Virginia's premier recreation river is surely the James. The keys to enjoying all it has to offer are revealed in The James River Guide. Fisherman find the best smallmouth bass fishing in hte state, along with muskies and flathead catfish. River runners find everything from placid slackwater to adventurous rapids throughout the river. Spring blossoms, fall color, and the fascinating history of the batteaux era's canals give the James a unique charm. There is something for everyone.