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New River Outfitters
Nobody should miss fishing in the New River.
Simply stated, New rivals the James and Rappahannock rivers as one of the best fishing rivers in Virginia. It supports outstanding populations of just about every major freshwater game fish in the state: smallmouth bass, spot- ted bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, striped bass, white bass, hybrid striped bass, muskellunge, walleye, black crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, yellow perch, redbreast sunfish, and bluegill.
State records that have been caught in the New River include muskellunge (45 lbs. 8 oz.), smallmouth bass (8 lbs. 1 oz.) which was caught 3/12/2003, yellow perch (2 lbs. 7 oz.). The state record spotted bass came out of Claytor Lake in 1993 at 3 lbs. 10 oz. And the river has the potential to yield many more record-setting catches in the future.
River Guides and Outfitters A variety of guide services are available in Giles and each one has their own unique style. From rafting and canoeing, to tubing and fishing. All ready to show you a day on the New River can be exhilarating and memorable.
New River Angler (540) 921-4407 www.newriverangler.com
New River’s Edge (540) 599-8382 www.newriversedge.com
New River Canoe Livery
New River Outdoor Company
(540) 921-7438 www.icanoethenew.com
Tangent Outfitters (540) 626-4567 www.newrivertrail.com
Catch the Smallmouth Action Photo provided by NROC
Giles contains 37 miles of the New River where it is somewhat large contrasted with the two up- per ends in North Carolina that do not usually carry enough water to float a canoe. Here in Giles, the river’s depth ranges from a very few inches to a maximum of one hundred feet at its base of the Eggleston cliffs.
The New River has changed its course through- out its long lifetime. At one time it probably fol- lowed Spruce Run to Newport in eastern Giles
Canoe it, tube it, kayak it...
Photos taken at New River’s Edge
County. In Pembroke it flowed around the so-called “knob” and through the town. At Rich Creek it left its present bed and flowed into Pe- terstown. Different stories exist telling about the origin of the ancient New River’s name. One story claims that the name comes from a translation from Indian dialect meaning “new waters.”
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