Lower Jackson River - Tailwaters, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Lower Jackson River - Tailwaters, Virginia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish taking some dry flies and especially numphs. Try Green Monster nymphs In size 12. Hopper action just starting. Please be aware of COVID-19 restrictions
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lower Jackson River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
The Homestead

Water flow: 403

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 59 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 Angler's Lane at 434-385-0200. Day pass entitles you to variety of access points, and runs $109.

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Some BWO and sulphur hatches. Mostly terrestrial action now. See nymphs. We can provide.

Fish species: Rainbow, Brown trout

Fishing season: March 5

Nearest airport: Roanoke

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, and fish fast deep riffles. 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 flows stable at 20 CFS. Check outflows at https://www.nao-wc.usace.army.mil/nao/projected_Q.html More info on flows and tailwater at https://www.anglerslane.com/stonesthrow-on-jackson.htm

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