The South River

freshwater rainbow trout

 

The South River begins near Staunton, Virginia, and flows northward to Port Republic, where it merges with the North River to form the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The South River is famous for its trout fishing and is stocked periodically by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Upstream of Waynesboro, the waterway is a small, meandering stream. As the river nears Waynesboro, its flow increases considerably. The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival The festival is held each spring along the banks of the river in Waynesboro, Virginia.

During the festival, fly-fishing enthusiasts from across the USA come together to attend seminars, browse exhibits, and share fishing stories. A key attraction of the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is its abundance of river access, which allows anglers to get hands on experience during their stay.

Anglers also visit the South River for its outstanding float fishing trips. From Waynesboro to Port Republic, anglers catch smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, sunfish, brown trout, rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, carp, and other fish species.

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