Fishing Guides

An experienced guide can help you reel in the right catch and offer tips and advice for how to make the most of your time on one of the lakes, rivers, or creeks in the Roanoke Region. From Virginia’s largest lake — Smith Mountain Lake — to the second largest municipal park in the United States — Carvins Cove — you are sure to find the perfect fishing hole.

What should you expect to find? These waters are home to native and stocked trout, bass and plenty of smaller fish. Here’s a quick look at what you can find:

  • Smith Mountain Lake: Large and Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Catfish, Muskellunge
  • Carvins Cove: Bass, Crappie, Large and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Striped Bass, and Muskie
  • Philpott Reservoir: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye
  • Lake Moomaw: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow and Brown Trout
  • Rivers and creeks: Native and Stocked Trout, including Brook, Brown, Rainbow, and Golden

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Area Fishing Guides

  • Big Lick Fly Fishing Guide Service Expand Collapse

    Big Lick Fly Fishing guide service is tailored to each individual angler’s skill level and preferences. From beginners to the most advanced anglers, we will plan a trip for you that will put you on fish with an experienced, knowledgeable, and safe guide. We chase all sorts of fish here in southwest Virginia and beyond. We offer both float and walk/wade trips. We look forward to passing on our experiences and enthusiasm for fly fishing with you on the water. Be sure to stop by our retail fly fishing shop.

  • Blane Chocklett Fishing Expand Collapse

    For the past 30 years, Blane Chocklett has lived his passion. He grew up fishing the small mountain streams in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, starting a guide service as a youngster. Join him for a trip on the river. All equipment and flies are provided. Anglers are welcome to bring their own equipment, if desired.

  • Carter Fishing Company Expand Collapse

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    Carter Fishing Company is a full service fly-fishing guide service located in the Roanoke Valley. We focus on helping anglers of all skill levels experience the world class fisheries of this area in the most rewarding way possible.

    Carter Fishing Company guided services focus on both drift boat and walk/wade trips on both public and private access waters throughout the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia. We have access to everything an angler could hope for when planning a trip: multiple types of water, terrain, and species.

    We tailor our trips to you. Our guides will explore the options and create an angling experience with you based on your preferences, your skill level, and, most of all, your enjoyment.

    Want to learn? We’re in this business to teach people – young, old, rookies, & seasoned anglers alike – how to enjoy the time they spend on the water. We offer private fly fishing lessons in Virginia, with a focus on the Southwest corner of the state on the Roanoke, James, & New Rivers for smallmouth bass, trout, and musky. These instructional fishing lessons will help you understand fish behavior, how to read the water, and of course, how to improve your fly fishing skills like casting, mending, and playing fish.

  • Dead Drift Outfitters Expand Collapse

    Dead Drift Outfitters offers wade trips to local stocked and wild trout waters, trophy trout waters, as well as float trips on the James River. Dead Drift also offers fly fishing lessons.

  • Escatawba Farms Expand Collapse

    Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Escatawba Farms is cradled in the heart of the George Washington National Forest and offers a secluded fishing experience on Dunlap Creek, a freestone stream that ambles it’s way through two miles of wooded mountains and fenced pastures. For novice anglers and stillwater enthusiasts, Escatawba Farms boasts a one and a half-acre, spring-fed lake.

  • Greasy Creek Outfitters Expand Collapse

    Greasy Creek Outfitters is a family-owned fishing guide service that serves the New River Valley in Virginia and specializes in float trips fishing for smallmouth Bass, walley, muskie, and land-locked striper.

  • Matt Reilly Fly Fishing Expand Collapse

    Helmed by full-time guide and author, Matt Reilly, Matt Reilly Fly Fishing specializes fly fishing for smallmouth bass and musky on the New River, and wild trout in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. He is the only fully permitted and insured fishing guide in the Mount Rogers District, where wild rainbow and brown trout in mountain streams like Whitetop Laurel Creek and the South Fork of the Holston are the rule. The diversity and richness of the region’s rivers allow for active fishing and guiding 365 days a year.

  • New River Fly Fishing Expand Collapse

    New River Fly Fishing (the only guide service in the New River Valley specializing exclusively in fly fishing trips) is run by veteran fishing guide Mike Smith, a widely held authority on fly fishing the New River for smallmouth bass.

  • New River Outdoor Co. Expand Collapse

    New River Outdoor Company provides canoe and kayak rentals, guided fishing, and cabin rentals on the New River.

  • Potts Creek Outfitters Expand Collapse

    Potts Creek Outfitters offers private hunting and fishing packages on hundreds of acres of private land and stocked streams. Fly fishing gear is also available for rent.

  • Tangent Outfitters Expand Collapse

    Tangent Outfitters is a custom outdoor adventure company. We host guided fishing tours for small mouth bass, muskie, and walleye on the New River. We also rent canoes and kayaks. Our outfitter guide and store is located within the Cascade Cafe, at the entrance to Cascade Falls.

  • Virginia Outside Expand Collapse

    Virginia-Outside-logoFor over 12 years Virginia Outside has been helping kids develop a love for the outdoors through a variety of programs and camps. Based in Richmond, Virginia Outside runs programs in Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Deltaville, Charlottesville, Roanoke, as well as a variety of national and international student travel trips. Virginia Outside currently offers fishing day camps in Roanoke in partnership with the North Cross and Roanoke Catholic summer camp programs. Please see website for details.

  • Virginia Trophy Guides Expand Collapse

    Fly fishing guide service in Virginia and Alaska seasonally, offering the finest in predator fly fishing on the New and James River as well as float/wade trips on some of the finest wild trout waters in the state. Fish and stay packages available, as well as shop/club hosted trips. June brings us to Alaska, all inclusive packages available on the famed Naknek River. Come see everything Bristol Bay and Katmai National Park have to offer with vibrant runs of all species of Pacific salmon, arctic char, grayling, and rainbow trout.

    Captain Josh Laferty is a Roanoke native and has been guiding the region since the early 2000’s. A well traveled outdoorsman who has a passion for this craft, and the places/fisheries where we guide. Guiding year round from Virginia to Alaska, we welcome you to spend the day with an accomplished Captain and guide who can accommodate all skill levels.

    Captain Austin Conrad is an energetic and detail-oriented guide that has a passion for the Virginia waters. but don’t let that fool you, captain Austin has fished just about every state in the country including long term residencies in Alaska. Growing up fishing for trout and bass across both WV and VA, he has a wealth of knowledge which makes him the perfect guide to help you catch the world class Musky, striped bass, trout, and smallmouth bass that Virginia is known for.

  • Wesley Hodges Fly Fishing Expand Collapse

    Wesley Hodges Fly Fishing offers guided tours for first-timers to experienced fly fishers and upland bird hunters. Go out with avid professionals that are ready to share a new adventure with you on the James and New Rivers or almost anywhere you would like to fish. Wesley Hodges Fly Fishing also offers fly fishing schools, upland bird hunts,corporate trips, and standard guided trips on private waters and hunt lands.

Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Guides

  • Captain Bert’s Fishin Charters Expand Collapse

    Captain Bert’s Fishin’ Charters offers a full guide service that takes you fishing for the “ultimate” striped bass on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. The lake reigns as Virginia’s top freshwater striped bass fishery and holds a lake record of 49.4 lbs. Capt. Daniel Berthiaume holds a U.S. Coast Guard License and is fully insured. Fish off a 22 ft. deck boat that accommodates parties of up to six people.

  • Captain Danny Dudley Expand Collapse

    Captain Danny Dudley is a full-time striper guide on Smith Mountain Lake. All fishing gear is provided. All fish are filleted and packaged at the end of every trip.

  • Kenny’s Striper Guide Service Expand Collapse

    Kenny Short fishes the professional Gold Cup tournament trail with the National Striped Bass Association. Kenny and his team “Team Polar,” won the NSBA’s Team of the Year in 2006. He guides charters on Smith Mountain Lake year round.

  • PointRunner’s Striper Guide Service Expand Collapse

    PointRunner’s Striper Guide Service is a high pace, high intense, striper fishing operation that specializes in live bait fishing for Smith Mountain Lake’s most aggressive big game fish — the striper.

  • Pullin’ Drag Expand Collapse

    Captain Wendell at Pullin’ Drag is a fishing guide with more than 17 years experience serving Smith Mountain Lake. Rods and reels, bait, gas, and oil are included in the captain’s trip pricing.

  • Spike’s Prime Time Fishin’ Expand Collapse

    The team at Spike’s Prime Time Fishin’ have been full-time resident guides since 1988 and are U.S. Coast Guard licensed. Two completely equipped 22ft. deck boats make up the fleet and accommodate parties of up to six each, using live bait and artificial lure techniques. All equipment is provided, along with pictures of the day’s catch, and your fish prepared and packaged for take-home.

  • Virginia Trophy Guides Expand Collapse

    Fly fishing guide service in Virginia and Alaska seasonally, offering the finest in predator fly fishing on the New and James River as well as float/wade trips on some of the finest wild trout waters in the state. Fish and stay packages available, as well as shop/club hosted trips. June brings us to Alaska, all inclusive packages available on the famed Naknek River. Come see everything Bristol Bay and Katmai National Park have to offer with vibrant runs of all species of Pacific salmon, arctic char, grayling, and rainbow trout.

    Captain Josh Laferty is a Roanoke native and has been guiding the region since the early 2000’s. A well traveled outdoorsman who has a passion for this craft, and the places/fisheries where we guide. Guiding year round from Virginia to Alaska, we welcome you to spend the day with an accomplished Captain and guide who can accommodate all skill levels.

    Captain Austin Conrad is an energetic and detail-oriented guide that has a passion for the Virginia waters. but don’t let that fool you, captain Austin has fished just about every state in the country including long term residencies in Alaska. Growing up fishing for trout and bass across both WV and VA, he has a wealth of knowledge which makes him the perfect guide to help you catch the world class Musky, striped bass, trout, and smallmouth bass that Virginia is known for.

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