Meet Virginia’s biggest, baddest, most challenging fish to catch on the fly.
The Musky. Even thought they have been swimming in many Virginia rivers and lakes for over five decades, they have gone unnoticed by many until recently. Although musky are more of a cold water species associated with the Midwest and Great Lakes region they have not only thrived in Virginia but, have started to draw anglers from across the county and around the world to target them in our local waters.
Please, don’t be mislead. They are still the fish of 10,000 casts even in Virginia. If you judge the success of your day on the water by fish boated, musky fishing may not be for you. If the sight of a 3-4+’ toothy monster following your fly to the boat gets your heart racing and knees weak, musky are exactly what you want to chase in Virginia. 9-10wt rods, flies 8-14″ and sinking lines up to 500gr are commonly used. If you are up for the fishing challenge of your life for a fish of a lifetime, lets go. We do cater to spin and baitcasters with artificial lures as well on musky trips.
We offer float trips during the cooler months to target these amazing fish. Most years from September – May. Again, these are a cold water species however, their metabolism does increase as water temperatures rise. Even though musky can be and are caught by anglers during the summer months we do not guide for them and ask others to please, not target them when the water temperatures get into the mid to upper 70″s. They have a very difficult time dealing with the lactic acid they build up during the fight and even though you may see them swim away when temperatures are high, there is a very good chance they may die. If you hook a musky in warmer water, land it as quickly as possible and try not to handle it to much.
If you are serious about catching a musky we highly recommend floating for two or more days. There are local accommodations within minutes of our most popular floats. We are happy to arrange your lodging for multi day trips.
Update, October 18th. The bite is on. The low clear water is creating some heart stopping sight fishing.
Barracks Road Center
1129 Emmet Street #26
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm