Seventh Annual Flyfish@ Bassclave

OK, it's getting to be that time where I want to start getting things organized for this year's Bassclave!! I contacted the campground today and reserved the sites. I know we would like to be moved from Willow Lane judging by the size of the crowd we had last year, but the campground is under new management and I thought it would be easier to just reserve Willow Lane again. This year, please just remember that this thing is growing by leaps and bounds, so choose your site carefully. In previousyears, we could spread out alot more.

The ninethAnnual Flyfish@ Bassclave will be held from Thursday, July 7th -Sunday, July 10th, 2005 at the Campground at Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge Station, VA on the banks of the scenic James River. Your host for theweekend is me, Drew Nix, who promises to be good this year.

For those who don't know what Bassclave is, it is the only Flyfish@ conclave devoted strictly to chasing smallmouth bass and other warmwater species. This is the sixth year that the clave has been held and it grows bigger and better every year. Typically, a bunch of folks arrive Thursday night and we float the James River on Friday in canoes and rafts. The river does not have to be floated, there is wading access, it's just that floating is in my opinion the BEST way. Typically, it is not hard to find someone to float with, even if you don't bring a canoe (which can be rented from the campgrond and a nearby outfitter).Also, nearby is the Maury River, a much smaller river which is fished effectively by wading and has good access, but can also be floated. I think the Maury would be perfect for a pontoon boat float. The Maury is an incredible smallmouth stream and alot of people spend the whole weekend plying it's waters for smallies. It has, in years past, been where the biggest fish of the whole weekend was caught.

Natural Bridge is located near Lexington, VA just south of the intersection
of Interstate 81 and interstate 64 if you want to locate it easily on a map.

I'm ready for the barrage of email saying "Yes, I am coming" or "No Drew....last year sucked, I'm not coming back" (hopefully I get none of these).

I have reserved the same sites we had last year, and we will go by the same payment schedule as last year. Everyone will pay the folks at the front themselves and there will be a flat rate per day. Closer to the dates of the clave I will fax them a list of attendees. What I need to know (either now or sometime before the clave) is who is coming, who they are bringing with the , whether they need a site (pop-up campers can be brought into Willow Lane, but large RV's cannot. RVs can reserve sites on the other side of the bridge from Willow Lane), and how many nights you will be staying.

More info can be seen on the website, which has not be completely edited
for this year can be seen at: