"My first fishing trips on the New were made in the 1970's to our family's cabin at Bertha Falls, near Lone Ash, VA. As a teenager, my cousin and I would fish from sunup to sundown, often having the entire river to ourselves. Since then, I have spent countless days fishing and guiding on the river all the way from North Carolina into West Virginia. Now, I enjoy introducing other anglers to this amazing fishery and passing on my knowledge about it." -- Mike Smith
About the Capitan
If you're looking for a professional guide service with local knowledge and expertise, you've come to the right place.
New River Fly Fishing is run by veteran fishing guide Mike Smith. Mike has guided on the New River since 1998 and is always passionate about sharing his experience with clients and other anglers both on and off the water. Over the years, he has been a featured speaker at numerous fly fishing events and has introduced hundreds of novice anglers to the sport he loves through his popular on-the-water beginner fly fishing classes. He is also an avid saltwater angler and regularly hosts trips to the the Bahamas and elsewhere.
Since 2010, Mike has been the Product and Brand Development Specialist for Flymen Fishing Company as well as a fly designer. His patterns were featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine. Mike has also authored a series of fishing guidebooks published by the University of Virginia Press, which include Fishing the New River Valley, An Angler's Guide among other titles.