Notes straight from the stream. . . .
"We are currently in our peak season for trout fishing. Half and full day trips are being booked now, but availability is extremely limited. Trout fishing will be red hot into mid-June. We are now booking float fishing trips for smallmouth bass on the James and Shenandoah Rivers for June, July, August and early September. Beginner fly fishing classes and casting clinics are available year round but availability is always limited during peak fishing seasons."
Nestled in 11,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen is in close proximity to some of the best fly fishing Virginia has to offer. Quiet valley ponds and lakes, cascading mountain streams, and the nearby James River provide guests with a variety of angling opportunities. Wintergreen's Fly Fishing services are designed to accommodate the inexperienced to the expert angler. Wintergreen's Orvis-Endorsed instructors have the perfect classroom setting at Lake Monocan to introduce students to the art of Fly Fishing, or anglers can experience the thrill of fishing for trout in the mountains or smallmouth bass on the legendary James River with a knowledgeable and friendly guide.
Arrives-Endorsed Fly Fishing School and Guiding Services
We have very limited availability over the months of September and October, please call well in advance for bookings.
Wintergreen offers half and full day fly fishing classes under the watchful eye of an Orvis-Endorsed instructor. Fly-casting instruction is based on The Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting and inexperienced to expert casters are welcome. All instruction includes the use of Orvis fly rods and equipment, and all classes are held at the facilities at Lake Monocan and on the private ponds in Stoney Creek.
- Corporate Group Classes and Services Available
Four-Hour Beginner Fly Fishing Class
8am - 12 noon or 1 pm - 5 pm
The four-hour beginner class is available for individuals or families on a daily basis. All four-hour classes are private and are taught with no more than a 4:1 student/instructor ratio to ensure the highest quality learning experience. Students meet at the Lake Monocan facility. The course begins with a classroom presentation including a discussion of rods, reels, lines, flies, and knot tying. After a demonstration of the Orvis Progressive Method to Fly Casting, students will have an opportunity to try their hand at casting. Students will also learn hook setting, fish fighting techniques and proper handling/release of fish.
Four Hour Class: $165
Two Hour Orvis Endorsed Casting Class
The two hour beginner class is a scaled down version of the four hour beginner class. A great option for children eight and up to participate with their parents, or for those on business with only enough time for a two hour class.
Two Hour Class $100 per person (minimum of four people preferred)
Guided Trout Fishing Trips
Wintergreen offers half and full day guided trout fishing trips for fly fishermen on private water on Stoney Creek or on nearby streams. Wintergreen's Stoney Creek is a private freestone mountain stream that has predictable spring and summer insect hatches and a large population of wild and stocked brook trout. For anglers looking to explore the surrounding area, trips may also be taken to a number of other nearby mountain streams or special regulation trout water. We use no more than a 2:1 angler/guide ratio to ensure the highest level of attention. Our approach to guiding is to put the angler on fish that he/she can catch, and to suggest flies and techniques that have proven effective on the waters being fished. The emphasis is on safety, enjoyment and catching fish. Instruction is available upon request. Lunch and drinks are provided for full day trips.
|Half Day One Person
(Four Hours on Water)
|Half Day Two People
(Four Hours on Water)
|Full Day One Person
(Eight Hours Plus Lunch)
|Full Day Two People
(Eight Hours Plus Lunch)
Float Fishing Trips
Wintergreen offers full day float trips for smallmouth bass on the legendary James River for spin or fly anglers. Anglers will meet at Lake Monocan or at a designated boat landing on the James. Our guides are experienced boatmen and have an intimate knowledge of the river. We fish from the finest quality Fishcraft™ river raft and our boat is equipped with the highest quality rods and tackle available. Our boat accommodates 2 anglers plus the guide. Multiple boats may be available upon request. Drinks and a streamside lunch are provided. Float trips generally last between 7 and 8 hours.
Float Trip (eight hours including lunch, one or two people per boat): $325 for one person, $400 for two.
For all Fly Fishing services, gear is provided. For more information regarding scheduling and rates, call 434-325-8180.