Tournament Headquarters: 2079-2099 Big Falls Rd‎ Blacksburg, VA 24060 –  Map Here

7/15/13 Update- High Water Contingency Plan

We know you all have been looking forward to this, and it’s finally around the corner; Back Country Ski and Sports and Montgomery County Parks and Rec are proud to present the 4th Annual New River Paddle Fishing Tournament!  Like last year, the tournament will cover an extended stretch on the New River from Whitethorne VA to Eggleston VA.

There will be a Men’s Spinning Category, Women’s Spinning Category, Fly Category, Junior Category (16 and under), and the Midnight Musky Challenge.  The Midnight Musky Challenge begins at 5:00pm on Friday July 19th, and ends at the weigh-in on Saturday July 20th at 3:00pm.  The Challenge is open to anyone brave enough to attempt, and costs an additional $10 entry.  There are 1000’s of dollars in prizes to be won by all categories including boats, paddles, and tons and tons of gear!


Classes and Categories

      Pre-Registration       (Before July 18th)

     Late Registration       (Starts July 19th)







Musky Challenge

$10 (add on)

$10 (add on)





Registration includes:

-Tournament Entry


-Shuttle (which is only running from McCoy to Whitethorne – see tournament regulations for more info)

-2 nights of camping

-BBQ dinner

-Entry into a raffle for a boat!


To register for the tournament, return a filled out Tournament Registration Form to either Back Country location, drop by a store to register in person, or call Montgomery County Parks and Rec at (540) 382-6975 to register by phone.

Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure a spot in the tournament; entries will be limited this year for the enjoyment of all participants.  The registration fee will go up to $30 on July 19th.


Important Documents:

Tournament Registration Form

Tournament Rules and Regulations

Please read both documents for complete information on the tournament.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact either Back Country location or Montgomery County Parks and Rec.  We look forward to seeing you out there!


2013 Event Schedule


Friday, July 19th

5:00 pm – Check In and Camping Begins

5:00 pm – Midnight Musky Challenge Begins

Saturday, July 20th

5:00 am – Check In Resumes

5:15 am – Captains Meeting

5:30 am – Tournament Start Time

10:30 am – Check In Ends

3:00 pm – Photo Weigh-In Deadline

3:00 pm ~ 4:00 pm – Barbecue Dinner

5:00 pm – Awards Ceremony and Raffle

Sunday, July 21st

12:00 pm – Camping Ends and Gate Locked



Your entry fee also includes access to tent camping along the river at the Tournament Headquarters at the take out point. Camping is available for participants only.  Camping is available from 5:00 p.m. on Friday July 19th until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday July 21st.

Camping Rules

-No fires other than the one designated by tournament officials.

-No Drugs.

-No Alcohol

Camping allowed in designated areas only.

Tournament Map

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A: Whitethorne Public Boat Landing

B: Tournament Headquarters

C: Eggleston Take-out

(Video Transcript)

Hey folks, Pat here with Back Country Ski & Sports.

I want to talk to you about something really neat that we’ve been doing for the past few years.

It’s the New River Paddle Fishing Tournament. We host it in the McCoy area, near Blacksburg VA on the New River.

It’s a really fun event, and one of the more exciting things we do. It’s a catch, photo and release paddle fishing tournament.  Canoes, kayaks, john boats – no motors is the only real rule.

This summer, 2013 will be the fourth year we’ve been doing it and it’s been a ton of fun.

It’s a fairly cheap fishing tournament, $25 dollar pre-register. That includes a t-shirt, your regristration for the tournament, we’ll run your shuttle at the end of the and we’ll feed you dinner.

Just by competing and entering into the event, you get a raffle ticket for – this is a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120, donated to us by Wilderness Systems, they’re a major sponsor of the event.

This year we’re doing something a little bit different, we’re going to offer people the opporunity to come in and grab a raffle ticket at any point from now until end of July.

You can increase your odds by buying as many tickets as you want, cash only and any money that we generate from this kayak we’re going to donate to the National Committee for the New River. If you don’t know much about the National Committee, they

do some great things for the New. They do a lot with stream restoration, improving and repairing buffers along the streams that keep sediment from filling up the rivers and the water from becoming hot – keeping wildlife healthy in the rivers.

They do a ton of great stuff. Everyone take something from the event, everyone has fun, everyone has great memories but we really weren’t able to give back to the river. Now, with donating to the National Committee for the New River, I think we’ll be able to give back, which just fulfills the whole event.

To be able to get out there, have fun, kayak fish, relate with other people, get some ideas about how to do some stuff a little bit differently, and then to be able to give back to the community – to know it’s going to be there year after year after year.

It’s truly a great event. We’ll have plenty of details on our website soon,, we’ll have all the details for the paddle fishing tournament.

If you want to know more about the National Committee for the New River, is their website.

Let us know if you have any questions on the event, we’d love to hear (from) you, we’ll post some pictures from last year.

It’s really fun, hope to see you there this year, thanks.