Where to Fish: Piney River at the Tye

By Frank Meade, Wintergreen Sporting Club

If you are all about catching fish, I would enjoy a nice paddle all the way to where the Piney meets the Tye. Fish that hole very hard. Drag some crank baits through the deep water retrieving upstream and hold on!! Then float fish the Tye all the way to Route 29. You can float close to the east bank and toss curly tail grubs to the bank. Be ready the second the lure hits the water. There are some nice fish in this section. There is also a resident bald eagle to see somewhere below the wooden bridge after entering the Tye. I prefer portaging my yak under the Route 29 bridge where the water gets fast



Distance from Wintergreen: 30 minutes

Water Type: River

Primary Game Fish: Smallmouth Bass

Recommended Lures/Flies: Crank baits, curly tail grubs, weighted hellgrammites, among others.  This water could be fly fished if wading.

Kayak/Canoe Suitable

Directions: RT 151S to 56E at Piney River toward Lovingston, then right on Roses Mill Rd (674), several miles, put-in is immediately upon crossing river on left. Once unload, can park at parking lot for Piney River Railroad Trail just a bit further south on 674. Alternatively, you can take a left immediately before crossing river, follow a while until see some easy access points road side.

Take-out is from Tye River community well beyond where Tye River goes under Route 29 and also after floating under the railroad bridge. See Rt 30 S Powells Island Rd, Arrington, Nelson, VA  22922, GPS: 37.651206, -78.946519. Follow US 29S to left onto Tye River Road, under bridge then left on S. Powells Island Road and park immediately on right (trail down to river); this is your take-out, so drop vehicle here.

Amenities: Port-a-john available at parking off Roseland Road.