and challenges from the novice to the most advanced anglers. We are eager to share our most recently acquired private water and soon you will see for yourself just how breathtaking it is!
VIP access for guided trips on The Shenandoah, James, and Rivanna rivers, just to name a few for ~ smallmouth, muskie and gar!
VIP access to guided trips on The Jackson, Rapidan, Moormans and countless other rivers in Virginia for ~ “brookies” rainbows and browns!
Memberships starting at $1,500.00 per year. Please call for more package information and pricing. (434) 977-6882
Barracks Road Center
1129 Emmet Street #26
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm