Fly Fishing the Blue Ridge Parkway: Virginia Section

By Sam R. Johnson

The much awaited second book of a two-volume set about the trout waters along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sam's first book about the water along the 252-mile North Carolina Section, became a much in demand resource for trout anglers. This second book discloses Sam’s “must fish” destinations along the Parkway’s 217 miles in VA and promises also to be in demand by anglers looking for novel places to chase trout. Full Color; 9x6 inches, 310 pgs.


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For the first time ever in one publication, Sam has captured some of the most beautiful, remote, and productive places to pursue trout along the Parkway in VA. With a lifetime of experience on Parkway waters, Sam offers detailed descriptions and insight for each watershed – along with enough history, stories, and lore to make the read more than just a data dump and trout porn! The detail and clarity – presented with his slightly off color, tongue-in-cheek style – makes this book both informative and entertaining. It chronicles his lifetime of chasing trout along the waters of the Parkway, as well as a detailed history of the legendary roadway. The Author commented: “Trout don’t live in ugly places,
and my boots on the ground, lines in the water experience, offer readers descriptions, access and insight to some of themost beautiful and productive rivers, streams, creeks and seeps along the NC and VA Sections of the Parkway – with just enough history and lore to keep it interesting.”

Sam groups the hundreds of VA watersheds into four – fifty-four-mile sections. He then provides descriptions of each flow, including firsthand observations, and “At a Glance” insights such as: Sam’s 1 – 5 ranking, tributaries, pressure, mouth & source GPS fixes, size of flow, trout species, gradients, and best access points. Every flow is summarized in a source to mouth overview, then with a highly detailed mouth to source description as if you were actually fishing it. Descriptions are also provided for each flow’s fishable tributaries - some having as many as ten or more feeders. “This guide pinpoints
many of the best Parkway watersheds and is an invaluable resource for any fly angler. Sam’s ability to organize and describe each watershed’s key characteristics will help you find, and fish streams others only dream about!” Monte Seehorn, Regional Fisheries Biologist - US Forest Service Region 8 / (retired).

Additionally, Sam offers a fascinating overview of the Parkway’s history, construction, flora and fauna, climate, macro-hydrology, basic fishing regulations, and Parkway management. Other chapters offer insight into the origins, physical attributes and habits of all three trout found along the Parkway, as well as some of the cautions / dangers associated with fishing Parkway waters. Carolyn Widner Ward, PhD / CEO Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation put it this way, “Fly Fishing the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia is an extraordinary guide to your next fly-fishing adventure. I hope you enjoy the secrets Sam reveals in the pages that follow. And remember, leave your honey hole better than you found it!”


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