"LOCATION X" WILD TROUT
Wild Mountain Trout Fishing at its Finest
Many of the mountain streams we fish drain Mount Rogers, Virginia’s highest peak at 5,728
feet above sea level, and are finned by native Southern Appalachian brook trout and wild brown
and rainbow trout. We refer to these rivers as “Location X" waters, and are on them year-round.
which is considered to be Virginia’s largest wild trout fishery and was featured in Trout
Unlimited’s America’s 100 Best Trout Streams.
Our guide season on our "Location X" waters runs heavy from October through June, but trips
do continue throughout the summertime to take advantage of the superb terrestrial fishing
that can be had this time of year. The right conditions and approach can produce 100-fish days
on some of these waters, and encounters with trophy fish up to 20 inches are common. Like all
trips, these walk-and-wade adventures can be designed to fit the experience level and ambition
of the client. Want to learn effective dry fly techniques, advanced nymphing tactics, or streamer
fishing strategies for targeting large trout in small streams? Want to become more comfortable
fishing high water? Give us a call and we’ll help you to decide when to book your trip.
Because we believe in the value of these streams, we carry a commercial use permit from the
United States Forest Service to legally guide trips on them, and are the only guide service on these waters to do so. As the only properly permitted, insured, and licensed guide service in the Mount Rogers region, allow us to do the homework for you.
Full-day wade trip for 1 or 2 anglers - $325/$400
Full day trips allow you to get the most out of your adventure.
We don't fish by a clock, but by available light. Rods, reels,
flies, lunch, and professional photos from the day are
included. Want to hunt big fish? This is the option for you.
- Note: Ask about group rates for larger parties
What to Bring:
Waders (in cold water months)
A Virginia freshwater fishing license is required, as is a National
Forest Stamp. Some trips will require a trout stamp. We will
iron out specifics after booking your trip. Purchase yours here.
A 25% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of
booking, and can be paid by check or PayPal towards the total
cost of the trip. The remainder is to be paid on the day of the
trip by check or cash. In order to better serve you, in the event
of inclement weather or poor water conditions, as determined
by Matt Reilly, deposits can be put towards a rescheduled date
within a year's time.
- Note: listed rate does not include gratuity.
Choosing what to tip can be confusing. Generally, throughout
the industry, 20% of the trip rate is standard given you enjoyed
your time on the water and your guide. We give 110% to our
clients on the water every day in order to ensure that you have a
memorable, relaxing, and educational adventure that will stick
with you forever.
The South Fork of the Holston's wild rainbows are famously vibrant.
A large wild brown trout taken on a dry fly during a heavy caddis hatch.
Fire pink blazes on the banks of a southwest Virginia highland trout stream.