Bullpasture River Virginia
Bullpasture River Virginia
Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Bullpasture River Virginia
Bullpasture River is one of the best known trout streams
in the state of Virginia. It is heavily stocked with rainbow,
brown and brook trout. Although its name insinuates  
differently, only the uppermost section flows through a
pasture and there the land is posted. There's even a
deep gorge that gives this stream a complete different

Although this is basically a put and take stream, in the
eyes of many Virginia anglers, I couldn't get by without
listing it. The problem with the river, even though it is
spring fed in many places, is much of its water gets too
warm during the hot Summer to sustain a good
population of wild trout. Fly fishing  Bullpasture River
can be productive during the Summer provided you fish
the little tributaries and where they enter the main river.

In its gorge area, the stream has some huge boulders
and deep pools. It looks entirely different than most
other areas of the river. This area has some springs
that add cold water and is where most of the holdover
trout reside during the Summer.  

Above the gorge, Mill Run, a small size spring creek
adds its cold water to the flow. Both it and Davis Run,
another small tributary spring creek, have some small,
wild rainbow trout. There's a campground at the mouth
of the gorge.

This river stays crowded with visitors during the warm
months and especially on weekends. It is best to fish it
during the week and during the colder months of the
year. You can catch plenty of trout then and some nice
holdover brown trout. This will avoid having to deal with
the spin fisherman which tend to spook the trout.

Accessing the stream is easy. State highway 678
follows most of the stream. Areas of the gorge needs
some hiking to get to.

The season runs year-round
Trout can be caught on warm winter days.
Spring is the best time for fly fishing Bullpasture River.
Summertime is okay, if you fish the right places, thanks
to the cool spring water and heavy canopy of bushes
and trees..
Fall is the best time for big browns.

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Type of Stream

Brook Trout (Stocked with some
Brown Trout (Stocked with some
Rainbow Trout (Stocked with some

Medium e

Western Virginia Alleghany Highlands

Nearest Towns


Very Good

Non-Resident License
State of Virginia

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