Lower Jackson River - Tailwaters, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Lower Jackson River, VA
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Lower Jackson River - Tailwaters, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Green Monster and Green Hornet and rubber leg Prince Nymph. Robo Pheasant tail nymph is working well also. Purple Haze #18 and Torin's Tungsten Soft Hackle #18. Large Streamers such as Kreelex with sink tip lines work well in high water with a stone fly nymph dropper.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lower Jackson River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
The Homestead

Water flow: 1200

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 43 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch: Any of the public access points downstream from the dam. For some select private access call Anglers Lane at 434-385-0200. Day pass entitles you to variety of access points, and runs $99.

Best access point: Public: Below Gathright Dam, Johnson Springs, Indian Draft, Petticoat Junction, Filtration plant

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

There is quite a bit of buzz going on now about lack of hatches. A Friends of the Jackson group of landowners and local fishermen with sincere interest in the fishery believe the pulse releases are hurting the dry fly hatches. So observe and let us know if you encounter hatches, as this data will be most helpful. We like the Tunghead Flashback Hare's Ear by Orvis carries but it is not listed on the group of flies below. Call us if you want it or a few more flies which have been effective lately.

Fish species: Rainbow, Brown trout

Fishing season: January 17

Nearest airport: Roanoke

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Jackson River, Tailwaters Description

Often described as one of the top southern trout fisheries, the lower Jackson below Gathright damn offers both wild rainbow and brown trout angling opportunities to the fly angler. Whether it's drifting a size 26 midge with 8x tippet or seducing some of the larger fish with a size 4 zonker, the lower Jackson has many offerings for the fly fishing enthusiast. Operators of the dam do a great job of maintaining ...

Techniques & Tips

Look for a cloudy day. If not windy go with a 9' 4 wt for the most fun; if windy a 5 wt. The area immediately below the dam has lots of didymo. Keep your nymphs off the bottom or spend your time checking the hook after every cast. Swung soft hackle flies are very effective there. The algae doesn't extend very far downstream so standard rigs work fine at the other public access points.

7-Day Forecast

Water levels are at the seasonal average.

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