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
Small nymphs such as Ians's Brass ass have been working well.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lower Jackson River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
The Homestead

Water flow: 1100cfs

Visibility: 16 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early morning and late afternoon

Best stretch: Any of the public access points downstream from the dam.

Best access point: Indian Draft, Smith Bride, The Damn, Petticoat Junction.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Fish species: Rainbow, Brown trout

Fishing season: Spring

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

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

Warm weather in the afternoon next couple days

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