What You'll Get
Fly-fishing refers to a method of casting that uses the weight of the line, rather than dynamite, to catch fish. Flip trout into your net sans explosives with today's Groupon: for $85, you get a half day of fly-fishing instruction from New River Fly Fishing in Willis (a $195 value). Mike Smith, a published fly-fishing author and angler with more than 30 years of experience, instructs both fledgling fishermen and casting connoisseurs in small classes on a secluded trout stream. Spend a half day in the shadows of mountains learning the basics of knots, casting, presentation, and reading the water, whose bubbling letters spell out breaking news stories. The private stream is stocked with rainbow trout for piscatory pupils to practice hooking, playing, and landing using semaphore signals. Lunch and all equipment are provided, with the exception of waders, which students should purchase or rent prior to arriving. The trout stream is located in Floyd County, and meeting locations depend on where you will be coming from.
Since fly-fishing lessons take place on a private stream, no Virginia freshwater fishing license is required for this location.
While there are not yet any online reviews for New River Fly Fishing, customer testimonials are available on its website:
- The trips were first class in every respect and we caught some nice fish, particularly on the last day when I was guided to 17, 18, and 20 inch smallmouth! If you want to float some beautiful water and catch some big smallies, you need to give Mike a call. – King M.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must be 12 or older. Must bring Waders. Gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About New River Fly Fishing
Staffed by experienced fly-fishermen, New River Fly Fishing offers both a wide selection of fishing gear and a wealth of local-waters knowledge to help customers master trophy-trout waters. Guides lead day trips to a private trout stream for dedicated fishermen looking to haul in prize-worthy specimens, as opposed to just lackadaisically drifting down the currents and pointing out which clouds look like Burt Reynolds. Staffers also provide tips on casting during day trips or half-day workshops that cover everything from casting and fly selection to water reading.