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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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Moderate walks of up to two miles on varied terrain to get to stream locations. Walking and wading through mountain streams with banks and stream bottoms of rocky composition, with slippery rocks.
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 single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Craig Makufka
Craig Makufka is the program director at Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center. Before joining the staff at the 4-H, Craig was an environmental educator at The Alice Ferguson Foundation in Accokeek, Maryland. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University in Pennsylvania and is an avid birder.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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