The Jackson River is renowned for providing some of the best trout fly fishing on the east coast. Beginning September, 2012 there will be a Rod Fee Program initiated at Meadow Lane for both lodging guests and day fishers. The fee will range between $50 and $100 per rod per day depending on the time of year and provides for fishing on our 2.5 miles of private, stocked Jackson River.
Fishermen, you are required to have a Virginia Fishing license even though you are on private water. We suggest that you have all 3 licenses (VA State, Trout and National Forest) in case you choose to leave the property. Click on the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries link on the “Recommended Links” section of our web site, meadowlanecottages.com, for licensing and state stocking information.
The Dinwiddie Spring Stream-No Vehicles
This low-lying, pristine, non-wading spring stream is stocked with Rainbow Trout. There are 3 sections, the lower section is a “flip & dink” section requiring a very small rod. The upper 2 sections are wide and deep. The measured flow of the spring is 1 million gallons per day.
The Lower Jackson – No Vehicles
Our section of the Lower Jackson runs from the bridge on Rt. 39 to the old picnic area below Jackson Cottage, approximately ¾ mile.
The Slough Ponds are located in our Nature Preserve area. They are stocked with Largemouth Bass, Brim & Catfish.
Please respect the designated areas for driving and parking. This is very important to us. Do not create any new tracks. Drive off the road only when you see that it has been mowed and park only in the mowed areas. Please respect this property, all of which is in Land Conservation with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. We ask for zero impact which means leaving nothing behind.
Meadow Lane's little fly shop, located near the Lodge. In addition to flies, we will have an assortment of streamside gear, basic wader and rod rentals, Meadow Lane caps and custom-made rods and nets.
“The Jackson at Meadow Lane is one of the finest pieces of trout water in Virginia .”
Jim Brewer, The Virginia Sportsman
“$50 a rod, 2 ½ miles of stream, Meadow Lane is the fly-fisherman's dream.”
Harry Slone, author Trout Streams of Virginia
“The facilities are excellent, the scenery superb and the trout are fat, plentiful and rise gracefully to May fly hatches in the early evening.”
B.R. Shriver, III, former Orvis Fly-Fishing School Instructor
“For both novice and seasoned anglers, the [ Meadow Lane 's] stretch of the Jackson River is a spectacular location.”
Erin Tilley, Richmond Magazine
Wet flies: Wooly Buggers, Stone Fly Nymphs, Caddis Nymphs, Bead-Head Prince Nymphs, Flashback Hare's Ear
Dry flies: March brown, Blue-Wing Olive, Hendrickson, Caddis flies
Wet flies: Wooly Buggers, Flashback Hare's Ear, Prince Nymphs, Caddis Nymphs, Stone Fly Nymphs
Dry flies: Blue-Wing Olive, Caddis flies, March Brown, Little Sulphur, Light Cahill, Stone fly, Green Drake
Wet flies: Wooly Buggers, Stone fly Nymphs, Caddis Nymphs, Flashback Hare's Ear, etc. etc. etc. You can try just about anything under the surface!
June, July, August and September
Dry flies: Sulphur , Cahills, Stone Fly, Tiny Blue-Wing Olive
Wet flies: Wooly Buggers, Flashback Hare's Ear, Minnow patterns
October, November and December
Dry flies: Blue Wing Olive, Stone Fly, White Wing Black
Wet flies: Wooly Buggers, Stone Fly Nymphs, Caddis Nymphs, Flashback Hare's Ear