Considered one of the oldest rivers in the world, second only to the Nile, the New River flows north from Watauga County. The confluence of the North and South Forks in Ashe County transforms the New River into a larger, floatable river––giving anglers an opportunity to cast to large numbers of Smallmouth Bass in both North Carolina and Virginia.
The New River features a reciprocal agreement that allows Virginia or North Carolina state fishing license and permit holders to fish in a particular mainstream area. This area is located between the confluence of the North and South Forks of the New River in North Carolina (Alleghany County) downstream to the confluence of the New and Little Rivers in Virginia (Grayson County).
The river offers wonderful popper action during the summer, and exciting streamer action during the spring and fall. As with all natural flowing rivers, floats will be determined according to water levels and river conditions.