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"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.

 They include the South Fork of the Holston River and Whitetop Laurel Creek, the latter of

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.

Rates:

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)

  • Appropriate clothing

  • Rain gear

  • Polarized sunglasses

  • Fishing license

License Requirements:


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.

Payment:

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.

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.