New River Trips

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New River guided fly fishing trips and spin fishing trips near Galax, Hillsville, Radford, Independence, Pearisburg and Blacksburg. I fish 7 sections on the Upper New and 5 sections on the Lower New.

Richie Hughes is your guide and owner of New River Trips LLC. He is a retired teacher having taught high school Chemistry and Physics for 29 years in Greensboro NC. He continues to work as a part time Educator. Richie and his wife have lived in the Galax area for eight years. He has fished the New and it's tributaries over 100 days a year since he has lived in the Galax area. This is Richie's sixth season as a professional fishing guide. He has been taking folks down the river for 41 seasons since 1974. He has worked as a canoeing teacher, whitewater guide, and he has led folks on many Western multiday river trips such as Middle Fork of the Salmon, Yampa, Green, San Juan, Gunnison, Dolores, and the Grand Canyon. He is the consummate river outdoorsman.
Offers fly fishing


Drift Boat


6 Hour
6 Hours
$280 for 2 anglers
8+ Hour
8 Hours
$340 for 2 anglers
All fishing trips include rods, reels, lures, flies, digital pictures and cooler with ice for your food. We drive our own shuttle and you provide your own food. If you wish, I can provide food and/or shuttle (for some river sections). Add $25 for shuttle and $5 per person for lunch (sandwich, soda, water, snacks).


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Richie Hughes
(276) 236-5492
(276) 235-2514


Galax, VA 24333

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