Founder and Head Guide of Virginia-based Middle River Outfitters, Justin was introduced to the sport of fly fishing industry at the age of 12 through a non-profit organization that focuses on teaching youth and conservation projects. Over the past 20 years, he has worked as a guide, sales rep, instructor, clinician, and currently dedicates his time as president of the Virginia chapter of the aforementioned nonprofit.
Originally hailing from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Justin has fished extensively throughout the Potomac, Shenandoah, and Savage River. Justin is a graduate of the Sweetwater Travel Company Guide School, an Orvis-endorsed guide, and an instructor for the master’s class of BOJC in Maryland.
As a guide, Justin is kind, patient, and jovial. In his own words, “I have never lost the appreciation for the simplicity of learning a new thing, trying to see the world through a fish’s eyes, or just how the serenity of a forest by the water’s edge can make a lot melt away. I love to take people fishing and teach them something new or different, but I also appreciate sharing in a learning experience.” Join Justin for your next fishing adventure.
Our Fishing Destinations
Virginia is a great place for exploration with countless fishing and outdoor opportunities throughout the state from saltwater to freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams. The Shenandoah Valley boasts some of the finest fly fishing in the state, with abundant trout, bass, and sunfish. The Middle River flows through the Staunton area east and we are fortunate to be the only outfitter with private access. Though the river is small, it holds a great number of smallmouth and catchable sunfish. Fish are often in the 8”-12” range and great fun for a fly rod. There are numerous ledges and drop offs to pick apart, as well as several downed trees and overhanging sycamores. If you are looking for a quiet, nature filled smallmouth experience, let us be your guide and experience Virginia like you never have before. Read more about Fly Fishing Shenandoah Valley in our blog.