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.
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.
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.
Trout/year around. Smallmouth Bass/ May to October. Musky/year around but best fishing is October to April. Freshwater Stripers/ April and May.
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.
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.
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 49 reviews
49 of 49 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Smith River 2015 -
By: KevinD from Roanoke, VA
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.
James River Smallmouth Bass Trip -
By: flyrodk from Lynchburg, Virginia
Matt Miles was my guide fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the James River below Lynchburg, Va. Matt's drift boat is superb as it is comfortable and easy to fish out off on a full day's trip. Matt knows the river really well, provided superb Orvis equipment and recommended excellent presentation. We caught fish off and on all day and nearly landed a citation bass. It was great fun!
Best fishing in VA -
Had a great time with my dad! Some of the best fishing you will find in VA.
Fishing with Matt -
Matt is a five star guide because he earns it each & every time. We have fished several times on the James River with Matt & he hasn't failed to put us on big (citation) smallmouth. If conditions are not good Matt will call and tell you; let you decide to go or reschedule. Matt furnished us with a couple of Orvis Recons and they were a dream. I would highly recommend them to any fly fisher.
Special Day! -
By: FairFishVA from Lynchburg, VA
My son (Brad) and I floated the James River with Matt fishing for small mouth. Matt navigated us to many hot spots and Brad, using a fly rod, pulled in one fish after another. Matt is awesome and we can't wait to get back down this Fall for a return trip with him.
Great Smallmouth Trip -
By: Andrssonevn from Washington, DC
My wife and I recently took a trip with Matt for smallmouth on the James River (June 2015). Matt worked extremely hard to put us on numerous fish all day and provided several shots at some trophies. I ended up getting a 19" to the net (my largest smallie ever)! Both my wife and I caught plenty of fish. Matt was also a great instructor and had my wife double hauling by the end of the day. All in all, it was a blast and Matt is a pleasure to fish with. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a fun day on the water.
an amazing guide -
By: S2Pfish from Maryland
We've had seven trips with Matt. After the first day of successful fishing in pouring down rain, we wondered if the day and guide, Matt, were an anomaly. Happily not. As we learn more about him, we are more impressed. His skill at handling both boat and clients are exemplary. We have fished all over the planet–from Tierra del Fuego to the mountains of Italy to the Seychelles–and feel we are good judges of the character and skills of a guide. We've not met a guide who works harder! But that makes little difference if the client doesn't catch any fish. Both my husband and I have caught prized fish with him in the last three months. One day when the fishing was slow on a stretch of a river and there were two hours remaining, he pulled the boat out and moved us to what he hoped would be a more productive beat. Very few guides will go to those lengths or care that much. His knowledge of so many species and the different equipment [rods and flies] for each is first-rate. Truthfully we cannot fault him on any aspect of 'guidability'!! We look forward to fishing with him on a regular basis! We feel truly fortunate to have found a 'local' guide of his caliber. We regard Matt as one of the best guides we've ever fished with!
Very Professional -
Went to Weldon, NC with Matt for Stripers on the fly. He was very professional and had good equipment and was very accommodating. Fish weren't feeding as heavily as I would have liked, but we put several in the boat.
Great Guide - Matt Miles -
By: KoolUncleKenny from Rock Hill, SC
Matt is a great guide to be out on the water with. I have been fishing with him for Muskies and small mouth bass so far. The target has been a Musky and we had one hooked up, but I guess that I needed one more strip set. But, no worries. Matt really knows what he is doing, gets every much as excited as I do and has the patience to help me become the best fly fisherman that I can be. When I do put a big Musky in the boat I want it to be in Matt's boat; he works hard and deserves the rewards of seeing a really happy client.
Great Guide -
By: RTPhotography from Brookneal, VA
Had a great trip fishing for spawning run Stripers on the Roanoke River near Brookneal, VA Matt is personable and knows his fishery, making for a great day on the water.