James River, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by L.E. Rhodes
Fly Fishing Map of James River, VA
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James River, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Go with chartreuse- yellow -olive and black poppers for top water action. White -olive and grey steamers for bait fish patterns. Brown - pumpkin-olive/orange and tan for cray fish imitations.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing James River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 3320 CFS

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 76 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Morning to late afternoon

Best stretch: Fish the areas that will have deep holes

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Fish species: Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Gar, resident juvenile Striped Bass, Panfishes

Fishing season: Mid-March - Mid-October (Prime: Mid-May - Mid-September)

Nearest airport: Richmond International Airport (RIC)

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

Fish the shade covered banks with top water and the ledges and mid stream structure with bait fish patterns and cray fish patterns.

7-Day Forecast

Finally fish able!! River is in good shape and giving up good size fish.

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