Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide 40 minutes from Roanoke Airport and 30 minutes from Lexington, VA.

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Wesley Hodges Fly-Fishing

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon(910) 578-5424 Email iconwes@wesleyhodgesflyfishing.com Link iconwesleyhodgesflyfishing.com
191 Bridge St
Eagle Rock, VA 24085


  • Smallmouth bass, trout, muskie
  • World-class smallmouth bass on the New and James Rivers and wild trout on the Jackson River
  • Patient and professional guides who work well with first-timers or highly experienced anglers. Highly knowledgeable on local ecosystems. Permitted to guide on National Forest
  • $525 per boat. All-inclusive packages are available at www.wesleyhodgesflyfishing.com
  • Smallmouth bass from March–October; Trout from October–June

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The Story

New River: For decades, the New River has been revered as the best smallmouth fishery in Virginia as well as one of the best in the nation. The clear, cool, turquoise water flows under low, overhanging branches, big rock outcroppings, long riffles, and deep holes that provide the perfect habitat for smallmouth bass to thrive. From the time we put in until the time we load the drift boat on the trailer, it's non-stop fishing.

James River: The James River flows along the banks of our lodge in Eagle Rock, Virginia, making this a backyard fishery. It is home to some incredible smallmouth bass fishing. Like the New River, the habitat consists of long, tree-lined banks with rocky shoals and outcroppings—perfect for smallmouth to thrive. We cover several stretches of the river depending on flows, water levels, and turbidity. It is in these stretches that we have dialed in tactics and locations for several healthy populations of smallmouth bass.

Jackson River: This is the best place in Virginia to throw big streamers for big brown trout. Located in Bath County, the Jackson River is one of Virginia's most famous trout fisheries. Ample wild brown trout and rainbow trout, paired with both wading and boating access, make this river a versatile destination for trout anglers of all skill levels. We offer full-day floats and wading trips depending on the time of year, stretch of river, and water flow.

Our outfitter is permitted through the National Forest to conduct commercial guiding.

Every trip is custom-tailored to you and/or your group. From the time we meet until the time I drop you off, absolutely everything is taken care of, and everything is considered. From dietary restrictions to special needs, we accommodate the needs of every individual on board. You'll know what to bring, where to meet, how the weather will be, and even the river conditions. Don't have equipment? Not to worry, our guides provide all gear if needed. Want to bring your own? Perfect, we will make room.

Trout: 5/6 wt rods with a floating line. If throwing streamers, a 7wt rod with a sinking line is preferred.
Smallmouth Bass: 6/7wt rods with a floating line.

Our days are somewhat flexible and are catered to fit the needs of your timeline.

A typical day will follow this timeline.
7:00 AM - Breakfast
7:30 AM - Depart for river
8:00 AM–4:00 PM - Fishing
6:30 PM - Dinner

We guide on six different river systems with over 400 miles of guidable water. Each river system is in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, but each has differences that set them apart. To better understand these rivers, each guide will discuss the options with you and pick the best option for your trip. For more information on our rivers please follow the link: https://wesleyhodgesflyfishing.com/fly-fishing-trips/#locations

Our rates are a-la-carte but we do have standard packages. Each guide trip and package is based on a 2-angler price.

$525 for a single day
$995/tax full-day guided/one-night lodging.
$1950/tax 2 days guided/2 nights lodging.

For all frequently asked questions and trip information please visit: https://wesleyhodgesflyfishing.com/new-river-fly-fishing/

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