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Fishing the New River Valley

An Angler's Guide
M. W. Smith


BUY Paper · 94 pp. · 6 × 8 · ISBN 9780813920986 · $14.95 · Mar 2002

"Care not, I, to fish in seas
Fresh rivers best my mind to please
Whose sweet calm course I contemplate
And seek in life to imitate."
—Izaak Walton

With Walton's lines as inspiration, M. W. Smith launches us on an informative journey to the best fishing spots in and around the New River Valley. Covering a wide range of prime fishing territory across western Virginia, Smith's guidebook explores techniques designed to increase the day's catch and locations certain to enhance an angler's enjoyment of the region's natural beauty.

Fishing the New River Valley includes lists of stocked trout streams, tips for successful wintertime fishing, live bait approaches, and spinning and fly-fishing suggestions. Smith offers helpful tips on fishing Claytor Lake for striped bass and walleye during cold-weather months and for smallmouth bass during the spring, summer, and fall. He also provides excellent information on float trips, wading, and fishing from boats at key points along the New River.

The book features a comprehensive map of New River Valley streams and specific fishing locations along with extensive listings of local guide services, tackle shops, rod and reel repair shops, boat dealers, and more. Whether you are a novice or professional angler, a visitor or a longtime resident of western Virginia, Fishing the New River Valley will tell you where, when, and how to catch more fish.

About the Author: 

M. W. Smith is Associate Professor of English at Bluefield State College and the author of Reading Simulacra: Fatal Theories for Postmodernity. He is the proprietor of Greasy Creek Outfitters, a fishing guide service based in Floyd, Virginia.

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