With the confluence of both the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers at Harpers Ferry, the Angler's Inn Guide Service floats both of these beautifully wild river systems for Smallmouth Bass. Most of our Smallmouth Trips run near Harpers Ferry on the main stem of the Potomac and the main stem of the Shenandoah Rivers. Both were ranked in the top ten for taking smallmouth on surface flies by "Fly Fisherman Magazine". The past 3 years have consistently produced some of the finest smallmouth fishing we have seen in 15 to 20 years. 2013 is positioned to bring us more of the fun and excitement known only to the angler seeking 'pound for pound' the best fighting fish around, the Smallmouth Bass.
Our Guides...local talent, hand selected for their knowledge of our waterways, oarsman's skills, familiarity of local fish habits and patterns. They will assist you with fly and lure selection and offer tips on Fly outfits and casting as well as modifying Spinning Gear. These subtle, but critical changes made on the water give you the advantage that only experience has to offer. Most importantly our guides know how to deliver fish and have fun doing it...Time and Time again!
...all you have to do is fish
Our Boats... handmade labors of love. Owner and Head Guide, Bryan Kelly masterfully crafted our beautiful, western style wooden McKenzie Drift Boat. The McKenzie design was chosen for its comfort and shallow water maneuverablity to reach the nooks and crannies where Smallmouth love to hide.
The NRS Whitewater Raft, outfitted with the dream package fishing frame handles the more technical sections of the rivers and provides outstanding daylong comfort.
Our vessels are outfitted to handle up to two anglers plus your guide and all the gear you would need for a day of fishing. Custom design features have been chosen to serve the Fly Angler or Spin Caster for an exciting day on the river.
Our McKenzie Drift Boats...Click to Enlarge
Our NRS Whitewater Raft...Click to Enlarge
Our Fish... the Smallmouth Bass is king, known for fight and willingness to take flies and artificial lures. Pre-spawn Spincasting is available in April through the middle of May. This season will produce larger fish, and is best suited for the highly experienced angler prepared for luring the post-hibernating smallmouth out of their corners.
Post-spawn and Summer patterns run from late May to the end of June when the Smallmouth enjoy the warmer water temperatures of 65o and up. The perfect time to work on improving your angling skills, be it in Flyfishing or SpinCasting.
Late Summer patterns continue thru the end of August . Larger fish become more territorial and are feisty. Fly Anglers and Spin casters can produce results all day long this time of year.
September starts the Fall Feed and is outstanding for site fishing. October presents Pre-Hibernation Patterns of larger fish, accompanied by the fabulous Autumn colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Our Rivers also have a healthy population of Tiger Muskie, Largemouth Bass and Walleye. Our Guides are experienced in targeting these species as well, when the opportunities present themselves.