Learn to Fly Fish

Fish will fear you.

Almost everyone knows the movie A River Runs Through It. The calm timing of the cast, the serenity of being outdoors and the excitement of catching your first fish on a fly. If you want to learn the art of fly fishing, this trip is the best way to guarantee success. You’ll practice as you float down the wide high-volume New River where you will hone your skills on active smallmouth bass. This gives you plenty of opportunity to learn how to fly fish before moving on to tighter streams and more elusive trout, a la Brad Pitt.

We'll teach you
  • Fishing safety
  • Rod, reel and line selection
  • How to tie on a fly
  • Fly selection
  • How to cast and retrieve
  • Basics of reading water as it relates to fishing
  • How to set a hook
  • How to handle and release a fish

About the New River

The New River is the classic upon which the West Virginia whitewater rafting industry was built. It's a drop-pool river, which means placid pool punctuated by moments of excitement. The New has several "sections" that we run. Some are excellent beginner and family-friendly trips, while others better for those who want more excitement and a bigger challenge.

About the Upper New River

The New River is a large volume river, which makes for huge rapids—in the Lower Gorge. But up here, the valley is wide and the water is shallower as it flows through long calm pools and over gradients through ripply shoals, which create long stretches of fun waves and moving water, without all the challenge of the Lower New. There's plenty of floating and swimming to do in between the rapids.

New River Rapids Classification

Class I through IV

Upper New River Rapids Classification

Class I through II, with an occasional III

Boat Size

Our oar-rigged fishing rafts hold two guests and one guide.

Time on Water

One very full day.

What’s Provided

We'll provide snacks, drinks and lunch and all required fishing equipment.

What to Bring

Come dressed for the weather and be prepared to potentially get wet. You must also bring your own fishing license. You can get your license online.

Requirements & Restrictions

This activity may have age, physical ability or weight-related restrictions.

Trip Safety

Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.

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