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The Rivers Run Through Patrick County, Va.

Five rivers rise out from Patrick County, Va., flowing into two major watersheds. Every river or stream in the county originates from within its borders. This dynamic creates wading opportunities for anglers that can’t be found everywhere.

The Dan River begins on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains with first-class rainbow, brook, and brown trout. The North and South Mayo River are frequently stocked with brown and rainbow trout. The Smith River can be accessed at Historic Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge. Nearby is Rock Castle Creek with pickerel and sunfish. The Ararat River rises up near historic Laurel Hill and contains native and rainbow trout. Fairy Stone Lake at Fairy Stone State Park offers largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, and bluegill. Neighboring Philpott Lake offers excellent bass, walleye, crappie, and catfish opportunities. Talbott Dam and Townes Reservoir offer many angling possibilities from shore, as well as from hand-carried boats and canoes.

While you’re here, experience the flavors of Patrick County with a local farm-to-table dining experience at Pickle & Ash. Enjoy Blue Ridge wines at Stanburn and Villa Appalaccia wineries. Immerse yourself in 5-star luxury at Primland Resort. There’s so much to discover. Find yourself here in Patrick County, Va.

Fish Facts – Brook Trout

  • Unlike other trout species, brook trout lack teeth on the roof of their mouth.
  • Despite their name, brook trout are actually a type of char.
  • They are most active during the serene hours of dawn and dusk.
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