Faq

HOW DO I BOOK A TRIP?
Use the Calendar form on the booking page or call us at 434-664-9998 and we’ll get you all set up. We’ll need to know the number of people in your group and what dates you’d like to fish. We’ll also talk about the different types of trips that we have available.

DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?
We require a deposit of 50% of the total cost of your trip to hold your spot and date. Deposit is due within 15 business days of booking the trip. The balance is due upon completion of your trip. (Cash, Check, or Money Order)

DO I NEED A FISHING LICENSE?
Yes. You will need a valid Virginia freshwater fishing license. You can get one here.

CAN I KEEP MY CATCH?
Kayak Fish VA is a catch and release only guide service.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Clothing that is considered “active wear” is appropriate for kayaking. We recommend synthetic, quick-drying clothes, long sleeves, a hat, and polarized sunglasses. Wear shoes that will stay on your feet. NO FLIP FLOPS

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
For a half-day trip, we recommend at least 1 liter of water per person and sunscreen. You can pack an easy to eat snack like a granola bar, jerky, or trail mix. For full day trips, You should pack some snacks, a lunch and multiple drinks. Cooler bags will be provided for you to store your food and drinks. Our guides carry camera phones for capturing your moments, it is recommended you place your personal devices in the provided dry bags. While we do provide fishing poles and tackle, you are permitted to bring your own if you so choose. Kayak Fish VA is not responsible for lost or damaged items

WILL I BE IN A KAYAK THE ENTIRE TIME?
No, but that is a great question. In order for you to have a great time on the water, we’ve got to do some pre-trip preparation and lead you through some basic kayak instruction. Once we’ve gotten that out of the way we’ll begin the trip. Depending on water level, it may be necessary to get out and pull your kayak on occasion. Longer trips will include breaks on riverbanks or islands for lunch and to stretch our legs.

WHAT IF I’VE NEVER BEEN KAYAKING OR FISHING BEFORE?
That’s great! We’d be thrilled to be the ones to introduce you to the wonderful sport of kayak fishing. We are happy to cater our guided trips to the skill level of our clients! If you are a novice, We’ll teach you all you need to know before we get on the water so that you feel confident during your trip. Our guides will help you with technique along the way to make your float is as enjoyable as possible. Kayak Fish VA also offers classes on River Kayaking and Kayak Fishing if you feel that is more your speed. If you have concerns or questions, please call our office and let us know.

DO YOU GUARANTEE I’LL CATCH FISH?
There are 2 things we can’t control. The fish and the weather. On rare occasions fish just don’t bite and skunks happen. While we cannot guarantee you will catch fish, we will make every effort to put you in the position to have a successful day on the water.

IF I HAVE A DISABILITY, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO GO KAYAKING?
If you have a disability, you may find that kayaking gives you freedom that being on land doesn’t offer! Please call us to discuss what we can do to help meet your needs.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
We understand that unforeseen situations may arise beyond anyone’s control that affect travel plans. We believe in a fair approach to cancellations. Our cancellation policy is such that it both protects the livelihoods of our guides in the unfortunate event that a scheduled strip must be cancelled, and in some situations, allows you to apply deposits from cancelled trips towards future bookings.
Trips cancelled prior to 15 days minimum of scheduled date:
Your Deposit will be 100% refunded.
Trips cancelled 14 days to within 48 hours prior to scheduled date:
Result in loss of Deposit*.
Trips cancelled with less than “48 hours” or in the event of a “No-Show” for scheduled date:
Result in forfeiture of Deposit plus remaining “Balance” to offset expenses occurred and loss of opportunity for our Guide.

*We will retain your deposit however, verses a forfeiture of the deposit due to your trip cancellation, we will honor the deposit amount making it available for your use on a future trip for a period of one year.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT LOOKS LIKE THE WEATHER IS GOING TO BE BAD?
If there is a significant threat of a thunderstorm, high winds, high water or other inclement weather, we will reschedule your kayaking trip. Safety and comfort are our highest priorities; If conditions are dangerous, we will not go out.

If the trip is going to cancel, we will call you and let you know! If a trip cancels due to inclement weather or conditions, you will not be charged.

CAN I BRING MY OWN FISHING GEAR?
Absolutely! Kayak Fish VA is not responsible for lost or damaged gear.

DOES KFVA SUPPLY THE BAIT AND TACKLE?
All terminal tackle (hooks, line, swivels, snaps, weights) are included with the trip. 1 bag of soft plastics is included with the cost of the trip. If needed, additional bags can be purchased on the water and added to your fee at the end of the trip. Hard lures are included for your use in the trip but remain Kayak Fish VA property. If you lose a hard lure, your guide will have extras to provide you. Loss of hard lures will result in a replacement fee at the end of the trip. You can also ask for a list of recommended baits and tackle so you may supply your own before the trip.

CAN I BRING MY OWN KAYAK?
Yes, but Kayak Fish VA must inspect and approve use of the kayak. We offer a 10% discount to anglers wishing to use their own approved kayak.

DO I HAVE TO WEAR MY PFD?
Yes. Besides being good practice, our insurance regulations require all paddlers to wear their PFD at all times while on the water. NO EXCEPTIONS.

CAN I BRING MY SON OR DAUGHTER?
Yes and no. We have a kid friendly sized kayak for children over the age of 15. Children will be required to demonstrate a general knowledge of kayak control and river navigation to join the trip.  It is recommended that you supply your child with their own fishing pole, otherwise a refundable deposit on Kayak Fish VA equipment may be required. Children count towards the angler limit of the trip and you must be their legal guardian.

CAN I BRING BEER OR DRUGS?
Simply put, NO. Anyone caught with drugs or alcohol will forfeit their trip with NO REFUND. Our guides appreciate you not smoking in their proximity or while using any KFVA owned equipment. Smoke breaks may be taken if you beach and exit the kayak.