Matt Miles Fly Fishing Guide, VA

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Lynchburg, Virginia

Matt Miles Fly Fishing Guide, VA

Overview

Matt offers guided trips to a multitude of public water destinations in Central and Western Virginia. The variety of water he represents allows him to put you on the hottest action in Virginia. Most of his guiding is done out of a Boulder Boat Works drift boat, but he still guides wade trips fishing for trout upon client request.

Date Range

Year around

What is Provided to Customer

Picnic style lunch and drinks on my full day trips. Half day trips I provide just drinks and snacks. Orvis rods and reels will be provided if needed. All tippet, leaders, and flies are provided on all trips.

What Should Customers Bring

VA valid fishing license, Polarized sunglasses, Rain coat, hat and sunscreen. Waders if needed and rod and reel if you have one you like to use.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

The Staunton River is an under rated river that doesn't get much press. This river is one of the most diverse in Virginia. The Staunton features smallmouth, largemouth, walleye, white bass, and stripers, just to name a few. In the spring, stripers make an annual journey to Brookneal, Virginia to spawn. This event usually starts around the first of April and runs through mid to late May, depending on water temperatures. The spring is a great time to catch a mixture of species on the fly. You never know what you'll catch on this great river.

The New River is an ancient river, the oldest in North America. The New is big water with the very best smallmouth bass fishing in Virginia. Anglers have a good chance of catching a smallmouth in the 3 to 7 pound range. Smallmouth bass are not the only inhabitants of this river; rock bass, musky, and walleye are also residents here. Guide trips to the New start in mid June and run through mid September. When conditions are right this river offers the best chance at a citation bass.

The Jackson River is located near Covington, Virginia. This river is the premier tailwater trout fishery below Gathright Dam. From Gathright Dam downstream to Covington, there are 18 miles of prime trout habitat. Rainbows and brown trout are the main target species of this river. The average size fish on the Jackson is between 10 and 13 inches, typically rainbows, but there are much larger fish to be had. The browns can be well above 20 inches. A good hatch of insects or large streamers will get the brown trout's attention. The Jackson is a large trout river by Virginia standards. Floating the Jackson from a drift boat will offer anglers the best opportunity to cover this unique river.

In the Town of Iron Gate, Virginia the Jackson River and the Cowpasture come together to form the James River. The James River holds smallmouth bass from this point all the way to Richmond, Virginia. I run my guide trips on the James River from the town of Iron Gate downstream to the community of Bent Creek. The James is a great musky fishery and I run trips for musky year around. Although musky are not easy to catch, the right state of mind and a little luck will give an angler the chance to tangle with this beast.

Species You Fish For By Season

Trout/year around. Smallmouth Bass/ May to October. Musky/year around but best fishing is October to April. Freshwater Stripers/ April and May.

Typical Weather by Season

Winter can range from 60 to 30 degrees for daytime highs. Spring daytime highs 50 to 75 degrees. Summer daytime highs range from 75 to 90 degrees. Fall daytime highs range from 50 to 70 degrees.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What rod should I bring?
For musky I like a 9’ 11 wt with intermediate sinking line and 350 to 400 grain sinking lines. Smallmouth bass 9’ 6 or 7 wt rods with a floating line. Trout I like 9’ 3, 4, and 5 wt rods for most of my trout fishing with a floating line. If the day is going to be on a small stream 8’ 2 or 3 wt will be great. Freshwater stripers I prefer 9’ 8 wt with a 250 grain sinking line.

Reviews

Matt Miles Fly Fishing Guide, VA is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 56.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Guide! Great guide, great guy. I've fished with Matt three times now (striper, smallmouth bass and muskie) and have had a blast each and every time. Matt works his tail off and will put you on fish. Fun to be around and a great instructor. I've learned from Matt each and every time. If you have the opportunity to book with Matt, you will not regret it.
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Guide trip Matt was excellent. He really made the fishing trip a special experience for my father and I. His knowledge and expertise made for a day that we will never forget. He genuinely cares about his clients and has a passion for what he does. I would highly recommend Matt to anyone.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Guide I have fished with Matt for many years. I have neither met nor fished with anyone who shares the same passion for fly fishing than Mr. Miles. Although he loves to wet his own line I believe Matt has more of a passion for putting his clients on the fish! He is very Knowledgeable on all types of water and an excellent oarsman. Matt is and exceptional guide and no one works harder at his craft and is willing to share his knowledge of fly fishing than he!
Date published: 2016-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Multi Talented Matt Miles I have fished with Matt Miles on numerous occasions over the last few years. At the end of 2014 he put me on my personal best Smallmouth Bass of 21” and guided me to my first Muskie. Needless to say I have had some very productive outings with Matt on the oars. I always learn something when fishing with him as he is so well educated on so many types of fish, whether it be Muskie, Bass, Trout, or Stripers. Matt is also the most enthusiastic guide I know. He is genuinaly just as excited as you are when getting into fish. I believe the only reason he averages 5 out of 5 stars on trip reviews is because a 6th star is not an option! I am sure I will be out for Muskie with Matt again this winter.
Date published: 2015-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Experience Matt is a fantastic guide! My first trip with him was on 25 Aug where i caught my largest small mouth bass at 19". We caught many fish and saw a lot of really big ones. I had such a good time that i booked another trip with him 12 Sep so i could take another buddy of mine to experience the fishing with Matt on the James. Everything with Matt is top notch from the boat to the gear to his guiding experience. I would highly recommend Matt to anyone who wants to have a great fishing experience and catch some monster fish. I have already scheduled a trout and musky trip with him for this year. I can't wait to catch more monster fish with Matt and if you would like to do the same with a top notch guide, i would recommend you schedule a trip with him.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smallmouth Topwater Had an awesome day on the James today with Matt fly fishing for smallies. Caught a lot of fish in the 16" range, and one 19", 30 min into the trip. Later missing two others even bigger. It was a great day, Matt is a top notch guide, and a blast to hang out with. He was a great instructor, and I learned a great deal in the time we were on the water. All of his gear is also top notch, and his boat is rigged perfectly for a comfortable and functional trip! Highly recommended, I will without doubt be back as soon as I can.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top water Smallmouth We had a great day on the water with Matt. We floated the James near Lynchburg and caught lots of fish over 15 inches and missed many more. Big fish of the day was 18.5 inches, but we missed a couple that were over 20 and spooked one over 22 inches. Matt was great throughout-- knowledgable, patient and a good teacher. I hope to fish with him again.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smith River 2015 Had another great day on the Smith with Matt!! Can't wait to go after some monster bass next year. Thanks again, Matt, and can't wait to see you again.
Date published: 2015-08-19
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Matt Miles Fly Fishing
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
247 Melody Ln.
Lynchburg, VA 24504
434-238-2720

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