Discover World Class Fly Fishing

From mineral rich spring creeks in the George Washington National Forest to expansive lakes and impoundments, to larger rivers and tributaries that wind through the Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg is in close proximity to hundreds of miles of waterfront. The area surrounding the ‘Burg is one of the most densely populated with trout in the Mid-Atlantic, making it a popular destination for anglers. Mossy Creek, Virginia’s most famous fly-fishing location for brown trout, is just 20 minutes from Harrisonburg. The Shenandoah River, famed for its beauty, is accessible through several entry points within 30 minutes of the City and is widely regarded as one of the best smallmouth rivers in the world.

Harrisonburg is host to a variety of well anticipated annual fishing events. Each year in February, join anglers from throughout the Shenandoah Valley for Iron Fly, a lighthearted fly-tying competition hosted by Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Company. In March, watch some of the best fly-fishing films in the country at the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), a traveling roadshow offering a night full of action, camaraderie, raffles and door prizes.

After a long day out on the river or out on the trails relax at one of Harrisonburg’s five craft breweries or hard cidery and chat with the owners about your adventures. Enjoy a pint of I’d Rather Beer Fishing (Three Notch’d Valley Collab House), an easy drinking lager made just for anglers, or a glass of Dry River Reserve (Sage Bird Ciderworks), a locally-sourced cider named for one of the area’s most beloved streams.  Fishing, hiking and cycling are part of the culture in Harrisonburg, and many of the locals are eager to swap stories and there are plenty of outfitter shops to supply your needs. Come discover why Harrisonburg is known as the Adventure Capital of the Shenandoah Valley.

Rivers, Lakes and Waterways

Silver Lake Mill

Lake Shenandoah

Port Republic Boat Launch

Elkton Boat Launch

Island Ford Boat Launch

Grottoes Landing Boat Launch

Mossy Creek

Beaver Creek

Dry River

Paine Run

Skidmore Fork

Switzer Lake

Big Run

Madisn Run

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Shop

Mossy Creek Fly Fishing
1790-92 East Market St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-434-2444

Serving as an outfitter for all of your needs is Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing shop and one of the best shops in the Mid-Atlantic. Opened by twin brothers Brian and Colby Trow in 2003, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing is a highly specialized shop with an inventory of the finest flies and fly rods.

In addition to providing a wide variety of the latest, most innovative products on the market, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing also offers personalized, guided trips to some of the best fly fishing spots in Virginia and lessons for those seeking to reach the next level. Through their Orvis-based fly fishing school, the shop offers lessons to hundreds of anglers a year. Their knowledgeable, experienced instructors will ensure that you have a fun, educational experience, helping with everything from setting up the rod, to selecting flies and knots, to safely releasing your fish.

More Hunting & Fishing Outfitters

Dubby’s Fishing and Hunting
100 Waterman Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-574-3474

We are your one stop hunting and firearms store. We carry bow hunting accessories, firearms, hunting and fishing needs. If you hunt or just like shooting, we have your gear and accessories. We carry a full line of ammo, rifles, shotguns and handguns.

Rockingham Cooperative
1044 S. High St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-434-3856

Rockingham Cooperative is the Valley’s premier hunting store. They have what hunters need from new & used guns, muzzleloaders, full service archery shop, crossbows & accessories, Mossy Oak & Rocky Camo, Rocky footwear, Heritage & Sentry safes—plus regular clothing, footwear, and sporting goods of all kinds.

Runion’s Hunting and Fishing
2197 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-433-7225

Sporting goods, recreation retail, fishing equipment and licenses.