Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Maury River - Buena Vista - Virginia

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Mid-day #18-#22 Zebra Midge, WD-40
February Midges, Blue Wing Olives Late Morning to Afternoon #18-#22 for Midges, #16-#20 for BWO Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat, Pheasant Tail
March Blue Wing Olives, Quill Gordons Late Morning to Afternoon #14-#20 BWO Emerger, Quill Gordon Dry Fly
April Blue Wing Olives, Caddis Late Morning to Afternoon #14-#20 for BWO, #12-#16 for Caddis BWO Emerger, Elk Hair Caddis
May Caddis, Sulphurs Late Morning to Dusk #12-#16 for Caddis, #14-#18 for Sulphurs Elk Hair Caddis, Sulphur Dry Fly
June Sulphurs, Light Cahills Afternoon to Dusk #14-#18 Sulphur Dry Fly, Light Cahill Dry Fly
July Terrestrials, Light Cahills Early Morning to Dusk #12-#18 Ant Patterns, Hopper Patterns, Light Cahill Dry Fly
August Terrestrials Early Morning to Dusk #10-#16 Ant Patterns, Beetle Patterns, Hopper Patterns
September Terrestrials, Midges Early Morning to Dusk for Terrestrials, Mid-Day for Midges #10-#16 for Terrestrials, #18-#22 for Midges Ant Patterns, Beetle Patterns, Hopper Patterns, Zebra Midge
October Blue Wing Olives, Midges Late Morning to Afternoon #16-#20 for BWO, #18-#22 for Midges BWO Emerger, Zebra Midge
November Blue Wing Olives, Midges Late Morning to Afternoon #16-#20 for BWO, #18-#22 for Midges BWO Emerger, Zebra Midge
December Midges Mid-day #18-#22 Zebra Midge, WD-40

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Embark on a rewarding fly-fishing adventure near Buena Vista. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Maury River where rainbow and brown trout abound.

  • Chessie Nature Trail: It’s a perfect spot for fly-fishing with access to many deep holes. Meandering along the historic railroad bed, it offers amazing river views.
  • Wood’s Creek: This tributary of the Maury River is home to some of the largest brown trout. The upper section near Jordan’s Point Park is an ideal spot.
  • Glen Maury Park: The park allows fishing along its areas with a mile of riverfront access. The river runs slow and deep here, making it excellent for trout fishing.
  • Ben Salem Wayside: This picnic area provides an easy access to the river with good pools for both brown and rainbow trout.

Best Access Points

The Maury River flowing through Buena Vista is an excellent destination for fly fishing. Here are the best access points:

  • Glen Maury Park: Expansive, parkland featuring river access with multiple fishing spots.
  • Chessie Nature Trail: An excellent entry point is near the trail head offering miles of river access.
  • End of River Road: Offers a quiet location with river access; a good spot for trout fishing.
  • City sewage treatment plant: Although it sounds strange, this is a great access point, especially for rainbow trout. Don’t let the façade put you off!
  • Old Indian Graveyard: Exactly one mile from the town limit offers good smallmouth fishing.

Remember to respect property rights. Always get landowner’s permission when accessing the river from private land.

Local Fish

  • Trout: The Maury River contains brook, brown, and rainbow trout. With suitable water temperature ranges and fast currents, these species thrive in this region.
  • Smallmouth Bass: One of the most sought-after fish species, found mostly in warm waters. Smallmouth bass are popular due to their aggressive nature and fighting spirit.
  • Bluegill: Often found in shallow waters, Bluegill is a favorite target for fly fishers due to their ability to strike flies aggressively.
  • Rock Bass: Rock Bass is an attractive target for fly fishers because of its swift attack on flies. It is common in the Maury River area.
  • Carp: Common Carp are challenging to catch, which makes them attractive to many fly fishers.
  • Muskie: The Muskie is one of the biggest and most challenging freshwater fishes for fly fishers to target.
  • Channel Catfish: Channel Catfish are available in abundance in the Maury River – Buena Vista, thus they are a popular target for fly fishers.
  • Northern Pike: Northern Pike are fast, aggressive, and known for their explosive strikes. An ideal catch for any fly fisher.

About The River

Unearth the beauty and captivating history of the Maury River running through Buena Vista, a charismatic city tucked away in the heart of Virginia.

Belonging to the James River watershed, the Maury River was named after Matthew Fontaine Maury, a celebrated oceanographer. Here are a few highlights of its rich history and importance:

  • Enthralling Landscape: The river flows through the visually arresting Shenandoah Valley, an area known for its pristine scenery.
  • Historical Significance: In the 1700s, the river served as a vital transportation route, supporting the thriving agriculture and iron industries of the local bucolic towns.
  • Goshen Pass: As the river flows, it creates the stunning Goshen Pass, a natural sanctuary and Virginia’s oldest state-managed natural area that offers a wealth of recreational activities.

These days, the tranquil Maury River is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, and it continues to inject vitality into the tight-knit communities of Buena Vista.


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