About Us

​If you're looking for a professional guide service with local knowledge and expertise, you've come to the right place.

"My first fishing trips on the New were made in the 1970's to our family's cabin at Bertha Falls, near Lone Ash, VA.  As teenagers, my cousin and I  would fish from sunup to sundown, often having the entire river to ourselves.  Since then, I have spent countless days fishing and guiding on the river all the way from the North Carolina line into West Virginia.  Now, I enjoy introducing other anglers to this amazing fishery and passing on my knowledge about it."

-- Mike Smith


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New River Fly Fishing is run by veteran fishing guide Mike Smith.


Mike has guided on the New River since 1998 and is always passionate about sharing his knowledge and expertise with clients and other anglers both on and off the water. Over the years, Mike has been a featured speaker at numerous fly fishing events and has introduced hundreds of novices to the sport he loves through his popular on-the-water beginner fly-fishing classes. He is also an avid saltwater angler and regularly hosts trips to the Bahamas.

Since 2010, Mike has been the Product and Brand Development Specialist for Flymen Fishing Company. As a fly designer, his  patterns include: the Skull Daddy, Foxy Shrimp, Forage Fly, Saltwater Forage Fly, River Creature, Salt Creature and Egg Sucking Flash Minnow, which are featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine.  

Mike is also the author of a series of fishing guidebooks published by the University of Virginia Press--which includes Fishing the New River Valley: An Angler's Guide.

            Read Mike's full bio here.

Mike Smith