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Fly Fishing in the Mountains of Southwest Virginia

Tie your fly and cast your line to fish for brook, brown and rainbow trout in the mountain-fed streams of Southwest Virginia, enjoying small-group instruction from an expert fly fisher.
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Program No. 23042RJ
6 days
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Fly Fishing in the Mountains of Southwest Virginia

Tie your fly and cast your line to fish for brook, brown and rainbow trout in the mountain-fed streams of Southwest Virginia, enjoying small-group instruction from an expert fly fisher.
6 days
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Program No. 23042 RJ
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Wade through the mountain-fed streams of Southwest Virginia as you cast away the week fly fishing for brook, brown and rainbow trout. With a maximum group size of just eight participants, beginners and seasoned fly fishers alike will enjoy ample small-group instruction from the group leader on fly-tying, casting and more. Learn about the history, ecology and geology of the four streams you’ll wade through this week, take in a lecture by a Trout Unlimited expert and enjoy historical field trips, a farm-to-table meal and free time throughout the week to enrich your fly fishing experience.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about and practice your fly fishing technique with an expert instructor in four Southwest Virginia streams: South Fork Holston River, Tumbling Creek, Buller Dam and Whitetop Laurel Creek.
  • Take in inspiring lectures on fly fishing and local history and ecology throughout the week, including one from a Trout Unlimited expert.
  • Visit a local fish hatchery to learn about breeding, hatching and rearing of finfish and shellfish.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Virginia Highlands
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Far Appalachia: Following the New River North
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Noah Adams has Appalachia in his blood. A native of eastern Kentucky, he comes to the headwaters of the New River not just in search of adventure but to better understand his own unique heritage. Following the New River from its mile-high source on North Carolina's Snake Mountain to its West Virginia mouth, Adams travels by Jeep and by bicycle, by foot and, most thrillingly, by white-water raft to explore the history, natural beauty, and fascinating characters waiting around every bend and turn
Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia
by David L. O’Hara and Matthew T. Dickerson
Professors of philosophy and writing combine to pen some wonderful stories about their travels to Eastern brook trout streams
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver
Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life (in Washington County, Virginia near Abingdon) - vowing that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.
Brook Trout: A Thorough Look at North America's Great Native Trout- Its History, Biology, and Angling Possibilities
by Nick Karas
North America has had a 400-year love affair with the brook trout - Salvelinus fontinalis- its great native trout. Through the eyes of a trained ichthyologist, Karas explores the brook trout's biology and the events that led to its evolution and distribution. And because the history of brook trout fishing is inseparable from the history of American fishing, Karas follows the development of the rods, reels, lines, lures and flies that evolved as anglers pursued their fascination with this great game fish
Washington County
by Donna Akers Warmuth
Washington County provides an intricate visit to yesteryear, with over 200 historic scenes of this rural region. Highlights include beautiful photos of The Virginia Creeper trains and the communities of Damascus, Meadowview, and Glade Spring.
Fly Fishing Virginia: A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters
by Beau Beasley
From small creeks to the expansive Jackson River, Beau Beasley shows you where to fly fish in Virginia. Detailed maps, photographs, and Beasley's wisdom guide you through the many waters in the Old Dominion.
Abingdon, Virginia - Then and Now
by Donna Gayle Akers
This book contains around 200 historic photographs taken over the past century of Abingdon’s many well-known town entities, personalities, and businesses. The Stonewall Jackson Female Institute, Martha Washington Inn, and the Barter Theatre are all included in this beautiful celebration of Abingdon’s heritage.

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