The Flat At Big Bend Farm.
Big Bend is not your typical little Virginia trout stream. The width and freestone bottom resembles western rivers much more then most Virginia rivers.
For fly fishing in Virginia, its hard to beat Big Bend Farm. This private trout water is managed to provide the highest quality experience for anglers in terms of both size and quantity of fish. Big Bend Farm’s primary species is rainbow trout however, browns and brookies are never out of the question. Anglers can expect many fish per day depending on environmental factors and the skill of the angler. Fly Fishing Guides are available but fly fishing is allowed without a fishing guide as well. Big Bend Farm is located on the Cowpasture river. A mile and a half of water is open and stocked multiple times each year within its numerous runs, riffles, and pools. This is a beautiful and unspoiled property on very quality water which promises lots of fish in a natural, private setting. The season at Big Bend Farm will run from mid September until the end of May. Limited to 5 Members per day.
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.
There is also a nice cabin available for rent on the property. Please click on ” The Cabin at Big Bend Farm” link bellow for information on booking the cabin.
NOT INCLUDED overnight accommodations may be available at the cabin at Big Bend Farm, an original 1928 log house built from native lumber and stone and features sleeping accommodations for up to ten persons. A cozy living area, fully equipped kitchen, and large outdoor decks with grill are included.
The beautiful Cowpasture River flows just downhill from the cabin.
1 night stays at the cabin are available mid-week only for $275/night based on double occupancy. The Cabin will sleep up to 10 people. After the first two, each additional person adds $10 to the price. Fishing fees for the river are NOT included in the rental price but can be scheduled through Albemarle Angler. 434.977.6882.
During weekends there is a two night minimum for $200/night double occupancy. The cabin offers a great solution for those driving more than 2-3 hours to fish this terrific water. If you’re in the DC area and are interested in fishing mid-week, by all means book a stay in this cabin. Travel and fish your first day, then stay overnight and fish the second day.
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1129 Emmet Street #26
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