James River, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by L.E. Rhodes
Fly Fishing Map of James River, VA
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James River, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Streamers fished on sink tips are producing quality fish. Crayfish patterns along the deeper cut clay banks are bringing fish to the boat.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing James River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 1770 CFS

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 81 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: mid day

Best stretch: Fish the areas that will have deep holes

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Fish species: Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Gar, resident juvenile Striped Bass, Panfishes

Fishing season: Mid-March - Mid-October (Prime: Mid-May - Mid-September)

Nearest airport: Richmond International Airport (RIC)

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James River Description

Ranked as one of the top Smallmouth Rivers on the east coast, the middle/upper James also gives the angler a chance at spotted and largemouth bass. The area above Lynchburg will see the opportunity for Musky.
The James is broken up by its numerous rock gardens, grass beds and riffles. Then where the river drops you will encounter up to class 3 rapids.
The James is a year round fishery with the best ...

Techniques & Tips

Look for the fish to be around or near the deeper holes. Sink tips come into play now with the cooling water temperatures. Streamers and crayfish patterns are the go too patterns at the time.

7-Day Forecast

Cooling water and shorter days see the fish feeding around mid day early afternoon..

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