Trout Hike – South River Trout Fishing (VA – Hopeman Parkway)

After fishing in the South River delayed harvest area and visiting Ridgeview Park, I got a wild hair and decided to drive downstream and access the river at any convenient bridge crossing just to see what was there. After all, they do stock downstream in Grottoes as well as upstream in the delayed harvest area. Or, there might be smallies cruising around. 

I drove out of town and found great access at the Hopeman Parkway bridge crossing. On the right, there’s a short dirt road that leads directly to the river and runs along it for about 100 yards. I was encouraged by the sign posted there cautioning against eating any fish caught out of the river. Hopefully, that indicated that there were fish here that someone would want to eat.

I drove to the northern end of the access, parked the truck and jumped into the river. Walking down the improved bank near the power substation that was the reason for the dirt road, I saw some fish scatter in front of me — another good sign. The river here is about 30 feet wide and 2 feet deep. There’s a deep cut that runs along the east side of the river that is sheltered by a large number of dense, overhanging trees and bushes. In addition, there are a decent number of smaller fallen trees that provide shelter for fish. I moved to the west side and focused my casts on that structure to the east. I started with various streamer patterns with no success. Once I switched to an Adams dry fly I started to pick up fish. Well, that’s if you consider fallfish to be fish.

All those fish I saw scattering? They were fallfish. This place had a tremendous population who were eager to take anything off the top. No smallies, no trout. I have to admit I did have a good time with these guys because any fish caught on a dry fly provides a bump of adrenaline and excitement. Once I realized that I would only encounter fallfish here, I climbed out of the river and walked back to the truck.

South River Trout Fishing Bottom line: This is probably my shortest fishing report in the hundreds I have published. Hopefully, the above provides the crystal-clear reason for the brevity of my comments and nothing further is required.  Caveat — there may be smallies in this stretch of the river in the warmer months. I have never been successful in catching a smallie after October.

Date Fished: 11/8/2008

Getting There: From 340 in Waynesboro, turn onto the Hopeman Parkway.  The access I found is to the east of the bridge.

Google Local Coordinates: 38.088685,-78.876514

Secrets Revealed?  I guess.  This spot is not documented anywhere I could find.  Granted, I did not really search hard.  Not sure it is a secret if there is nothing there worth catching.

Looking upstream from the entry point at the north

Downstream from the entry point at the north.

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

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Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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