Monday, April 8, 2013

Jackson River VA Fly Fishing Report (In Pictures)



I thought I would share a few pictures from my first trip to the Jackson River, VA.  The Jackson is considered among some of the best streams in the state for trout with plenty of deep runs, pools, riffles, and flat sections to allow fly anglers to experiment with a wide variety of techniques.  It also helps that the Jackson is stocked regularly and boasts a population of larger lake-run browns, bows, and even steel head cultivated through a special state management program.

Having heard about the Jackson from a friend and then doing a little research online, I decided to organize a trip to scout the area with several guys who might be willing to brave the elements.  As it turned out, the weather cooperated nicely and the conditions seemed pretty favorable, although we did have some wind and the fish didn't seem to be interested in our offerings.  The water was quite clear and took on a blue green color in the deeper runs, which looked awesome.  We even saw a hatch in the early afternoon of March Browns and Hendrix, which completed the quintessential fly fishing backdrop. 

When I consider the general lack of productivity on the trip, I have to sum it up to a lack of experience, although we did manage to land a few fish.  All in, it was an awesome trip with great company, plenty of fresh air, good food, and a campfire under a sky full of stars.


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