Upper James River, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by L.E. Rhodes
Fly Fishing Map of Upper James River, VA
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Upper James River, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish are looking up and eating top water bugs. Streamers are producing fish along ledges and drop offs.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Upper James River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
L.E. Rhodes

Water flow: 1400 CFS Scottsville

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 81 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid morning into the afternoon

Best stretch: Any of the public ramps or access areas

Best access point: All public access points. Check on the VDGIF web site for access areas.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Minnows and crayfish are moving around providing meals for the hungry Smallies!

Fish species: Smallmouth Bass -Musky-Carp-Gar-Largemouth Bass-Spotted Bass

Fishing season: Open Year Round (Guiding Season May-October)

Nearest airport: Charlottesville/Albemarle

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Upper 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

The fish are being found along shade lined banks along with head of pools. Top water action is improving daily. Bait fish and claw dad patterns should be a stable in everyone's box.

7-Day Forecast

Keep a eye on weather and river conditions.

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