Who owns the Jackson River?

Beau Beasley has written a great article about Fishing Rights in supposedly state owned waters. Check it out.  http://www.virginialiving.com/articles/who-owns-the-jackson-river


Latest from the Virginia Flyfishing and Wine Festival

Latest from the Virginia Flyfishing and Wine Festival, this will be our official switch over from Ruthless Fishing to Ruthless Outdoor Adventures, we will have some pretty cool stuff in out display this year, you don't want to miss it.

Virginia Fly Fishing Festival
Join Us April 21 & 22, 2012  March 2012 
Attention, Lady Anglers
The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is proud to announce our first-ever Women's Fly Fishing Forum hosted by well- known lady angler Wanda Taylor.
Wanda Taylor
This forum, which will be open to all festival goers, is the first of its kind in the country and came about as a direct result of the strong showing of women anglers at our event. A variety of topics such as gear selection, personal health and wellness, the selection of appropriate clothing, and proper body mechanics will be covered.

If you're a lady angler looking for answers, this is the place to be. The forum will be held at noon each day at the Herring Alliance Tent, and seating will be limited. We handpicked the panel speakers for this unique program; they include Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing columnist Tracey Stroup, fly fishing guide Kiki Gavin, and Casting for Recovery's Mollie Simpkins.

Make Reservations Now!

Holiday Inn Express
We're proud to welcome the Holiday Inn Express in Waynesboro as our newest festival lodging. This beautiful hotel offers not only great accommodations, but a full breakfast with your stay. Don't wait until the last minute to book your rooms-and be sure to mention that you're coming for our festival to get the reduced rate. For a full listing of hotels and B&Bs that support us, please CLICK HERE

Alagnak Lodge Sign

Feeling Lucky?
Try your hand at winning over $10,000 worth of raffle prizes. This year's Grand Prize is a week's fishing at Alaska's Alagnak Lodge, compliments of Hanover Fly Fishers. One lucky winner will get to fish in the wilds of Alaska for multiple species of salmon, beefy rainbow trout, and grayling. This great trip includes accommodations, guiding, and round-trip airfare. Other prizes include B&B getaway weekends, high-end rod-and-reel outfits, artwork, and guided trips

Festival T-shirts 
Our popular festival t-shirts are available online now. Check our website for the latest information on this festival "must-have" item and other great prizes and gifts. To purchase your festival T-shirts and admission tickets as well as classes.

To purchase your Tickets or Merchandise click here...

2012 Schedule of Events Now Online!
The festival has just updated its schedule of events and we invite you to check out all of the classes and lectures we're offering this year. For a full schedule of events, click here....

New Festival Sponsor!
Natural Retreats
The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is proud to announce that Natural Retreats Resort is our newest festival sponsor. Natural Retreats Resortwww.naturalretreats.com provides some of the finest vacation rental properties in the country and takes vacation rental accommodations to a new level. Comfort and convenience are of paramount importance; two- to five-bedroom residences are furnished and equipped to the highest standards of quality and with your comfort in mind. Natural Retreats Virginia Hot Springs retreat is surrounded by the perennially lovely Allegheny Mountains and makes the perfect launch pad for trips to the Jackson River and Lake Moomaw.    

Natural Retreats provides exceptional, luxurious vacation experiences in areas of truly outstanding natural beauty. Although Natural Retreats was born in the United Kingdom, its inspiration comes from the great American outdoors and specifically our National Parks. Be sure to take in Brett Novik's lecture on the upper Jackson River at this year's festival.

     DMV Mobile License Van

Fishing License, Anyone?
The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is proud to announce that attendees will be able to purchase their fishing licenses and check on their driver's licenses at the festival this year! That's right: A partnership between Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Game and Inland Fisheries means one-stop shopping for anglers.

Our main purpose is to provide fishing licenses for those who want to wet a line in the South River-but the convenience of having the DMV at the festival surely can't be beat. Where else can you get fly-tying lessons and then waltz over to check the title on your car? Hunters will be able to pick up licenses as well.

Casting Classes
Paid Casting Classes 
Hoping to take your casting to the next level this year? Consider a paid casting class with casting experts Bob Clouser or Ed Jaworowski. These classes last approximately 2 ½ hours and are taught outside in a group setting. Space is limited and classes fill up fast, so don't wait to sign up.

Women-Only Paid Casting Classes 
FFF Master Certified Caster Instructor Wanda Taylor will teach a women-only casting class each morning of the festival. This small group class of 5 to 7 students will last about two hours and is aimed at the newest of aspiring fly anglers all the way up to veteran anglers. Ladies, this is your chance to learn from one of the best casters in the country.

Spey Casting Classes   
A variety of free Spey (two-handed) casting classes will also be available this year from members of the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders, Virginia's largest FFF club. A small, paid, group class limited to 4 to 6 students will also be offered each day. Information on free Spey instruction, along with basic fly tying instruction, is available in the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders Tent next to the wineries. The paid classes will begin early each day and will be taught by Certified FFF Casting Instructor Dan Davala and John Bilotta as well as other certified club members. Stay tuned for updates on this new exciting opportunity for Spey casters.            

Authors, Speakers, and Guests
The 2012 festival will feature noted fly anglers from across the country including fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh, Ed Jaworowski, Bob Clouser, Harry Robertson, Beau Beasley, Wanda Taylor, Dusty Wissmath, Steve Vorkapich, John Shanner, Tommy Lawhorne, Brett Norvik, Brian Shumaker, Harold Harsh, Mike Smith, Eric Stroup, Captain Ed Lawrence, Colby Trow, Tracey Stroup, Adam Vurnakes, Dan Davala, John Bilotta, Jeff Kelble, Captain Tony Harding, Bryan Kelly, and Captain  Gary Dubiel
Cory Routh
On The Water
Dreaming of a driftboat? Of paddling away from it all in a kayak or a canoe? Wondering how you rig up a watercraft? Industry experts at this year's festival can answer all of your questions about driftboats, kayaks, and canoes-and they'll do it right on the South River. Staff from the Appomattox River Company (www.paddleva.com) will be on hand all weekend. Author Cory "Ruthless" Routh (www.ruthlessfishing.com) will also be lecturing and selling copies of his book Kayak Fishing: The Complete Guide. Cory is a wealth of knowledge and was recently hired to be on Freedom Hawk Kayak's Pro-staff to learn more about their products go to www.freedomhawkkayaks.com.


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Video from Rose River Farms


I am going to start incorporating more You Tube video in my Blog. Here is a short video from the Rose River Farm trip last week. Enjoy!




Had a great opportunity to return to Rose River Farm for a quick overnight stay and a day of trout fishing. Douglas Dear was gracious enough to put me up in one of his Luxury cabins, modeled after Mongolian Yurts, these round cabins are definitely not a tent. The round floor plan is very spacious and they are furnished with all the accommodations that a fly angler (or anyone else) would ever need. You can get info on the cabins at Rose River Farm Luxury Cabins.

Got in a few hours of flyfishing as well. The trout were rising everywhere, but very picky. Seems all they wanted was a #22 black stone fly, which is slightly smallerr than a Knott's Island mosquito. I only had one and on the first cast hooked up with a nice 14-inch trout. A few more cast and I loose my only fly. Changed alot of flies from there on without any luck. So I put up the fly rods and got out the cameras. Had a great time and can't wait to return for the Project Healing Waters Ice Breaker and Two Fly Tournament. Not to mention getting in some more fishing... and next time Ill have enough flies! Book you trip at Rose River Farm here!


Austin Capps, Cory Routh and Larry Routh ready to go!
Ive been talking up my trip to Blue Horizon Quail Preserve for a few months now and finally I got to join my Dad for a first class upland bird hunt there. Preserve manager Ricky Nixon invited us out on friday afternoon for some trap practice. After a long afternoon at the trap, we decided to bring in some local talent, in the form of 17-year old Austin Capps. Austin is a very talented hunter and it was great to have him along to clean up and "lost" birds. We also invited mu cousin Dan Routh of  Dan Routh Photography to capture the hunt. These first three pictures are his. Saturday morning came with a little more time at the trap, and after a few rounds every one was ready to go.

Banjo on point.
Our guide was Chad Robbins and his English Pointer "Banjo", The morning hunt was excessively quail and it was not long until Banjo was on point. We had a great morning and got several opportunities and by lunch had bagged about a dozen quail. ill admit my start was slow but eventually, with the proper gun, I got the hang of things. Thanks to Ricky for loaning me a Mossberg 12-gauge over/under.  It really made the difference not having to pump between shots. I am getting an over under very soon. We broke for lunch and were treated to an excellent meal of Jambalaya over rice, and German chocolate cake for dessert.

After lunch the hunt continued with quail with the addition of three Chukar. I got the first flush and dad followed up shortly with a second. Austin rounded out the third. Ill have to admit out of the three birds the Chukar was my favorite. They are larger than quail and tend to flush more vertically that horizontally. Pretty tasty bird as well.
After a short break came the last bird of our upland trifecta, the Pheasant. After two attempts we found out why this is such a highly respected bird. They are truly at home in the warm season grassed and dig in like ticks. They were hard to find even with Banjo leading the way. But eventually the guide flushed the birds and we bagged our birds.

At the days end everyone had a great time and I am pretty sure that the Routh boys are hooked! After pictures, the guide processed and packaged our birds for the trip home. Now that's service!

So if your in central North Carolina, and this outing peaks your interest, check out Blue Horizon Quail Preserve's website or you can set up you trip through us. Ether way its a great adventure and they even have accommodations at $50/night on sight. Thanks for checking us out and we look forward to sharing more Outdoor Adventures with you all!

Not bad for a mornings work? Good job to Ricky Nixon,Chad Rollins and Banjo
for making our intro to upland hunting a memorable event! Cant wait to go back!